2020 Act of Valor Award Ceremony

On Thursday, November 19, the Bob Feller Act of Valor Award Foundation held their Eighth Annual Award ceremony virtually from the studios of the Defense Media Activity in Fort Meade, Maryland. The Foundation holds this ceremony each year in order to teach the legacy and values of the greatest generation to the youngest generation and to honor the year’s award and scholarship recipients.

The Foundation honored both Military and Major League Baseball Awardees in the following Categories for 2020:

  • Peer to Peer Award (Ashore): Training Support Center Great Lakes Chapter of the Coalition of Sailors Against Destructive Decisions (CSADD).
  • Peer to Peer Award (Afloat): USS AMERICA (LHA 6) Junior Enlisted Association.
  • Bob Feller Navy Chief Petty Officer Outstanding Leadership Award: Aviation Ordnanceman Chief Lacresha L. Dowdell.
  • United States Marine Corps Jerry Coleman Award: Master Sergeant Herman H. Kruppa.
  • Major League Baseball Award: Craig Nicholas Stammen of the San Diego Padres.
  • National Baseball Hall of Fame Award: Brooks Calbert Robinson, Jr.

In addition to the recognition awards, The Foundation was proud to award six $2,000 Educational Scholarships to deserving children of military families, veterans, and active service members, providing financial assistance in pursuit of their undergraduate degrees.

Military Family Scholarships
Ana Cannon, Jenna Grant and Elise Puliafico

Veteran Scholarships
Precious Bissau, Mao Cybil, and James Gittens

The Virtual Experience

In order to simulate a live award ceremony, a multi-faceted on-line experience was created that provided many of the aspects of an in-person event on a platform hosted by Leading Edge Training Solutions, LLC (LETS).

The online experience included a live feed of the award ceremony that was complemented by a live chat lounge where viewers could interact and connect with each other, similar to how attendees might interact in person.

Additionally, a Virtual Exhibit Hall provided attendees the opportunity to participate in a silent auction of autographed items and learn more about the event’s sponsors by visiting their virtual booths .

Throughout the virtual experience, attendees could visit the platform’s Lobby to view videos about past award recipients, interviews and events that the Foundation undertook this past year.

The Award Ceremony program was simulcast to active military and their families in 177 countries, and 279 Navy ships at sea, with the support of the Defense Media Activity (DMA), a mass media and training education organization that creates and distributes U.S. Department of Defense content across a variety of media platforms to audiences around the world.