Dempsey, Leaders Honor Military Children of Year
By Shannon CollinsDoD News, Defense Media Activity
WASHINGTON, April 18, 2015 – Resilience, leadership and achievement are just a few of the many traits that earned six youths acclaim from senior leaders during Operation Homefront’s 7th annual Military Child of the Year Award Gala in Arlington, Va., Thursday.
Military Child of the Year Award recipients stand with former professional athlete Jason Brown, center, before the award ceremony April 16, 2015 in Arlington, Va. From left are Zach Parsons, Caleb Parsons, Christopher-Raul Rodriguez, Brown, Cavan McIntyre-Brewer, Emily Kliewer, and Sarah Hesterman. DoD photo by EJ Hersom
Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and keynote speaker, Jason Brown, a former professional athlete, honored the sacrifices of some 2 million military children around the world. Out of more than 500 nominations, six were chosen, representing each service branch.
“Our awardees have pursued excellence; they’ve made it a priority to serve others. They’ve inspired us. They’ve done it with character,” Dempsey said. “I’m incredibly proud and honored to be the chairman of such a fighting force with incredible military families who support them. Our winners tonight are perfect examples of the stellar quality of military kids, and we’re so fortunate to have them in our military family. This nation asks a lot of each of you, and each of you continues to prove day in and day out that you are strong, that you are resilient and you are full of love of our country and for each other.”
Brown said he was honored to speak at the event, which took place at the Ritz-Carlton hotel, and was inspired by the military children. While he has never personally served in the military, his older brother, Lester Bernard Brown II, paid the ultimate sacrifice Sept. 20, 2003, in Afghanistan, while serving in the Army....