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Reservist competes for national safety award

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. -- A reservist with the 944th Fighter Wing at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., is vying for a cash award and a free roundtrip to Washington, D.C., this spring.

Master Sgt. Kenneth Baldwin and three active-duty Airmen are competing for the 2004 Government Employee Insurance Company Military Service Awards. Winners of the competition receive a plaque, a $2,500 honorarium and a no-expense weekend of lodging and sightseeing for them and their spouses before attending an awards ceremony.

GEICO will use their records and the records of other military service representatives to determine a reserve component winner and four active-duty winners. The Air Force Reserve Command wing safety technician is competing against reservists from the other military services in the traffic safety and traffic accident prevention category.

Sergeant Baldwin conducted monthly local traffic safety briefings and training for more than 500 people in the last five years resulting in zero accidents. Partnering with local law enforcement and emergency agencies, he successfully trained and educated drivers between the ages of 18 and 35. And, as an active member of the Delaware Safe Kids coalition, he promoted bike safety awareness through sponsoring bike safety rodeos and distributing free bike helmets to the military and civilian communities.

GEICO will announce the results of the competition this spring.

In addition to the chance to win prizes from GEICO, the Air Force nominees are now authorized to wear the Air Force Recognition Ribbon.

Another Air Force reservist, Senior Master Sgt. Vaughn A. Gates of the 940th Security Forces Squadron, Beale AFB, Calif., won the reserve component category for 2003.