by 1st Lt. Alicia Wallace
45th Space Wing Public Affairs
4/30/2015 - PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- For
27 years, the Government Employees Insurance Company has recognized
enlisted service members of the Armed Forces for improving their local
military and civilian communities by addressing important safety and
Master Sgt. Keval A. Smith, 45th Civil Engineer Squadron, NCO in charge
of unit safety and vehicle control, received the 2014 Government
Employees Insurance Company Military Service Award for the Air Force at a
ceremony in Washington, D.C., April 27 for his work in traffic safety
and accident prevention.
"Receiving this award is a true honor for me. I have always believed in
keeping people safe and that goes beyond members of the base," said
Smith. "This award isn't just my own effort; I have everyone in my
squadron to thank as well as those in vehicle safety who have done so
much work to protect our Airmen."
Smith expertly led the 45th Space Wing's largest safety program and
vehicle fleet as he coordinated 310 inspections, managed 155 vehicles
valued at $5.4 million and preserved $3.2 billion in infrastructure. As
the 45th Space Wing Motorcycle Safety representative, he played a vital
role in conducting 45 inspections and training 90 riders on safe cycle
He was instrumental in piloting a motorcycle mentor ride program during
his off-duty time, leading more than 40 riders on safe group riding,
which resulted in a 15 percent decrease in cycle mishaps. He was also a
key member of the 45th Wing Airmen Against Drunk Driving program.
"Military members have been part of GEICO's history since the company
was founded, and we are proud to give special recognition to these
servicemen and servicewomen who have selflessly worked to improve their
communities through the 2014 GEICO Military Service Awards," said GEICO
chairman Tony Nicely.