AUSA recognizes Army Child of the Year 

4/19/2011 

The Association of the United States Army congratulates Kyle Hoeye on being selected Army Child of the Year.

Through his high school’s Key Club, Kyle spearheaded a campaign to create a “deployment kit” -- treats, photos and items of personal interest -- sent to deployed soldiers with the help of their families.  Kyle exemplifies the spirit of the Army family.

Kyle is the 16-year-old son of Arizona National Guard Sgt. 1st Class James and Michaelena Hoeye.  Because of his father's active-duty military obligations, Kyle moved six times before he was 12 years old.  Now 16 and enrolled in Marana High School in Tucson, Ariz., Kyle has watched his father transition from the active Army to a citizen-soldier in National Guard, and as a result, the family became immersed in a more civilian lifestyle.

But that has not kept Kyle forgetting what it’s like growing up in a military environment and the challenges of being a child with a parent serving in today’s military.

 Kyle's efforts to help ease some of the challenges military kids experience such as his deployment kit speaks highly of his desire to reach out to other kids and help them through the rough patches,” said AUSA President Gen. Gordon R. Sullivan, USA, Ret.  “He is an excellent representative and role model for military children, and we wish Kyle much continued success.”

More than 1,400 children competed in the military Child of the Year program run by Operation Homefront, and Kyle was nominated by his mother Michaelena, a member of AUSA’s Tucson-Goyette Chapter executive committee.

Upon learning about his selection, “It took a bit of time to set in, and when it did, it was both overwhelming and humbling at the same time," Kyle told Army News Service.