HONOLULU (NNS) -- Eight women were recognized as the 2010 Hawaii Outstanding Military Spouses by the State of Hawaii and the Hawaii Navy League during ceremonies held Oct. 15 and 16.
On Oct. 15, the spouses, each representing various branches of the military and commands throughout the Hawaii region, received a certificate from the Hawaii State Legislature and Honolulu Mayor, Peter Carlisle, during a ceremony at Honolulu City Hall. The following day, each were presented with a $1,000 check from the Hawaii Navy League on Military Appreciation Night at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu.
Recipients of this year's award functioned as the volunteer, communication and organizational focal point for units that were or still are deployed in the theater of hostile operations during calendar year 2010.
"It means a lot to me to be recognized by the State of Hawaii and Mayor Carlisle," said Lindsay Hearne, who was recognized for her service as the Navy family ombudsman for Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.
Hearne knows her job is important and added that sometimes the most important thing a spouse can do is try to help others in their time of need.
"Sometimes it is a very hard thing to do, but I do it for those before me who helped others," said Hearne. "For some spouses, dealing with a deployment is harder than for others. I just do what I can to help everyone and lead by example."
During the presentation of certificates, Hawaii leaders discussed what a dedicated spouse brings to the unit and the community. Emphasizing the limitless compassion and boundless energy they must have to help make a difference.
"It's great to honor people who go that extra mile," said Mel Ing, Hawaii Navy League president. "It's people like you who hold families and their units together in times of need."
Closing out the day's ceremony, Maj. Gen. Robert G.F. Lee, Adutant General of the Hawaii National Guard, echoed Ing's sentiments and again praised the awardees for all that they do.
"Those in the military really appreciate you for helping hold families together," said Lee. "We can't do our job well unless we know our home is secure. Your job is immensely tough and we appreciate all the extra effort you give, you really are the glue that holds families together."
Along with Hearn, others honored were Melissa McGuire, Air Force; Dawn Workman, Army; Crystal Lynn Risacher, Coast Guard; Samantha Peschka, Marine Corps; Arcellie Alcaide, Hawaii Air Guard; Kirsten "Nani" Kainoa, Hawaii Army Guard and Elisa Vertuli, Special Operations Command.
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