By Lance CPL. REBA JAMES
U.S. Marine Corps
Weston native, Cpl. MaryBeth Monson, a structural mechanic with Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 13 with the Marine Corps Air Station in Yuma, Ariz., has been selected to receive the United Service Organization’s USO Woman of the Year Military Leadership Award.
This award recognizes women who have played important roles for our armed forces during some of the most challenging times in our nation’s history. The corporal will receive her award today, May 2, at the 47th USO Woman of the Year luncheon at the Pierre Hotel in New York City.
Monson is one of five enlisted female service members from each branch of service of the armed forces who will each receive the award. The USO will also honor a senior female military officer and one fallen female service member in commemoration of their dedication, achievements and service to the country.
“I almost passed out,” Monson said about receiving notification she had been selected for the USO award. “My brother, who works with avionics here at MCAS Yuma, just left for Afghanistan in support of third Battalion, 11th Marines. I knew I was nominated, but I didn’t think I was going to win.”
Monson was nominated by her command for the USO Woman of the Year Military Leadership Award for her selfless dedication in leading and mentoring others as a structural mechanic for aircraft in support of Marine Attack Squadron 211. Her service in the military includes a deployment to Afghanistan, where she was deployed for six months from April until October 2012.
“I’m nervous, but looking forward to going to New York City to accept the award,” said Monson.
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