The Miramar Younger Marines received the Enrique “Kiki” Camarena Award from the Drug Enforcement Administration. The award acknowledges the youth group’s efforts to lower drug use by means of neighborhood schooling and position modeling amongst friends.
The group was one among six items throughout the nation to obtain the award for its “efforts to cut back drug demand.”
The Miramar chapter is a part of the Younger Marines, a nationwide youth management and repair program for youngsters ages eight by means of highschool. The non-profit group fosters the psychological, ethical, and bodily improvement of its members, who’re usually between the ages of eight and 18. This system focuses on character improvement, self-discipline, management, and a wholesome, drug-free way of life.
The award is known as after Enrique “Kiki” Camarena, a DEA particular agent who was murdered in 1985 on the age of 37. Camarena had served within the Marine Corps earlier than becoming a member of the DEA.
Younger Marine items are judged on drug demand discount hours, curriculum, and their work to succeed in out to the neighborhood to incorporate their friends and others.
Models can submit pictures, movies, sponsorships, proclamations, and different demonstrations of their efforts to cut back drug demand. The highest three entries per division are despatched to DEA headquarters and one winner is chosen from every division.
The Miramar chapter, which is led by Younger Marines Cmdr. Bret Righthouse of Rancho Peñasquitos, logged 650 hours of drug demand instruction final 12 months, together with greater than 5,850 hours of neighborhood service and earned 324 ribbons. The chapter, which incorporates members from North County and all through San Diego, was named the Division’s Unit of the Yr in 2020.
The award was introduced on the latest Younger Marine Grownup Leaders Annual Convention in St. Charles, Missouri. Leigh Dick de Vista, division commander of the sixth Younger Marine Division of which the Miramar group is part, accepted the award.