Norfolk Sailors rewarded for their "honor, courage and commitment"

According to Naval leadership at Naval Base Norfolk, Va., Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Rich, and Petty Officer 1st Class Edmond Le Claire, both share the same traits: A love of their country, a willingness to do whatever it takes to get a job done, and exemplifying the Navy's core values of honor, courage and commitment. These factors in part led to the Sailors being selected as the latest "Pioneer Services' Pole Position Award" winners, and were awarded with a behind-the-scenes look at the NASCAR Busch Series at the Emerson Radio 250 in Richmond, Va., Sept. 8.

For the second year, Pioneer Services is sponsoring The "Pole Position Award"—a nomination process that rewards members of the Armed Forces who have gone above and beyond the call of duty. Those who are selected as deserving by their senior leaders will receive tickets to a race and get to tour the pits and garage area. 

Le Claire, a 15-year Navy veteran originally from Pittsburgh, viewed the experience as a way to display his "pride for the military and demonstrate what it means to wear the uniform of the United States Navy." He, along with Rich, received a tour of the pit and garage areas and viewed the race from the pits.

"The entire day was a great experience," said Rich. "Hanging out at the hauler, meeting the driver, watching the race from pit road. It was a great day, thanks again for the opportunity."