At the annual Department of Maryland convention of the Marine Corps League, the Antietam Detachment was selected as the top detachment in the state.
The award is presented each year during the convention held in Ocean City, Md.
The detachment was selected as the top one after it showed the most growth, community involvement and participation in department, regional and national activities.
Twenty new members, regular (Marines) and associate members, signed with Antietam in 2012.
The 2012 Toys for Tots campaign in Washington County, run by Antietam Detachment, was one of the most successful campaigns in Maryland, serving more than 1,500 families.
In addition to the detachment being selected No. 1 in the state, Antietam Detachment Commandant Jim Mills was selected as the Detachment Commandant of the Year.
Ed Ross, Department of Maryland Marine Corps League commandant, said of Mills, “He (Mills) not only pulled a dying detachment out of the darkness, he led them to the top position in the department.”
Mills said of the awards, “It is an honor and a privilege to accept these awards on the behalf of the Antietam Detachment. Both awards are a reflection of the energy, attitude and can-do spirit of our detachment members. 2012 was an outstanding year for the Antietam Detachment and 2013 is shaping up to be even better. We are taking the Toys for Tots program in a new direction to reach out into the far corners of Washington County.
“Our color guard and honor guard are in constant demand. We have events booked out as far as August.
If someone wants the American flag presented at their event, call on the Marine Corps League.
“The Birthday Ball this year will be bigger than ever, as well; we already have people asking for tickets. We expect it to be so big that we will be holding it at the Hager Hall this November.
“The Antietam Detachment is always looking for new members, both regular and associate. A regular member is anyone who served honorably in the Marine Corps or any Navy corpsman who served with the Fleet Marine Forces. An associate member is anyone who is a friend of the Marine Corps and is willing to uphold the standards and traditions of the Marine Corps. Our standards and traditions are the pinnacle of Marine ethos and they are what set Marines apart and bind us together.”
For more information on the Antietam Detachment of the Marine Corps League or to join the Marine Corps League, send an email to PublicAffairs@MCLAntietamDet.org.