Coast Guard key spouse and servicemembers recognized

Coast Guard District 14 NewsHONOLULU – Margaret “Maggie” Graves, the wife of Cmdr. Yuri Graves, executive officer of Coast Guard Sector Guam, was recognized as the 2011 Outstanding Military Spouse for the 14th Coast Guard District during a ceremony at Honolulu City Hall, Friday and during the anual military appreciation game at Aloha Stadium.

The Hawaii Navy League recognized spouses from each branch of the military. The recipients of this year’s awards have functioned as the volunteer communication and organizational focal point for units that were or still are deployed in the theater of hostile operations during the calendar year of 2011.

The Navy League gave each winner a cash award of $500. The spouses also received a certificate from the Hawaii State Legislature and proclamation from the City and County Honolulu. Both the certificate and the $500 check were presented to the spouses during the military appreciation football game at Aloha Stadium, Saturday.

Coast Guardsmen from several Oahu-based commands appeared during the Military Appreciation Night half-time show. The Coast Guardsmen were nominated by their commands for their exemplary service and commitment and represented the Coast Guard alongside the other military services.

Hawaii’s Outstanding Military Spouse Awards Program is sponsored by the Hawaii Navy League. This is the eighth year that the Navy League has taken the initiative to honor spouses of service members deployed abroad. The key spouses are from all branches of the military.

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