2012 NAVY SPIRIT OF HOPE AWARD RECIPIENT

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RMKS/1.  This NAVADMIN announces the selection of Mrs. Laura Baxter as the 
Navy's 2012 Spirit of Hope Award winner.  For six years Mrs. Baxter has been 
instrumental in the production of five signature 
military community events; 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.  These events are aimed at recognizing the achievements of all active-
duty service members, the veterans' community, and military families in the 
Hampton Roads, VA area.  She also selflessly volunteers her time to numerous 
service organizations that support the quality of life of military members 
and their families, to include:  United Service Organizations of Hampton 
Roads and Central Virginia, United States Navy League Hampton Roads Chapter, 
Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce, Navy Marine Corps Relief Society, and the 
Tidewater Military Family Service Council.  

2.  Mrs. Baxter was nominated by Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic.  She is 
the publisher and general manager of Flagship, Inc., and Military Newspapers 
of Virginia.  Mrs. Baxter 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. 

3.  Mrs. Baxter will be presented the 2012 Spirit of Hope Award at a joint 
ceremony honoring awardees from all services at the Pentagon on 19 November 
13.

4.  The Spirit of Hope Award is named for Mr. Bob Hope and is presented 
annually by the Wiegand Foundation to individuals or organizations that 
embody Mr. Hope's five decade-long commitment and service to military men and 
women.  

5.  Point of contact is Ms. Millie King, OPNAV N17D, at (703) 604-5049/DSN 
664 or via e-mail at millie.king(at)navy.mil.

6.  Released by Vice Admiral W. F. Moran, N1.//

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