Operation Homefront "Military Child of the Year" Video News Release

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Operation Homefront and Military Leaders Present 2016 Military Child of the Year® and 2016 Innovation Award for Military Children

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 capitol 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

The following video news release contains event highlights and is 12 minutes, 10 seconds:
Link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/f5rs9ap242pgkv6/OHF%20Media%20Release_Raw%20Footage.mov?oref=e&n=105263215

Contents by Time Code:

00:01     Remarks by Brig. Gen. (ret.) John I. Pray Jr., President and CEO of Operation Homefront

01:00    Remarks by Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

01:51    2016 Innovation Award winner Elizabeth O’Brien, 17, Aberdeen, N.C. explains her organization during her visit to the World War II Memorial

02:08    B-roll of Elizabeth O’Brien with her parents (right), Shelbi O’Brien and Army Command Sgt. Major Matthew O’Brien. Standing between them are Operation Homefront Pennsylvania/Delaware/New Jersey Region Director Pete Stinson and Operation Homefront Mid-Atlantic Region Program Director Rosanne Coleman.

02:16    Elizabeth O’Brien receives the Operation Homefront Innovation Award for Military Children sponsored by Booz Allen Hamilton. Presenting the award are Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (right); Laurie Gallo, Booz Allen Hamilton Executive Vice President and Operation Homefront Board Member; 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.

02:40    Lorelei McIntyre-Brewer, 10, Duncannon, Pa., visits U.S. Sen. Robert P. Casey Jr. of Pennsylvania.

03:20    Lorelei McIntyre-Brewer receives the 2016 Army Military Child of the Year Award. Presenting the award are Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (right); Gen. Daniel B. Allyn, Vice Chief of Staff of the Army; 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.

03:48    Lorelei McIntyre-Brewer with emcee John Heald, Senior Cruise Director of Carnival Cruise Lines.

04:25    Christian Fagala, 9, Quantico, Va., receives the 2016 Marine Corps Military Child of the Year Award. Presenting the award are Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (right); Maj. Gen. James W. Lukeman, Commanding General, Marine Corps Training and Education Command; 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.

04:57    Christian Fagala gives his acceptance speech beside emcee John Heald, Senior Cruise Director of Carnival Cruise Lines.

05:20    Christian Fagala learns how to play the harmonica during his visit with U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia.

05:40    Christian Fagala practices on the harmonica on the Capitol steps following his visit with U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia.

05:48    Jeffrey Burds, 17, Camp Lejeune, N.C., receives the 2016 Navy Military Child of the Year Award. Presenting the award are Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (right); Vice Adm. David C. Johnson, Principal Military Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition; 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.

06:19    Jeffrey Burds talks about his upbringing and the passing of his mother as well as some of the community service in which he has been involved.

06:51    Jeffrey Burds takes family photos at the World War II Memorial.

07:04    During her visit to the World War II Memorial, 2016 Air Force Military Child of the Year recipient Madeleine Morlino of Moorestown, N.J., discusses the Veterans Expo that she conceived and organized.

07:16    Madeleine Morlino of Moorestown, N.J., receives the 2016 Air Force Military Child of the Year Award. Presenting the award are Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (right); Gen. David L. Goldfein, Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force; 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.

07:50    Madeleine Morlino gives her acceptance speech with emcee John Heald, Senior Cruise Director of Carnival Cruise Lines.

08:08    Keegan Fike, 17, Fairhaven, Mass., receives the 2016 Coast Guard Military Child of the Year Award. 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.

08:47    Keegan Fike explains his passion for Scouting.

09:00    2016 National Guard Military Child of the Year John “Trip” Landon III, 17, Ellensburg, Wash., talks about his volunteerism with Awana.

09:37    John “Trip” Landon III receives the 2016 National Guard Military Child of the Year Award. Presenting the award are Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (right); Air Force Lt. Gen. Joseph L. Lengyel, Vice Chief of the National Guard Bureau; 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.

10:17    John “Trip” Landon III is interviewed by emcee John Heald, Senior Cruise Director of Carnival Cruise Lines.

10:40    Emcee John Heald, Senior Cruise Director of Carnival Cruise Lines, invites all of the award recipients to take center stage. In a row, from left, are Keegan Fike, 17, Fairhaven, Mass., representing the Coast Guard; 2016 Innovation Award recipient Elizabeth O’Brien, 17, Aberdeen, N.C.; Lorelei McIntyre-Brewer, 10, Duncannon, Pa., representing the Army; Brig. Gen. (ret.) John I. Pray Jr., President and CEO of Operation Homefront; Christian Fagala, 9, Quantico, Va., representing the Marine Corps; Catherine Blades, Chairwoman of the Board at Operation Homefront and Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications, at Aflac; Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Jeffrey Burds, 17, Camp Lejeune, N.C., representing the Navy; Madeleine Morlino, 17, Moorestown, N.J., representing the Air Force; and John “Trip” Landon III, 17, Ellensburg, Wash., representing the National Guard.

11:22    B-roll cutaways, including standing ovations.

12:10    END

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About Operation Homefront: A national nonprofit, Operation Homefront builds strong, stable, and secure military families so that they can thrive in the communities they have worked so hard to protect. With more than 3,200 volunteers nationwide, Operation Homefront has provided assistance to tens of thousands of military families since its inception shortly after 9/11. Recognized for superior performance by leading independent charity oversight groups, 92 percent of Operation Homefront’s expenditures go directly to programs that provide support to our military families. For more information, go to http://www.OperationHomefront.net.

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