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MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan — Misawa’s chief master sergeants are toting new coins and will use them to recognize good deeds by servicemembers and civilians.

Through the Chief’s Pick program, every member of the Chief’s Group will receive a special coin to hand out at the beginning of each quarter. Emblazoned on the coin are the words “Presented for Excellence.”

The coins can be given to anyone for outstanding duty performance, significant accomplishments and contributions to the Misawa community.

“To maintain the spirit of this award, there will be no rank, duty status, unit of assignment or similar restrictions associated with this program,” Chief Master Sgt. Bill Yagatich, Chief’s Group vice president, told the Northern Light, Misawa’s base newspaper.

Each chief is responsible for coordinating time, date and location of the coin presentation.

“The Chief’s Pick program is important because as chiefs we need to make sure we are out there in touch with the troops,” Chief Master Sgt. Brett Allison, Chief’s Group president, said in the news report. “It’s nice to stop and tell a troop, ‘Hey, you’re doing a great job,’ but it’s better when you can give them something they can take with them.”

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