Food Service Specialist First Class Brandon Ingram was selected as Service Person of the Month for August. The New London Kiwanis honored Ingram on August 25 during a luncheon at Mitchell College Clark Center, New London.
The Service Person of the Month Program provides community recognition of outstanding active duty enlisted personnel stationed in the Groton-New London area. Coordinated by the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT in cooperation with all active duty units of military organizations permanently based in the area, the program is actively supported by local service clubs and civic organizations who celebrate the monthly awardees at events sponsored by the clubs or organizations.
Brandon serves as the Quality Assurance Evaluator for dining services at the Coast Guard Academy. He demonstrated exceptional dedication and a consistent high level of leadership as one of only two petty officers chosen to perform the collateral duties of first line mentor of two cadets. Ingram willingly gave his personal time to mentor these cadets. And during a suitability for service board, gave testimony as to the progress one had made, eventually leading to his being retained as a Petty Officer. The performance of Brandon at this hearing led him to be selected to sit on a leadership board.
Brandon, being a forward thinker, recommended that rechargeable emergency lighting be purchased in sufficient quantity to light most of the wardroom, galley and the All Hands Dining Facility should the power ever go out.
After receiving his gifts, Ingram said “None of this would be possible without the support of my wife. She gives me the courage and motivation to continue to do the things I do.”