Jacksonville Teen Named Military Child Of The Year

A Jacksonville high school senior has been named one of the five Military Child of the Year winners for 2011.

Maggie Rochon was the Coast Guard recipient for this national award, in a community full of Marines. Her father is in the Coast Guard.

The 17-year-old will receive $5,000 and be flown to Washington, DC for the recognition ceremony on April 7th.

The Military Child of the Year Award is given by Operation Homefront, which provides emergency financial and other assistance to the families of service members and wounded warriors.


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  • by Sarcastic Location: Winterville on Mar 10, 2011 at 01:51 PM
    Due to the report on this news site concerning too many whites in the military, I hope no one is offended that this girl is getting recognition. Good for you Maggie!
  • by Marine Brat on Mar 10, 2011 at 10:47 AM
    Anything that can make it easier/better for the military kids is good. With my dad called back into the Marines for Korea, just before I was born, grew up as a Marine brat. The USMC Summer recreation programs for kids at Camp Lejeune were good. A small reserve unit in the mountains of VA had lots of neat stuff for us offspring to do.
  • by eric here on Mar 10, 2011 at 10:02 AM
    No clue this even existed but good on them anyway. I would imagine being the child of an active military member isn’t the easiest thing in the world.
  • by MSgt USMC (Ret) Location: Kinston on Mar 10, 2011 at 09:51 AM
    Operation Homefront selected a winner from each military branch: Air Force: 17-year-old Nicole Goetz of Tyndall AFB, Fla. Army: 16-year-old Kyle Hoeye of Tucson, Ariz. Marine Corps: 17-year-old Taylor Dahl-Sims of Oceanside, Calif. Navy: 17-year-old Melissa Howland of Millis, Mass. Continue reading on Examiner.com: NC military teen wins national award - Charlotte Military News | Examiner.com http://www.examiner.com/military-news-in-charlotte/nc-military-teen-wins-national-award#ixzz1GDiQrf8h
  • by MSgt USMC (Ret) Location: Kinston on Mar 10, 2011 at 09:49 AM
    Congratulations, Miss Rachon! More about her: "Being in a military family has 100% created the person I am today," says Rochon. "I am able to adjust to changes; it has made me more compassionate and understanding of peoples' needs, and it has made me more aware, globally." Gene Rochon, Maggie's dad, submitted his daughter's name to the national nonprofit Operation Homefront. He has served 28 years in the Coast Guard - the past four years at the Joint Maritime Training Center aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune. Maggie experienced her first separation of her father's deployments at six weeks of age. In her 17 years, he has deployed more than 25 times, including providing force protection following the attack on the USS Cole and as a training instructor following the 9/11 attacks. Continue reading on Examiner.com: NC military teen wins national award - Charlotte Military News | Examiner.com http://www.examiner.com/military-news-in-charlotte/nc-military-teen-wins-nationa
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