Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs Dennis M. McCarthy hosted the 2009 Department of Defense Reserve Family Readiness Awards winners in a ceremony this morning here at the Pentagon.
The award recognizes the National Guard and reserve units, one from each of the seven reserve components, with the very best programs to support their families. Representatives from each of the units selected received a commemorative plaque from Secretary McCarthy. Each unit also received a cash award from the Military Officers Association of America. The cash award is to be put towards the further enhancement of family support programs.
This year’s winners are:
• Army National Guard, 32d Infantry Brigade, Camp Douglas, Wis.
• U.S. Army Reserve, 108th Training Command (Initial Entry Training), Charlotte, N.C.
• U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 772, Willow Grove, Pa.
• U.S. Navy Reserve, Navy Operational Support Center, Columbus, Ohio
• Air National Guard, 148th Fighter Wing, Duluth, Minn.
• U.S. Air Force Reserve, 482d Fighter Wing, Homestead Air Reserve Base, Fla.
• U.S. Coast Guard Reserve, Port Security Unit 311, San Pedro, Calif.
The DoD Reserve Family Readiness Awards Program was established in 2000 to recognize the top unit in each of the reserve components. Family readiness programs are particularly important as we rely on significant numbers of reservists to serve in critical locations worldwide. Family readiness has proven to be a key component of mission readiness. Robust family readiness programs have enhanced the deployability of our Guard and Reserve units and they represent a vital link in the support networks for our reserve families.