The Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (NAM) is means for commanders to award exemplary behavior and performance ranging from performing one’s duties in an exemplary manner to outstanding conduct on the battlefield (using the Combat “v” device).
The NAM that I received was not related to performance in combat or anything. This award was for my performance in training foreign militaries. The PDF below provides an explanation in the words of my Commanding Officer as recommended by my Platoon Commander regarding my performance from April 2008 to May 2008 while attached to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, Fox Company.
To simplify, I developed training programs for training a couple of Thai platoons during the Operation Cobra Gold training exercises we did back in 2008 on a float. I also trained a Philippine Marine Platoon and an Indonesian Army platoon during this deployment. Feel free to read over the NAM write up. Unfortunately, I was not able to retain the award document, but was able to get the write up from my Official Military Profile, that is what is provided here.NAM-comp