On Saturday, February 17, 2018, the Armed Services YMCA of Alaska hosting their 41st Annual Salute to the Military at the William A. Egan Center. Salute to the Military celebrates the accomplishments of 12 outstanding enlisted military service members, ranked E6 or below—and, for the first time in the event’s history—recognition of the strength and sacrifices of military spouses.
Military Spouses endure remarkable challenges rarely experienced by their counterparts in the civilian sector. They endure lengthy separations from their service member as a result of training, exercises, and deployments, remaining behind as the glue that holds families together. Their strength and enduring spirit enable their service member to focus on their mission and serve their country.
Presented by Cindy Wilsbach, wife of Air Force General Ken Wilsbach, the inaugural ASYMCA Military Spouse of the Year was awarded to Danielle Marck, wife of Army Captain, Jacob Marck of Ft. Wainwright.
“When faced with an incredible medical crisis involving her eight month old son, Danielle displayed incredibly courage. She never lost sight of her role as a military spouse and was determined to be a pillar of strength for her family and country,” says Sarah Riffer, Executive Director of the ASYMCA of Alaska. “It is our hope, going forward, that this award symbolizes the strength of our military spouses for years to come and honors the challenges they face each and every day.”
Dr. Douglas Katz, pediatric surgeon formerly of Providence Hospital, writes “literally minutes before I was taking her 8 month old son into emergency brain surgery where no one knew what the outcome was going to be, she looked at this young solider deployed in Afghanistan through an iPhone and said, ‘we are going to be fine, our country needs you more than we do.’ I almost lost it, I have never in my career seen the very act of courage become tangible until that moment.”
The ASYMCA of Alaska is truly honored to recognize our military spouses during our Salute to the Military awards. Their indomitable will and fierce strength exemplify Salute to the Military’s core value of “Service Before Self.”The Armed Services YMCA of Alaska is a not for profit organization that has served the state of Alaska for 75 years. The mission of the ASYMCA of Alaska is to enhance the lives of military members and their families in spirit, mind and body through programs relevant to the unique challenges of military life.