HUBER HEIGHTS — The Miami Valley Young Marines (MVYM) has won the prestigious national “Kiki” Camarena award. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Young Marines, a national youth organization, announced the award, received for unit drug demand reduction efforts through community education and peer-to-peer role modeling. The award was presented to MVYM Unit Commander J. Keagan Miller at the Young Marines Annual Adult Leaders’ Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada.
A special presentation of the award was given by Steven Miller, Special Agent In Charge of the Dayton Drug Enforcement Administration and by Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer on June 7th.
The award is named in memory of DEA Special Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena who served as a Marine. He was very concerned about the drug problem in the U.S., and in 1974, he became a special agent with the DEA. He worked in Mexico, and he had come dangerously close to exposing the top leaders of a multi-billion drug pipeline. He was abducted and brutally murdered in 1985 at the age of 37.
Chuck Rosenberg, Acting Administrator of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration offered his congratulations to the MVYM. Rosenberg said that the Young Marines are true role models for their peers and the community. He thanked them for spreading the prevention message and for making a positive impact on the community through drug education awareness.
Young Marine units are judged on drug demand reduction (DDR) hours, curriculum and the steps taken to reach out to the community to include peers and others. Units are allowed to enter pictures, endorsements, proclamations, videos and other items that help demonstrate their drug demand reduction efforts. The best two or three entries per division are sent to the Drug Enforcement Administration’s headquarters, and a winner from each of six divisions is selected. Unit Commander Miller stated that attainment of this recognition would not have been possible without the active cooperation of many Miami Valley political, service and public safety organizations. He especially applauds the efforts of all of the MVYM Young Marines who exerted committed efforts to the drug awareness mission.
The Young Marines is a national non-profit 501c(3) youth education and service program for boys and girls, age eight through the completion of high school. The Young Marines promotes the mental, moral and physical development of its members. The program focuses on teaching the values of leadership, teamwork and self-discipline, so its members can live and promote a healthy, drug-free lifestyle.
Since beginning in 1959 with one unit and a handful of boys, the Young Marines organization has grown to 275 units with 9,200 youth and 2,760 adult volunteers in 40 states, the District of Columbia and Okinawa with affiliates in other countries.
For more information, visit the official website at: http://www.youngmarines.com. Anyone that has an interest in MVYM membership, may call 937-410-0144.