From the Marine Force Manual (2012)
(Page 54)

"Remember, although only certain persons can actually authorize each of these awards, they can be nominated by anyone in the Chain of Command. This is one reason why unit reports and good communication are so important. If the Brigade OIC never hears about the things your unit has done, he certainly can’t nominate or issue an award."

 
Forms
To nominate a marine for an award issued by the Brigade OIC, you must fill out and submit the form found at:
http://www.sfi-sfmc.org/awards.php?p=brigade
 
To nominate a marine for an award issued at the Corps level, you must fill out and submit the form found at:
http://www.sfi-sfmc.org/awards.php?p=corps
 
If you are a marine who qualifies for the Medical Branch awards as specified in the Marine Force Manual on page 64, you must fill out and submit the form found at:
http://www.sfi-sfmc.org/awards.php?p=medical
 
It is of the UTMOST IMPORTANCE that these forms be filled out both CORRECTLY and COMPLETELY. Any nomination (or Medical Branch request) not filled out both correctly and completely CAN NOT BE FAVORABLY ACTED UPON.
 

MSG/MEU/MTU OICs: Your next report is due on:
01OCT2015 to your BDE OIC