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Calendar >  DEA Presents Enrique ‘Kiki’ Camarena Awards To Six Young Marine Units

DEA Presents Enrique ‘Kiki’ Camarena Awards To Six Young Marine Units

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The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Young Marines, a national youth organization, announce the Young Marines unit winners of the Enrique “Kiki” Camarena Award. The award honors six units, one award per division, for drug demand reduction efforts through community education and peer-to-peer role modeling.

L to R: Michael A. Davis, special agent in charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s St. Louis Division; Leigh Dick, of Vista, division commander of the Young Marines 6th Division; and Col William P. Davis USMC (Ret), national executive director and CEO of the Young Marines.
 

The official announcement took place at the Young Marines Annual Adult Leaders’ Conference on Friday, May 13 in St. Charles, Missouri.

The winners are:

  • Division One – Natchaug River Young Marines in Danielson, Connecticut
  • Division Two – Manassas Young Marines in Manassas, Virginia
  • Division Three – Milton Lewis Young Marines in Gainesville, Florida
  • Division Four – Guadalupe Valley Young Marines in Seguin, Texas
  • Division Five – Miami Valley Young Marines in Huber Heights, Ohio
  • Division Six – Miramar Young Marines in San Diego, California

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-dollar drug pipeline. He was abducted and brutally murdered in 1985 at the age of 37.

“DEA is proud to honor the memory of Special Agent Camarena by recognizing the prevention efforts of these exemplary young people,” said DEA Administrator Anne Milgram. “It is gratifying to see the thought, creativity, and hard work these Young Marines dedicate to this important program. As tomorrow’s leaders, these students are poised to have a lasting impact on making our communities safer and healthier.”

Young Marine units are judged on drug demand reduction (DDR) hours, curriculum, and the steps taken in reaching out to the community to include peers and others. Units can enter pictures, endorsements, proclamations, videos, and other items that help demonstrate their DDR efforts. The best three entries per division are sent to the Drug Enforcement Administration’s headquarters, and a winner from each division is selected.

“We are proud of our relationship with the DEA, and we congratulate the six outstanding units who won this prestigious award,” said Col William P. Davis USMC (Ret), national executive director and CEO of the Young Marines. “Each year the submissions get more creative and more effective with units taking initiative to get out of the classrooms and out into their communities with the DDR message.”

That message is to lead a healthy, drug free lifestyle. The winning units are on the cutting edge not only in effort, but also in enthusiasm and creativity.

“Our Young Marines are truly committed to making a difference,” said Davis, “and their efforts are being recognized.”

About the Young Marines

The Young Marines is a national non-profit 501(c)(3) youth education and service program for boys and girls, age eight through high school graduation. 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 the Young Marines’ humble beginnings in 1959 with one unit and a handful of boys, the organization has grown to more than 238 units with 6,100 youth and 2,100 adult volunteers in 40 states, the District of Columbia, Japan, and affiliates in a host of other countries.

For more information, visit the official website at: https://youngmarines.org.

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