Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician First Class Petty Officer Travis Holland, assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 11, was honored by the United Service Organization (USO) with the George Van Cleave Military Leadership Award during the 58th Armed Forces Gala and Gold Medal Dinner on December 4 in New York City.
The USO George Van Cleave Military Leadership Award is the USO of Metropolitan New York’s way of publicly recognizing the outstanding commitment, exceptional service, sacrifice and achievements of military members who have shown extraordinary dedication to their country. The award is given to service members from each branch of the Armed Forces, who through their selfless commitment to the United States of America, inspire others to lift the spirits of their comrades, their families, and the American people.
Holland, from Golden, Colorado, said being honored by the USO was a surprise. He said, “I have been truly honored by it. The whole process from start to finish has been a new adventure, and I am humbly grateful to be the one representing such an amazing team.”