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John Matthews' Distinguished Service Award
Rich Barnhart's Marine of the Year 2008
Sgt-At-Arms Rich Barnhart, named Marine of the Year for 2008 for his dedication and commitment to the detachment at the Marine Corps Birthday Ball..

Marine Of The Year
Rich Barnhart

"Dedication and commitment" best describe Richard M. Barnhart.

When approached to create a Pineywoods Detachment web page, although not at the time a member, Barnhart created and had the page up and running within two days. He then joined the Marine Corps League.

Since he became a member, Barnhart has been the detachment's Web Sergeant. Charged with maintaining the site, he updates and keeps accurate all information, uploads recent photographs of Detachment activities, and continually refines the page design constantly looking for new and creative ways to showcase the Detachment mission. He presented a training session to other detachment representatives at a Department of Texas District 2 conference where he generously shared his knowledge and experience. When asked, he has created or helped several other local organizations launch their websites.

Recently, the Detachment explored the possibility of holding a charity golf tournament. Barnhart visited several venders to determine the likelihood of corporate sponsorship and, at his own expense, traveled to most of the golf courses in East Texas seeking advice regarding organizing a tournament.

Barnhart represented the Detachment nearly every day of the Piney Woods Fair. He recently spoke to a local chapter of Rotary International on behalf of all veterans' organizations including the Marine Corps League.

Barnhart is also the Detachment's Sergeant-at-Arms and Public Information Officer, and participates on several committees, writes for the Detachment newsletter, and, with his family, remains active in the community.

For his unswerving and tireless dedication to the United States Marine Corps, The Marine Corps League, and the Pineywoods Detachment, it with great pleasure that Detachment Marine of the Year is presented to Richard M. "Rich" Barnhart.

Marine of the Year
John Matthews' Distinguished Service Award