The Armed Services YMCA of Hampton Roads is pleased to announce that Admiral Christopher W. Grady, Commander of the United States Fleet Forces Command, will be the 2019 Five Star Military Family Recognition Luncheon keynote speaker. A native of Newport, Rhode Island and graduate of the University of Notre Dame, Admiral Grady was commissioned an ensign through the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps program. Grady is a distinguished graduate of Georgetown University where he earned a Master of Arts in National Security Studies while concurrently participating as a fellow in Foreign Service at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. He is also a distinguished graduate of the National War College earning a Master of Science in National Security Affairs. He assumed command of U.S. Fleet Forces Command/U.S. Naval Forces Northern Command on May 4, 2018, and assumed duties of Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Strategic Command (NAVSTRAT) and U.S. Strategic Command Joint Force Maritime Component Commander (JFMCC) on Feb. 1, 2019.
“The Five Star Military Family Recognition Luncheon is a chance for us to recognize military families that make a real impact in their communities in addition to their service to our country,” said Laura Baxter, Executive Director of the ASYMCAHR. “We are honored to have Admiral Grady join us for our 25th Anniversary celebration.”
The Five Star Military Family event was created in 1994 with the sole intention of recognizing Military Families that enhance our local community through their dedication to service and volunteerism. These families are committed to their country and their communities. According to the 2018 Blue Star Families Military Lifestyle Survey, 71% of military families reported volunteer activity in the last twelve months. Of those who regularly volunteer, 83% reported volunteerism in civilian communities.
Here in Hampton Roads, we have the highest concentration of military personnel outside of the Pentagon. We see all the ways our military members are supporting this community; behind the scenes, before the sun rises, after everyone else has cleared out for the day and even when they are exhausted after their full-time job serving our country. They show up when asked and stay until the job is finished.
The Five Star Military Family Recognition Luncheon is our opportunity to express the gratitude of our community. Do you know a family like this? Individual community members and organizations can NOMINATE military families. Nominations will close on October 21 (NEW DEADLINE). Do you want to know what makes a Five Star Family? Take a look at last year’s honorees.