Combat cameraman to receive national recognition

Published: Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 06:47 PM.

While the officer who nominated Carls could not be reached for comment, one of his superiors, Master Sgt. Chad Kiehl, said that Carls winning the award has been a motivator for the Marines around him.

“This is huge,” Kiehl said. “It’s an honor to have him recognized as the videographer of the year. Any time any of our Marines are recognized is outstanding, especially with such a prestigious award.”

Carls’ level of attention to detail and professionalism are why Kiehl said he wasn’t surprised when he heard that Carls had won the award.

“He is dedicated to the mission and job of combat camera,” Kiehl said. “He really wants to highlight his fellow Marines. He wants to give recognition to the riflemen and the job they do.”

When Carls went to Defense Information School to become a combat cameraman he never imagined he would be the recipient of any of the awards they learned about. He actually joked about winning one of them, never thinking it would actually happen, he said.

“It’s great that I won,” Carls said. “This is something my kids can look back on and be proud of me about.”

He said he hopes that this award teaches other Marines that hard work always pays off.

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