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Jacksonville Marine gets special recognition

Marine Sgt. Brooke Sharp (Marine Corp Times photo)

The Marine Corps Times Marine of the Year lives in Jacksonville.

Marine Sgt. Brooke Sharp will be recognized Wednesday during a ceremony at The Reserve Officers Association in Washington, D.C. The Marine Corps Times said Sharp went from dealing with data and servers to saving lives.

Sharp was deployed to Afghanistan where she helped get Afghan troops off the battlefield during an evacuation. Below is a press release with more information on Sharp's recognition.

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Marine Sgt. Brooke Sharp went from dealing with cyber, data and servers to saving lives. She deployed to Afghanistan with Task Force Southwest and worked to help shine a light on Taliban activities and got wounded Afghan troops off the battlefield. Sharp, who currently resides in Jacksonville, NC, has been named the 2018 Marine Corps Times Marine of the Year after pushing beyond her job field and being a vital member of Task Force Southwest.

The Marine of the Year is part of the Military Times Service Members of the Year Awards. The award was established in 2001 by Army Times Publishing Company (renamed in 2015, Sightline Media Group). The initial program highlighted exemplary achievement by a service member beyond the call of duty. In the past 17 years, the annual Service Members of the Year Award has grown into a much-anticipated event. The awards ceremony has become one of Washington's A-list events attended by Congressional, military and community leaders.

This year’s ceremony, where Sharp will be recognized, will take place on July 11 at the Reserve Officers Association in Washington, DC.

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