By Elmetra Patterson
Carmen E. Clifton-Cole received the award as Woman of the Year from the Montford Point Marine Association, Inc., Quantico Chapter 32. Her nomination came with accolades from the organization’s president, Eric W. Nelson, with such comments as “Carmen is the epitome of what all members should model. A natural born leader, she is passionate about her work and the Original Montford Point Marines. Her leadership, keen intellect, superior technical skills, and willingness to go above and beyond the call of duty, speaks volume for itself and in the successes of the association over the year. During this time, no one has done it better than she has.”
Montford Point Marine Association Inc. (MPMA) Quantico Chapter 32 Secretary, Carmen Cole, recognized at the First Annual Maranatha Seventh Day Adventist Church services, Honoring Military Women as Keepers of the Flame on 18 May 2013, Armed Forces Day in San Diego, CA.
The Keeper of the Flame Award was created to honor the women who have served their country in uniform during time of war and peace and extended her passion for service to her community. The award honored women on active duty, the veteran and the ROTC cadet.
Carmen was nominated in the Veteran Category but received the award for the Warrant Officer/Chief Warrant Officer Category. She was awarded the Neighborhood Hero Certificate from the former Mayor of San Diego, Mr. Bob Filner, a plaque, certificate of commendation and commemorative coin from Pastor A. Pressley and the Maranatha Seventh Adventist Church.
Carmen E. Clifton-Cole became the first female Warrant Officer in the U.S. Marine Corps, Motor Transport Maintenance Field (3510) on February 1, 1993. Her promotions to Chief Warrant Officer 2 and 3 were also first in the U.S. Marine Corps, Motor Transport Maintenance Field. She retired a Chief Warrant Officer 3 on May 1, 2001.
Presently, Carmen works full time for the Marine Corps JROTC programs as the Operations Manager and cares for her family Angelo G. Crawford (USMC Ret.), 3 daughters and 2 dogs. She is also an active member of other veteran and educational organizations. Carmen finds time to make frequent trips to Louisville, MS. from Fredericksburg, VA. to help care for her mother, Claudell Weaver, who is presently being treated for her second bout with cancer. Carmen makes trips here and takes her mother to Houston, TX. for care. Carmen is highly loved and appreciated by her grandmother, Betsy Ann Eichelberger, her aunts and uncles as she helps to care for her mother, affectionately known as ‘Mama Weaver’.