Fairhaven's Keegan Fike wins Operation Homefront Award


(Photo caption: Keegan Fike, 17, of Fairhaven, Mass., receives the Operation Homefront 2016 Coast Guard Military Child of the Year Award, during Operation Homefront’s Eighth Annual Military Child of the Year® Award Ceremony here on Thursday, April 14, 2016.  Presenting the award are Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (right); Adm. Paul F. Zukunft,  Commandant of the Coast Guard; Catherine Blades, Chairwoman of the Board at Operation Homefront and Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications, at Aflac; and Brig. Gen. (ret.) John I. Pray Jr., President and CEO of Operation Homefront.)  

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr. Presents 2016 Military Child of the Year® and 2016 Innovation Award for Military Children

ARLINGTON, Virginia – In recognition of April as Month of the Military Child, Operation Homefront hosted its Eighth Annual Military Child of the Year® Award Ceremony here on Thursday, April 14.  Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, delivered the keynote address, and senior leaders from each of the service branches were present.  The Military Child of the Year® Award is bestowed annually on six extremely deserving young Americans who have turned the challenges of frequent relocations, and deployments of loved ones, into a passion for excellence, service and helping others.  This year, the inaugural Operation Homefront  Innovation Award for Military Children sponsored by Booz Allen Hamilton was presented to a seventh awardee.  The event took place outside our nation’s capital in Arlington, Virginia.

2016 Military Child of the Year recipients: Lorelei McIntyre-Brewer, 10, Duncannon, Pa., representing the Army; Christian Fagala, 9, Quantico, Va., representing the Marine Corps; Jeffrey Burds, 17, Camp Lejeune, N.C., representing the Navy; Madeleine Morlino, 17, Moorestown, N.J., representing the Air Force; Keegan Fike, 17, Fairhaven, Mass., representing the Coast Guard; John “Trip” Landon III, 17, Ellensburg, Wash., representing the National Guard.  The 2016 Innovation Award winner is Elizabeth O’Brien, 17, Aberdeen, N.C. Full biographies on the award recipients are available here: http://www.militarychildoftheyear.org/Recipients

(release from Operation Homefront)

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