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.