Vanguard Alum David Sarmiento Receives Samuel Stone Award

Chaplain, Captain David Sarmiento ’99, alumni of Vanguard University, has just been formally recognized as the Chaplain of the Year for the Air National Guard of the United States and was awarded the Samuel Stone Award. Sarmiento was picked out of a group of eight nominees representing well over 300 Chaplains from across the United States and US territories and is the first Hispanic American to receive the award.

Sarmiento received the Samuel Stone award for his outstanding support for military families whose loved ones are deployed all around the world and for providing pastoral care to the 24 hour Predator Operation missions. Sarmiento has officiated well over 200 wing-related functions that include retirements, conferences, briefings, seminars, weddings and change of commands while also being involved in death notifications, funerals and Fallen Angel Ceremonies. He has exemplified the very best of the Chaplain Corps Values of glorifying God, serving airman and pursuing excellence.

The Samuel Stone Award is named for the late Chaplain Samuel Stone who was the first recorded chaplain to serve in the militia of colonial America. The annual winner is an officer selected based on training accomplishments or contributions to mission support, exhibition of leadership in contributing to civic, cultural or professional activities in the military or civilian community, and enrollment in off-duty programs of professional self-improvement.

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