Deputy First Class Christopher Crites was presented with the Medal of Merit for his service in the Florida Army Reserve National Guard by Governor Rick Scott during his recent visit to Kuwait. DFC Crites has served in the National Guard for 19 years, and is currently in his third deployment overseas. A career corrections officer, he has been with the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office for six years, first serving 11.5 with the State of Florida.
Governor Scott said, “It’s an honor to be in Kuwait to award these brave Florida National Guard soldiers with the Medal of Merit in recognition of their service to our country. I believe we must take every opportunity we can to thank these service men and women for dedicating their lives to serving our state and country. It has been a distinct honor to spend time with the distinguished men and women of Bravo Battery 3-116 this week.”
DFC Crites, a Staff Sergeant in the National Guard, was recognized by Governor Scott during the presentation as an “outstanding chief and dedicated NCO, leading the platoon’s ammunition team.”
“The Sheriff’s Office is proud of DFC Crites’ dedication to service – not only to his community, but also to his country,” stated Sheriff Prummell. “We look forward to his safe return to Charlotte County.”
DFC Crites is expected home from his most recent tour of duty this Fall, at which time he will return to work at the Charlotte County Jail.
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