Military Child of the Year News and Announcements

March 10, 2016

RECIPIENTS ANNOUNCED FOR 2016 MILITARY CHILD OF THE YEAR® AWARD

Each Deserving Young Patriot Receives $10,000

 

Operation Homefront today announced the six recipients of the 2016 Military Child of the Year® Award. The national non-profit organization that builds strong, stable, and secure military families annually gives the award to an outstanding military child from each branch of service – Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and the National Guard.

                                         

Each award recipient will receive $10,000 and will be flown with a parent or guardian to Washington, D.C., for a special recognition gala on April 14. United Technologies Corp. is the presenting sponsor for the Military Child of the Year® Awards Gala. Other sponsors are Wounded Warrior Project, Southern New Hampshire University, Murphy-Goode Winery, MidAtlanticBroadband, La Quinta Inns & Suites, and Aflac. Operation Homefront will also present the inaugural Booz Allen Hamilton Innovation Award for Military Children at the gala, the recipient of which will be announced next week.

 

Ideal candidates for the Military Child of the Year® Award demonstrate resilience and strength of character, and thrive in the face of the challenges of military life. They also demonstrate leadership within their families and within their communities.

 

“The children in our military families demonstrate the best in our society and our Military Child of the Year® Award recipients are extraordinary representatives of this spirit of selfless service,” said Brig Gen (ret) John I. Pray, Jr., president and CEO of Operation Homefront. “They perform at a very high level both in and out of school while simultaneously dealing with parental deployments, recurring relocations, and other challenges associated with military life. I can’t wait to meet these outstanding young people and present them with their well-deserved awards.”

 

Following are the 2016 Military Child of the Year® Award recipients.

 

ARMY

Lorelei McIntyre-Brewer, 10

Duncannon, Pa.

 

Lorelei aspires to be a writer. Her own story has been as compelling as any topic she might choose. The daughter of Chelle McIntyre-Brewer and Steven Brwer, a Captain in the Medical Service Corps. Lorelei was born missing half her heart. She underwent open heart surgery shortly after her birth at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and has since undergone 21 medical procedures, including three open heart surgeries. After her third open heart surgery, Lorelei’s lungs collapsed and she started to literally drown in fluid surrounding her heart and lungs.  After a long, grueling recovery, Lorelei survived her ordeal, but it changed her forever.  At 5, she learned to sew in order to make compression heart pillows for pediatric open heart patients, aiding in their recovery from surgery. She named her organization Heart Hugs and it spread like wildfire. Lorelei was awarded Dr. Oz’s Every Day Health Hero in 2015 for her work with Heart Hugs, of which she is the founder and CEO.  She was also recognized by Points of Light Foundation and received the Maryland Volunteerism Award for her creation of Heart Hugs. Lorelei, a 4.0 student and lifelong Girl Scout, never slows down as she tirelessly advocates for children’s health through a variety of national organizations.

 

MARINE CORPS

Christian Fagala, 9

Quantico, Virginia

 

The son of Diana Fagala and Marine Capt. Justin Fagala, Christian, 9-years-old at the time of his nomination, was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 2. He was treated at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. He had a harder time learning due to the cognitive effects of chemotherapy but rose to the advanced reading level and otherwise exceeded academic expectations. Christian has relocated four times already and has endured 16 months of his father’s deployment. Rising to the challenges of military life, Christian at age 4 began doing speaking engagements on behalf of childhood cancer programs. Christian started his own campaign for Childhood Cancer Awareness, and he participates in numerous annual walks to raise money for the cause. Christian has raised more than $20,000 in the last few years for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and CureSearch. Christian additionally has devoted more than 100 hours to homeless outreach, participating in Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts along the way.

 

NAVY

Jeffrey Burds, 17

Camp Lejeune, North Carolina

 

Jeffrey was 9 years old when his mother succumbed to colon cancer. The day before she passed, his mother told him, “Do great things in life.” It is apparent that this son of Debra Rae Burds and Navy Master Chief Hospital Corpsman Joseph Burds took to those words to heart, devoting his life to making a difference in the lives of others. He is distinguished, above all, by his leadership and by his academic excellence. Posting a 3.94 grade point average, Jeffrey is a National Honor Society volunteer and executive officer of the Camp Lejeune High School Marine Corps JROTC, the boot camp of which he was named an honor graduate in 2013.

 

AIR FORCE                                                                     

Madeleine Morlino, 17

Moorestown, New Jersey  

 

Madeleine was adopted from China when she was 11 months old. Believing fervently that her family made her life better than it would have been had she remained in China, Madeleine has devoted her life to keeping America and her community strong. Motivated by the challenges her family faced as her father transitioned from military to civilian life, Madeleine set out to ease the transition for other service members. She conceived, organized and led a job expo for veterans in her hometown. She and her colleagues on the committee that planned the event successfully attracted national and local businesses that were poised to offer veterans meaningful employment. A future U.S. Air Force Academy cadet, with a 4.23 weighted grade point average, Madeleine is the daughter of Kerry Ann Morlino and retired Air Force Master Sgt. Leonard Morlino.

 

COAST GUARD

Keegan Fike, 17

Fairhaven, Massachusetts

 

The son of Rebecca Fike and Coast Guard Lt. Brent Fike, Keegan has been active in the Boy Scouts, including, but certainly not limited to, organizing food drives – leading, emceeing, or otherwise participating in flag-retirement ceremonies, and mentoring Cub Scouts and junior Boy Scouts as an assistant scoutmaster. As a junior assistant scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 52, Keegan earned the Cachalot Youth Leadership Award of Merit for his participation in the 2014 summer camp, leading boys from three different troops. He also scheduled activities and led training sessions on fire safety, geocaching, flag etiquette, and other instruction.   Keegan has seen 125 months of his father’s deployment and has experienced six military permanent change of station relocations.

 

NATIONAL GUARD

John “Trip” Landon III, 17

Ellensburg, Washington

 

A National Honor Society member with a 3.9 grade point average, Trip is homeschooled for academics and participates in extracurricular activities at Ellensburg High School in Ellensburg, Washington. Guided by his faith, the son of Laura Landon and Army National Guard Capt. John Landon II has excelled in academics, sports, Scouting, the arts, and faith-based service to his community. Trip has made his mark in Scouting. As a Silver Palm-awarded Eagle Scout, Trip, who achieved the coveted rank of Eagle Scout before his 15th birthday, led four teenagers and four adults in planning and constructing an archery range backstop, a project that entailed 574 man hours. Trip aspires to work in prosthetics engineering, a career path which would allow him to help wounded warriors to return to service.

 

 

Jan 11, 2016

Semifinalists Announced for 2016 Military Child of the Year

Operation Homefront Announces Inaugural Booz Allen Hamilton Innovation Award for Military Children to be Presented at April Gala

Operation Homefront today announced the 90 semifinalists — representing all five service branches and the National Guard — for the 2016 Military Child of the Year® Award. 2016 marks the eighth year Operation Homefront has presented the award, which will be given to one outstanding military child from each category: Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and National Guard.

Each semifinalist will be interviewed by a team selected by Operation Homefront staff. Award recipients will be chosen by a panel of judges, to include senior retired service members, senior spouses, members of Operation Homefront’s board of directors, and other leaders in the military support community.

The recipient of the Military Child of the Year® Award for each category will be announced in March. Each award recipient will receive $10,000 and will be flown with a parent or guardian to Washington, D.C., for a special recognition gala on April 14. United Technologies Corp. is the presenting sponsor for the Military Child of the Year® Awards Gala. Other sponsors are Southern New Hampshire University, Murphy Goode Winery, MidAtlanticBroadband, and Aflac. Operation Homefront will present the inaugural Booz Allen Hamilton Innovation Award for Military Children at the gala.

Ideal candidates for the Military Child of the Year® Award demonstrate resilience and strength of character, and thrive in the face of the challenges of military life. They also demonstrate leadership within their families and within their communities.

“The children in our military families are absolutely amazing and these Military Child of the Year® semifinalists are extraordinary representatives of this very special segment of our society,” Operation Homefront President John I. Pray Jr. said. “They perform at a very high level both in and out of school while simultaneously dealing with parental deployments, recurring relocations, and other challenges associated with military life. Members of the selection committee clearly have their work cut out for them as they evaluate these exemplary young people. I congratulate each of the semifinalists for reaching this key phase in the selection process.”

The following are the semifinalists for the 2016 Military Child of the Year® Award:

ARMY

Mary T., 17, Wahiawa, Hawaii
Elissa N., 16, Sparta, Wis.
Hunter H., 14, Lansing, Kan.
Emalee H., 17, Elizabethtown, Ky.
Asia H., 12, West Point, N.Y.
Lorelei M., 10, Duncannon, Pa.
Jaccob H., 15, Saucier, Miss.
Gabrielle L., 17, Shavano Park, Texas
Hannah J., 17, Valrico, Fla.
Olivia D., 18, Hattiesburg, Miss.
Amari M., 15, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Elizabeth O., 17, Aberdeen, N.C.
Jennifer L., 17, Enterprise, Ala.
Paris S., 8, Cameron, N.C.
Antoinette K., 10, Vine Grove, Ky.

 

MARINE CORPS

Carson B., 17, Virginia Beach, Va.
Summer L., 17, Kailua, Hawaii
Christian F., 9, Quantico, Va.
Peter B., 18, Havelock, N.C.
Grace F., 17, Swansboro, N.C.
Haylee M., 12, San Diego, Calif.
Matthew C., 17, Jacksonville, N.C.
Caitlyn T., 14, Quantico, Va.
Cherita W., 17, Virginia Beach, Va.
GaBryella D., 13, Temecula, Calif.
Jewell D., 15, Camp Lejeune, N.C.
Madison A., 13, Fredericksburg, Va.
Jenna A., 12, Houston, Texas
Jackson B., 16, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

 

NAVY

Elizabeth E., 15, Mc Donald, Pa.
Mariah W., 17, New Bern, N.C.
Isabelle R., 11, Jamul, Calif.
Evan P. 17, Phoenix, Ariz.
Benedict C., 17, Coronado, Calif.
Victoria B., 17, Gulf Breeze, Fla.
Jeffrey B., 17, Camp Lejeune, N.C.
Michael J., 17, Stafford, Va.
Benjamin P., 17, Lakeland, Tenn.
Samantha R., 18, Fleming Island, Fla.
Alexsandra C., 17, Springfield, Va.
Adriel M., 17, O Fallon, Ill.
Gavin M., 18, Virginia Beach, Va.
Ty B., 14, FPO, AE, Rota, Spain
Sydney C., 8, Jacksonville, Fla.

 

AIR FORCE

Madeline G., 18, Springfield, Va.
Grace R., 11, APO, AE, Ramstein, Germany
Bethany S., 18, Beale AFB, Calif.
David Z. , 17, San Antonio, Texas
Lacey L., 17, Milton, Fla.
Bridget R., 17, Burke, Va.
Caroline S., 10, Las Vegas, Nev.
Jordyn M., 9
Makayla J., 9, Ruther Glen, Va.
Jamal B., 17, Hill AFB, Utah
Hailie W., 16, Gulf Breeze, Fla.
Madeleine M., 17, Moorestown, N.J.
Tristan T., 15, Sahuarita, Ariz.
Alyssa O., 16, Panama City, Fla.
Matthew N., 17, Spokane, Wash.

 

COAST GUARD

John M., 17, Annapolis, Md.
Spenser R., 18, Davie, Fla.
Chase M., 17, McLean, Va.
Kievon B., 15, Lodi, N.J.
Jessica P., 17, West Seneca, N.Y.
Gabriel N., 13, Bennington, Vt.
Jackson H., 15, Jacksonville, Fla.
Keegan F., 17, Fairhaven, Mass.
Jessie P., 16, Bayamon, Puerto Rico
Liam C., 13, New Orleans, La.
Olivia K., 18, Grangeville, Idaho
Kylie M., 14, Trenton, N.J.
Ashley F., 17, Warrenton, Ore.
Qur'Annah J., 17, Frankfort, Ill.
Giavanna V., 10, Mystic, Conn.

 

NATIONAL GUARD

Joshua T., 15, Rolla, Mo.
Michelle G., 18, Green Cove Springs, Fla.,
Tymber L., 18, Lincoln, Neb.
John L., 17, Ellensburg, Wash.
Madeline N., 18, Mount Pleasant, S.C.
Nathan M., 17, Orange Park, Fla.
Mya K., 18, Yorba Linda, Calif.
Lily M., 14, Portland, Ore.
Sarah B., 17, Glen Carbon, Ill.
Molly F., 15, Pickerington, Ohio
Madison O., 9, Pembroke, N.H.
Sydney L., 17, Lincoln, Neb.
Jodi J., 17, Pleasant Grove, Utah
Amelia B., 15, Saint Augustine, Fla.
Jordan G., 8, Virginia Beach, Va.

 

The Booz Allen Innovation Award for Military Children will go to a military child who has designed a bold, creative solution to address a local, regional or global challenge. With a new invention, improvement to existing technology, creation of a new nonprofit or community service group or expansion of an existing membership organization, the winner will show the power of innovative thinking. Booz Allen will award a grant to the winner and host the winner at the Booz Allen Innovation Center in Washington, D.C. Additionally, Booz Allen employees will assist the winner in helping to scale or advance the project.

Laurie Gallo, an Executive Vice President at Booz Allen and member of Operation Homefront’s board of directors said, “We’re excited to honor the ingenuity and creativity of these rising leaders. This is a celebration of the resiliency of military youth -- their ability to adapt to realities of military family life, find opportunities to thrive and apply their unique experiences to solving some of our most pressing societal challenges.”

 

 

March 12, 2015

Recipients Announced for 2015 Military Child of the Year

Operation Homefront today announced the six recipients of the 2015 Military Child of the Year® Award.  The national non-profit organization that provides emergency assistance to military families annually gives the award to an outstanding military child from each branch of service – Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard – and for the first time in 2015, the National Guard.

From a pool of nearly 500 nominees, each award recipient was chosen by a committee including active-duty and retired military personnel, spouses of senior military leaders, veteran service organization leadership, teachers, and community members.  The six awardees will receive $10,000 each, will receive a laptop computer and other donated gifts, and will be flown with a parent or guardian to Washington, D.C., for a special recognition gala on April 16, 2015. The awards will be presented by senior leaders of each branch of service.

"We're thrilled to honor these six outstanding young patriots with our Military Child of the Year Award," said Tim Farrell, Chief Operating Officer for Operation Homefront.  "These awardees represent the strength of our military families, who sacrifice so much in service to our country."

Following are the 2015 Military Child of the Year® Award recipients. Read more details about them here.

ARMY
Cavan McIntyre-Brewer, 13
Duncannon, Pa.

Cavan McIntyre-Brewer is in the seventh grade at the Cove School in Duncannon, Penn. He is the founder of Socks for Vets, which collects socks and other donated items for wounded warriors. In addition to his Socks for Vets organization, he helps his sister, herself a pediatric heart patient, with her program, Heart Hugs, collecting pillows for pediatric heart patients. He is the oldest child of Michelle McIntyre-Brewer and U.S. Army Capt. Steven Brewer. Michelle works as a medical and military advocate and educator, and Capt. Brewer is a medical detachment commander at Kirk U.S. Army Health Clinic.

MARINE CORPS
Christopher-Raul Rodriguez, 17
Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Christopher Rodriguez is a senior at Lejeune High School in North Carolina. He is the team captain for the Lejeune High School Varsity Baseball and Soccer teams, and Junior Varsity Basketball Team. In addition to excelling on these teams, he is an assistant coach for students 8-12 years old in Lejeune Youth baseball, soccer, and basketball. Overcoming his early experience with domestic violence and homelessness, Christopher has become a leader in the community volunteering with a number of organizations to help kids with special needs. Christopher is the oldest child of Griscelda and U.S. Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Jermaine Smith. He has one sister, Jazzlyn-Luz (14) and one brother Kilyn-Miguel (12). Griscelda is an on-base family childcare provider, and Jermaine is a gunnery sergeant at Camp Lejeune.


NAVY
Emily Kliewer, 17
Orlando, Fla.

Emily Kliewer is a senior at Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando, Fla. and on track to graduate as the valedictorian of her class. In addition to academic excellence, Emily is captain of her Swimming and Diving Team and four-time school record holder. She uses her talents to volunteer with the Special Olympics as a swimming instructor and volunteer coach.  Emily’s experience with the Special Olympics motivated her to get involved with other organizations that assist special needs kids. She is the youngest daughter of Cynthia and Kyle Kliewer. Her older sisters are Kaitlyn (23) currently earning her PhD in Civic Engineering at Princeton and Nicole (21) who will graduate Magna Cum Laude from Florida State University. Her father is a retired lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy.

AIR FORCE                     
Sarah Hesterman, 16    
Doha, Qatar                

Sarah Hesterman is a junior at the American School of Doha. Sarah is the founder and president of Girl Up Qatar, a club that promotes the rights of women and girls in the Middle East and around the world. Girl Up Qatar is part of the United Nations foundation innovation campaign, Girl Up, to empower girls. Sarah is the only child of Dr. Jennifer and U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. John Hesterman.  Her father is currently the Commander of U.S. Air Forces Central Command (AFCENT), stationed in Qatar. He has been serving for 32 years.  Her mother is a retired Air Force colonel with 21 years of service and is currently a professor and academic author.

COAST GUARD
Caleb Parsons, 18
Suffolk, Va.

Caleb Parsons is a senior at King’s Folk High School in Suffolk, Va. He is an Eagle Scout and Senior Patrol Leader in Boy Scouts of America. He led his troop on a weekend camping trip where they revamped a dilapidated trail in the park, leveling the trail and installing fencing. Caleb is also an active leader in the Air Force JROTC, having received the highest rank achievable in the program. He juggles these leadership roles while caring for his younger siblings with help from his grandparents and a few family friends while both of his parents are deployed. He is the oldest son of U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Story and U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Ward Parsons. He has two younger brothers Isaac (16), Nathan (14), and younger sister Kyleah (9).

NATIONAL GUARD
Zachary Parsons, 16
Warrensburg, Mo.

Zachary Parsons is a sophomore at Sacred Heart High School in Warrensburg, Mo. Zachary is an active member of his local and state level 4-H organization. He is currently President of the Johnson County Council, West Central Representative for Missouri State Council, and the National 4-H Congress delegate from Missouri. He also serves to help support children of deployed military on the Missouri National Guard Teen Advisory Council, advocating for support with nonprofits, legislature, and the public. He is the youngest son of Debbie and Missouri National Guard Staff Sgt. Jason Parsons. His father is currently at the Wounded Warrior Transition Unit at Fort Leonard Wood. He has four older siblings, Dianne Gower (31), married to Simon Gower; Taylar McDonald (24) married to Anthony McDonald; Shaun Roach (26) and his wife Lindsey; and Matthew (deceased).

The Presenting Sponsor for the Military Child of the Year® Awards Gala is United Technologies.  Murphy-Goode Winery is a Bronze Sponsor.  Patriot Sponsors are MidAtlanticBroadband, Aflac, and La Quinta Inns & Suites.  The Office Depot Foundation is a Benefactor.  The Media Sponsor is Military Times.

 

February 25, 015

Finalists Announced for 2015 Military Child of the Year

Congratulations to the finalists for the 2015 Military Child of the Year. The top 5 from each branch of service are listed below.

2015 marks the seventh year Operation Homefront has presented the award, which will be given to one outstanding military child from each category: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and National Guard.

A panel of judges including senior retired service members, senior spouses, members of Operation Homefront’s Board of Directors, and other leaders in the military support community will select the award recipient for each branch. Award recipients will be announced in March.

Each award recipient will receive $10,000 and will be flown with a parent or guardian to Washington, D.C. for a special recognition ceremony on April 16, 2015.   

“Our Military Child of the Year Award honors those young patriots who overcome the difficulties presented by deployments, relocations, and other challenges of military life," said Tim Farrell, Chief Operating Officer for Operation Homefront.  “These exemplary young people set an example for others to emulate in their communities through leadership, resilience, and a commitment to excellence in all that they do.”

Following are the finalists for the 2015 Military Child of the Year® Award:

 

ARMY

Leslie Chaffin - Age 17 - Colorado Springs, Colo.
Savannah Hampton - Age 15 - Coal Valley, Ill.
Haleigh Hardie - Age 17 - Cadiz, Ky.
Cavan McIntyre-Brewer - Age 13 - Duncannon, Pa.
India Persaud - Age 17 - Appling, Ga.

AIR FORCE

Andre Briere - Age 17 - Tampa, Fla.
Sarah Hesterman - Age 16 - APO, Qatar
Jordyn McNeal - Age 8 - Alabama
Kristen Ramer - Age 17 - APO, Korea
Bridget Ray - Age 16 - Burke, Va.

COAST GUARD

Jesse Calvert - Age 17 - Port Angeles, Wash.
Mary Kate Cooper - Age 15 - Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.
Madison Fairbanks - Age 16 - Frisco, N.C.
Chase Murphy - Age 16 - Mobile, Ala.
Caleb Parsons - Age 18 - Suffolk, Va.

MARINE CORPS

Brady Jernigan - Age 17 - Alexandria, Va.
Mary Kochanski - Age 17 - Henderson, Nev.
Destiny Oakley - Age 17 - Quantico, Va.
Christopher-Raul Rodriguez - Age 17 - Camp Lejeune, N.C.
Briley Rossiter - Age 13 - Virginia Beach, Va.

NATIONAL GUARD

Rachel Cousins - Age 18 - Westfield, Mass.
Michelle Gallant - Age 17 - Jacksonville, Fla.
Arial Jenkins - Age 16 - Sharpsburg, Ga.
Lily Moser - Age 13 - Portland, Ore.
Zachary Parsons - Age 16 - Warrensburg, Mo.

NAVY

Michael Curtin - Age 16 - Alexandria, Va.
Emily Kliewer - Age 17 - Orlando, Fla.
Katlyn Logsdon - Age 17 - Virginia Beach, Va.
Corbyn McKinley-Piwonski - Age 17 - Honolulu, Hawaii
Brady Snyder - Age 17 - Virginia Beach, Va.

 

 

January 15, 2015

Semi-Finalists Announced for 2015 Military Child of the Year

 

Operation Homefront today announced the 90 semi-finalists – representing all five service branches and the National Guard – for the 2015 Military Child of the Year® Award.  2015 marks the seventh year Operation Homefront has presented the award, which will be given to one outstanding military child from each category: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and National Guard.

Each semi-finalist will be interviewed by Operation Homefront staff, and award recipients will be chosen by a panel of judges including senior retired service members, senior spouses, members of Operation Homefront’s Board of Directors, and other leaders in the military support community. 

The recipient of the Military Child of the Year® Award for each category will be announced in March.  Each award recipient will receive $10,000 and will be flown with a parent or guardian to Washington, D.C. for a special recognition ceremony on April 16, 2015.   

Ideal candidates for the Military Child of the Year® Award demonstrate resilience and strength of character, and thrive in the face of the challenges of military life.  They demonstrate leadership within their families and within their communities.

“Our Military Child of the Year Award honors those young patriots who overcome the difficulties presented by deployments, relocations, and other challenges of military life," said Tim Farrell, Chief Operating Officer for Operation Homefront.  “These exemplary young people set an example for others to emulate in their communities through leadership, resilience, and a commitment to excellence in all that they do.”

Following are the semi-finalists for the 2015 Military Child of the Year® Award.

ARMY

Joseph C. – age 14 – Colleyville, Texas

Leslie C. – age 17 – Colorado Springs, Colo.

Johnily C. – age 11 – Nolanville, Texas

Savannah H. – age 15 – Coal Valley, Ill.

Haleigh H. – age 17 – Cadiz, Ky.

Amanda L. – age 17 – Watertown, N.Y.

Lorelei M. – age 9 – Duncannon, Pa.

Cavan M. – age 13 – Duncannon, Pa.

Grant N. – age 14 – West Point, N.Y.

Elizabeth O. – age 16 – Fuquay Varina, N.C.

India P. – age 17 – Appling, Ga.

Elisabeth P. – age 12 – Honolulu, Hawaii

Abigail P. – age 17 – Clarksville, Tenn.

Christian S. – age 17 – Seaford, Va.

Rachel S. – age 17 – Dahlonega, Ga.

 

AIR FORCE
Joel B. – age 16 – Dover, Del.

Andre B. – age 17 – Tampa, Fla.

Jacob D. – age 16 – Norman, Okla.

Meaghan F. – age 17 – Beavercreek, Ohio

Sarah H. – age 16 – Doha, Qatar

Andrew L. – age 17 – Laurel, Md.

Jordyn M. – age 8 – Trussville, Ala.

Bethany M. – age 16 – Shaw Air Force Base, S.C.

Gabriella M. – age 17 – Tucson, Ariz.

Kristen R. – age 17 – Osan, Korea

Bridget R. – age 16 – Burke, Va.

Eddie S. – age 14 – Beavercreek, Ohio

Angelo S. – age 17 – Hainesport, N.J.

Caleb Y. – age 16 – Enid, Okla.

David Z. – age 16 – San Antonio, Texas


COAST GUARD
Bryn B. – age 17 – Washington, D.C.

Jesse C. – age 17 – Port Angeles, Wash.

Mary Kate C. – age 15 – Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.

Emily C. – age 17 – Durham, N.H.

Ryan D. – age 11 – Wrightstown, N.J.

Madison F. – age 16 – Southgate, Mich.

Keegan F. – age 16 – Fairhaven, Mass.

Shyanne G. – age 17 – Onancock, Va.

Olivia K. – age 17 – Grangeville, Idaho

Marissa K. – age 15 – Grangeville, Idaho

John K. – age 12 – Grangeville, Idaho

Kylie M. – age 13 – Hamilton, N.J.

Ernesto M. – age 15 – Ashburn, Va.

Chase M. – age 16 – Mobile, Ala.

Caleb P. – age 18 – Pembroke Pines, Fla.


MARINE CORPS
Ashton B. – age 12 – Albany, N.Y.

Brianna C. – age 13 – Hill Air Force Base, Utah

Corey C. – age 16 – Havelock, N.C.

Tori E. – age 17 – Mesa, Ariz.

Adriana E. – age 13 – Havelock N.C.

Brady J. – age 17 – Alexandria, Va.

Mary K. – age 17 – Henderson, Nev.

Samuel K. – age 17 – Barre, Vt.

Lyric N. – age 8 – Indianapolis, Ind.

Destiny O. – age 17 – Quantico, Va.

Christopher-Raul R. – age 17 – Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Cezar R. – age 17 – Waynesville, Mo.

Briley R. – age 13 – Saint Paul, Minn.

Emily S. – age 16 – New Kensington, Pa.

Faith S. – age 17 – Biloxi, Miss.

NATIONAL GUARD

Mabelle B. – age 11 – Winter Garden, Fla.

Rachel C. – age 18 – Wellesley, Mass.

Adam C. – age 17 – Newport News, Va.

Molly F. – age 14 – Pickerington, Ohio

Brandon G. – age 16 – Newburgh, N.Y.

Michelle G. – age 17 – Colorado Springs, Colo.

Christian G. – age 11 – Fresno, Calif.

Arial J. – age 16 – Lithonia, Ga.

Sara M. – age 17 – Chicago, Ill.

Lily M. – age 13 – Portland, Ore.

Zachary P. – age 16 – Warrensburg, Mo.

Kameron P. – age 16 – Norfolk, Va.

Colette S. – age 9 – Napa, Calif.

Brianna S. – age 13 – Oregon City, Ore.

Maggie W. – age 16 – Yardley, Pa.


NAVY
Carson A. – age 14 – San Diego, Calif.

Victoria B. – age 16 – Gulf Breeze, Fla.

Michael C. – age 16 – Alexandria, Va.

Hailey F. – age 8 – Bremerton, Wash.

Katherine H. – age 12 – Havelock, N.C.

Emily K. – age 17 – Ocoee, Fla.

Daniel K. – age 15 – Newport, R.I.

Katlyn L. – age 17 – Virginia Beach, Va.

Corbyn M. – age 17 – Honolulu, Hawaii

Autumn O. – age 17 – Aiea, Hawaii

Isabelle R. – age 10 – Jamul, Calif.

Brendan S. – age 18 – Niantic, Conn.

Brady S. – age 17 – Virginia Beach, Va.

Kenan T. – age 17 – Bahrain

Mariah W. – age 17 – New Bern, N.C.

 

 

 

 

 

Oct. 7, 2014

Operation Homefront is Accepting Nominations for Military Child of the Year® Award

New Award Category for National Guard Children

Operation Homefront, the national nonprofit dedicated to providing emergency financial and other assistance to military families, has announced that nominations for the 2015 Military Child of the Year® Awards are being accepted online at MilitaryChildOfTheYear.org through December 12, 2014. Awardees will be recognized in April 2015.

Outstanding children of National Guardsmen will compete in their own award category for the very first time.

The Military Child of the Year Award® recognizes children who stand out among their peers.  Ideal candidates for the award demonstrate resilience, strength of character, and thrive in the face of the challenges of military life. These young heroes embody leadership within their families and communities.  Each nominee will receive a letter acknowledging his or her nomination.  

“In the six years that Operation Homefront has presented the Military Child of the Year® Award, we have seen so many examples of courage, adaptability and perseverance.  I’m looking forward to meeting the extraordinary young people who will receive our 2015 award,” said Tim Farrell, Chief Operating Officer for Operation Homefront.  “In the face of relocations, separation from deployed parents, and all the other sacrifices of being part of a military family, these children thrive and so often set an example for their peers.”

This award is presented to an outstanding child from each branch of service – Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and the National Guard. The recipients each receive a $10,000 award and a laptop, and are flown with a parent or guardian to Washington, D.C., for a special awards gala on April 16. In previous years, recipients have had the honor of meeting Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey, First Lady Michelle Obama, and philanthropist and singer Bret Michaels, who were guest speakers for the event awards ceremonies.

Anyone can nominate a child. Family members, teachers, coaches, counselors, clergy, neighbors and friends are encouraged to nominate outstanding military children. For more information on how to nominate a child in your community or to see photos from past events, please log on to MilitaryChildOfTheYear.org.

The Title Sponsor for the 2015 Military Child of the Year® Awards Gala is United Technologies CorporationMidAtlanticBroadband is a Patriot-level sponsor. Additional sponsorships are available, and more information on sponsorships can be found at MilitaryChildOfTheYear.org.

 

March 27, 2014

Joint Chiefs Chairman General Martin Dempsey and Legendary Rocker Bret Michaels Headline Military Child of the Year® Gala

 

Mike Emanuel of Fox News to Emcee Operation Homefront Event

 

 

WASHINGTON – General Martin Dempsey, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will speak at the Military Child of the Year® Award Gala on April 10, Operation Homefront announced today.  The event recognizes the top military child from each of the five military services. 

 

Adding star power to the Washington, D.C. gala with a keynote address will be legendary musician, entrepreneur, and philanthropist Bret Michaels.  Having grown up as a military child himself, Michaels is a supporter of Operation Homefront and recently visited wounded warriors at Operation Homefront Village in San Antonio.

 

Mike Emanuel, chief congressional correspondent for Fox News Channel, will emcee the dinner and award portion of the evening event.  During his tenure at Fox News, Emanuel has provided live coverage of several national and international stories, including the 2005 Iraqi elections, the execution of former dictator Saddam Hussein, and several tours of Afghanistan.

 

“We’re excited to have a great program and some outstanding Americans to salute these five amazing military kids,” said Jim Knotts, President & CEO of Operation Homefront.  “The Military Child of the Year® Award honors the resiliency and service to country of our youngest heroes.  These children thrive in the face of the challenges of military life with grace and courage, and use that experience to become leaders in their communities.”

 

2014 is the sixth year that Operation Homefront has presented the Military Child of the Year® Awards.  The five awardees will receive $5,000 each and will be flown with a parent or guardian to our nation’s capital for the special recognition ceremony.  The awards will be presented by senior leaders of each branch of service.  From a pool of nearly 1,000 nominees, each award recipient was chosen by a committee including active-duty and retired military personnel, spouses of senior military leaders, veteran service organization leaders, teachers, and community members. 

 

The five award recipients for 2014 are Kenzie Hall, 16, of Temecula, Calif. representing the Army; Michael-Logan Burke Jordan, 15, of Kailua, Hawaii representing the Marine Corps; Ryan Patrick Curtin, 18, of Corpus Christi, Texas representing the Navy; Gage Alan Dabin, 18, of Anchorage, Alaska representing the Air Force; and Juanita Lindsay Collins, 17, of Clearwater, Fla. representing the Coast Guard.