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Dyess family award Military Family of the Year

Posted 7/21/2011   Updated 7/21/2011 Email story   Print story


by Matt Crow

7/21/2011 - WASHINGTON , DC -- Representative Randy Neugebauer (R-TX) met with the Arnold family in Arlington, Virginia this morning at the National Military Family Association's award ceremony where they were named Military Family of the Year. Earlier this year, the Arnold family was named as the Air Force Family of the Year.

"It has been an honor to meet Air Force Major Eric Arnold, his wife Cristie, and their children Conner, Cierra and Christian. After moving nine times in 19 years, and experiencing four deployments in six years, the Arnold family is currently stationed at Dyess Air Force Base. The Arnold family embodies commitment to service through extensive work at the base thrift shop, athletic programs, and other base service projects. Children Conner, Cierra, and Christian give back to their community by providing lawn mowing and daycare for spouses of deployed service members, in addition to volunteering support for Habitat for Humanity, March of Dimes, and Scouting activities. This family of five demonstrates a willingness to serve others and a spirit of philanthropy that has earned them this well-deserved honor. I think we often forget that in our military families, when one member of the family serves, the whole family serves together.

"The National Military Family Association's Family Award Program recognizes strong military families who embrace their service to the Nation, are role models in their community, and understand that together they are stronger. Families were nominated from active duty, Reserve Component, retiree, and surviving families of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, and the Commissioned Corps of the Public Health Service and National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration."

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