The 13th annual American Eagle Awards located at Sywanyk’s Scarlet and Gold in Jacksonville honored five Marines earlier this month. Of the five Marines selected, Staff Sgt. Dayton McConnell went on to receive the John A. Lejeune Award. The men were selected by command sergeant majors from the 2nd MARDIV, 2nd MAW, 2nd MLG, MARSOC, and MCIEAST. McConnell was chosen for his leadership, character and dedication, with his command commenting on how he regularly goes above and beyond when performing his duties.