45th CES member receives GEICO Military Service Award
By 1st Lt. Alicia Wallace, 45th Space Wing Public Affairs
/ Published April 30, 2015
PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- For 27 years, the Government Employees Insurance Company has recognized enlisted service members of the Armed Forces for improving their local military and civilian communities by addressing important safety and health issues.
Master Sgt. Keval A. Smith, 45th Civil Engineer Squadron, NCO in charge of unit safety and vehicle control, received the 2014 Government Employees Insurance Company Military Service Award for the Air Force at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., April 27 for his work in traffic safety and accident prevention.
"Receiving this award is a true honor for me. I have always believed in keeping people safe and that goes beyond members of the base," said Smith. "This award isn't just my own effort; I have everyone in my squadron to thank as well as those in vehicle safety who have done so much work to protect our Airmen."
Smith expertly led the 45th Space Wing's largest safety program and vehicle fleet as he coordinated 310 inspections, managed 155 vehicles valued at $5.4 million and preserved $3.2 billion in infrastructure. As the 45th Space Wing Motorcycle Safety representative, he played a vital role in conducting 45 inspections and training 90 riders on safe cycle operations.
He was instrumental in piloting a motorcycle mentor ride program during his off-duty time, leading more than 40 riders on safe group riding, which resulted in a 15 percent decrease in cycle mishaps. He was also a key member of the 45th Wing Airmen Against Drunk Driving program.
"Military members have been part of GEICO's history since the company was founded, and we are proud to give special recognition to these servicemen and servicewomen who have selflessly worked to improve their communities through the 2014 GEICO Military Service Awards," said GEICO chairman Tony Nicely.