James McLaughlin, chairman of the Honor Flight Network, and Diane Gresse, executive director of the Honor Flight Network, deliver remarks after receiving the 2015 Zachary and Elizabeth Fisher Distinguished Civilian Humanitarian Award on behalf of the Honor Flight Network at the Pentagon Nov. 7, 2016. The Honor Flight Network is a non-profit organization created to honor America’s veterans for all their scarifies by transporting them, accompanied by “guardians” to assist them, to Washington, D.C. to visit and reflect at their memorials.


The Navy is seeking nominations for the 2019 Spirit of Hope (SOH) Award and the Zachary and Elizabeth Fisher Distinguished Civilian Humanitarian Award (Department of Defense recipient), as outlined in NAVADMIN 295/19, released Dec. 18.

The two awards are named in honor of legendary supporters of service members and their families. Navy is seeking worthy applicants who are either individuals or organizations who will be recognized for their accomplishments during calendar year 2019.

Read NAVADMIN 295/19 for criteria and instructions on how to submit nominations. All nominees will be considered for both awards, if they are eligible.

Nominations will be reviewed by a selection committee and forwarded to the Secretary of the Navy.

The deadline to receive nominations is March 9, 2020. Additional information on the awards is available at the following web link: https://www.public.navy.mil/bupers-npc/support/21st_Century_Sailor/readiness/Pages/SpiritofHopeAward.aspx.

The Spirit of Hope Award is presented to individuals or organizations that embody the core values of Bob Hope, who gave generously to military men and women for five decades. The Fisher Award recognizes private sector individuals or organizations that demonstrate exceptional patriotism and humanitarian service for members of the U. S. Armed Forces or their families, as inspired by Zachary and Elizabeth Fisher, founders of the Fisher House Foundation.

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