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Recipients Announced for 2016 Military Child of the Year

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. See pictures and read their bios here.


ARMY - Lorelei McIntyre-Brewer, 11 - Duncannon, Pa.

MARINE CORPS - Christian Fagala, 9 - Quantico, Virginia

NAVY - Jeffrey Burds, 17 - Camp Lejeune, North Carolina

AIR FORCE - Madeleine Morlino, 17 - Moorestown, New Jersey

COAST GUARD - Keegan Fike, 17 - Fairhaven, Massachusetts

NATIONAL GUARD - John “Trip” Landon III, 17 - Ellensburg, Washington


 Congratulations to all of our recipients!