MARFORSOUTH Press Releases

Marine to be awarded for saving lives in Afghanistan helicopter crash
21 Jun 2016

A Marine with Marine Corps Embassy Security Group will be awarded the highest non-combat decoration for heroism in the Marine Corps during an award ceremony set for 1 p.m. at Oakland Park City Hall, June 23.


Brig. Gen. Kevin M. Iiams, the commander of U.S. Marine Corps Forces, South, will present Gunnery Sgt. Geann Pereira, a native of Mantena, Brazil, with the Navy and Marine Corps Medal for his efforts to save the air crew of a helicopter that crashed in Afghanistan in October 2015.


Media interested in attending the award ceremony should contact the U.S. Marine Corps Forces, South Public Affairs Officer, Maj. Armando A. Daviu, email:, phone: 305-437-2554, or the Public Affairs Chief, Gunnery Sgt. Zachary Dyer, email:, phone: 305-437-9014.

Public Affairs Office

Marine Corps Forces South

Maj. Armando Daviu