SDMAC ANNOUNCES RECIPIENTS OF 10th ANNUAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS
San Diego, CA – On Wednesday, March 29, 2017, the San Diego Military Advisory Council (SDMAC) hosted its 10th Annual Achievement Awards Dinner and Ceremony. This annual event recognizes local civilian and military individuals, companies, and organizations that have made extraordinary contributions to the welfare of San Diego’s military community.
In addition to several achievement awardees, this year SDMAC leadership awarded the Rear Admiral Bruce Boland, USN, “Lifetime Achievement Award” to RADM Ronne Froman-Blue, USN (Ret), first female “Navy Mayor” and former CEO of the Monarch School Project. The award is named after the late Admiral Boland, former San Diego Navy mayor and Commander of Naval Base San Diego (now Navy Region Southwest).
“Once again, we are gratified and humbled by the incredible support provided to our military members and their families here in San Diego,” said Dennis DuBard, SDMAC President. “In addition, the level of support provided by our military families in giving back to the community is truly amazing. SDMAC thanks everyone who submitted nominees for this year’s Achievement awards – all are deserving.”
Collectively, award recipients volunteered thousands of hours and dollars in 2016 toward the welfare of San Diego’s military community.
Vice Admiral Nora Tyson, USN, Commander 3rd Fleet, was the keynote speaker for this year’s special event, and Mark Larson, AM 1170 Radio and KUSI TV, was Master of Ceremonies. Attendees included more than 200 community, military, and business leaders. The event was held at the Admiral Kidd Catering & Conference Center onboard Navy Base Point Loma.
From the SDMAC Press Release:
Nancy Dix, Esq. Civilian Group Achievement Award: Warrior Foundation – Freedom Station
The result of years of labor and love by Navy wife and mom, Sandy Lehmkuhler, and CDR Jim Bedinger, USN (Ret), Warrior Foundation – Freedom Station provides housing and services to ensure military heroes continue to be self-sufficient, productive and contributing members of society.
While volunteering at Naval Medical Center San Diego in 2004, Ms. Lehmkuhler was distraught to find the hospital’s injured were lacking some basic quality-of-life items. Spurred by a conversation with two amputees who required special electric razors for shaving, she went on the radio to make a plea for donations and the organization was born. Ms. Lehmkuhler recognized a specific need for those transitioning from military to civilian life. This particular group of warriors often enters a period fraught with fear, uncertainty and self-doubt as they await medical retirement. In order to prevent joblessness and/or homelessness, she began offering services to rehabilitate the whole service member.
Opened in May 2011, the 12-unit housing complex serves as recovery transition center and offers services in physical and emotional recovery, new careers, college entry, monthly budgeting, and home buying. The Foundation also funds airfare and hotel rooms for parents coming to their injured children’s bedsides, special sunglasses for those whose retinas detached after IED blasts, modified combat boots for prosthetic limbs, and hundreds of plane tickets to send warriors home for Christmas.