WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Laura Baxter, the publisher and general manager of Flagship Inc. and Military Newspapers of Virginia, is the Navy's 2012 Spirit of Hope winner, officials announced Oct. 24 in NAVADMIN 277/13.
For six years, Baxter has been instrumental in the production of five military community events including Heroes at Home: Military Spouse Awards, the Flagship Military-style 5K Obstacle Course Challenge, Fleet Week Chili Cook-off, Hampton Roads Navy Birthday Ball, and Military Retirees and Veterans' Award. She also volunteers her time to support the quality of life of military members and their families to include: USO of Hampton Roads and Central Virginia, Unites States Navy League Hampton Roads Chapter, Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce, Navy Marine Corps Relief Society, and the Tidewater Military Family Service Council.
Baxter was nominated by Rear Adm. Townsend G. Alexander, then-commander of Navy Region Mid-Atlantic in 2012. In his nomination letter he said that "she truly exemplifies the core values of the Navy through her never-ending support and dedication to our military personnel and their families in the Hampton Roads community."
Baxter will be presented her award at a joint ceremony honoring awardees from all services at the Pentagon.
Established in 1997, the Spirit of Hope Award is presented by the Wiegand Foundation in honor of the famed entertainer and supporter of military personnel, Bob Hope. The award is presented to individuals or organizations that embody Hope's commitment and service to the men and women of the military. A Navy Sailor or civilian has been honored with this award every year since 2005.
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