Belle Harbor Marine Receives Top Award
Belle Harbor resident, Staff Sergeant Cassidy W. Tibbets, USMCR, pictured second from the right, was the recipient of the 2011 Marine Corps Reservist of the Year award. SSgt. Tibbets was chosen, out of 35,000 Reservists, to receive this award for his outstanding contribution to combat readiness while serving as Company Gunnery Sergeant and Technical Controller Chief, Support Company, 6th Communications Battalion, 4th Marine Logistics Group, Marine Force Reserve, located in Floyd Bennett Field, Brooklyn. Through his skilled management and tireless effort, SSgt. Tibbets ensured the completion of multiple rifle ranges, combat water safety qualifications, combat fitness tests, and all other annual training required for a reserve unit to be considered mobilization ready. As Technical Controller Chief, his technical expertise and work ethic contributed immeasurably to the operational success of the Battalion’s many communication exercises. In addition, his attention to the personal and professional well-being of the company’s Marines was positively reflected in the increased morale and motivation of the unit. SSgt. Tibbets’ initiative, perseverance, and total dedication to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. The award was presented in a ceremony on Marine Corps Base Quantico, located in Virginia. In attendance were his wife, Barbara (née Nellen), and his aunt and uncle; Michael and Gay Tibbets, of Floydada, Texas.