Honoring Spouses

The Marine Corps Association & Foundation hosted a Spouses' Luncheon on Jan. 29 to recognize the family members and spouses of the award nominees.

The Marine Corps Association & Foundation hosted a Spouses' Luncheon on Jan. 29 to recognize the family members and spouses of the award nominees.

The Marines were nominated for the annual Commandant of the Marine Corps Awards and the SNOIC awards.

"Behind every high performing Marine is a family that supports him or her," said Marine Corps Gazette Editor Col John Keenan, USMC (Ret). "Recognizing the family contribution is just as important as recognizing the Marine’s performance."

The luncheon was held at the Clubs of Quantico restaurant at Marine Corps Base Quantico. The Marine Corps Association & Foundation gifted USMC luggage tags to each family member or spouse at the luncheon and later presented single stem roses to the spouses during the award ceremony.

"The MCA&F recognizes that behind that performance is a spouse whose strength, commitment and sacrifice is as great, or perhaps greater, than their Marine," said Leatherneck editor Col Walt Ford, USMC (Ret). "It’s equally important to honor those spouses who stand silently behind their Marine, taking care of the family and providing a distraction free environment, promoting the excellence that allows the Marine to do those things that make the Marine Corps so great."


Marine Corps Gazette Editor Col John Keenan, USMC (Ret) welcomes the Marines and family members to the Spouses' Luncheon.
Photo credit by Ron Lunn.


GySgt Brian Grado and Dianna Grado attend the Marine Corps Association & Foundation-hosted Spouses' Luncheon. GySgt Brian Grado was awarded the PSR SNOIC of the Year.
Photo credit by Ron Lunn.


Sgt Richard Atkins & Andrea Atkins attend the Spouses' Luncheon. Sgt Atkins was awarded the Career Retention Specialist of the Year.
Photo credit by Ron Lunn.