The Dedeaux Family
A Fort Knox drill sergeant and his family have been selected as the winners of the first Association of the United States Army -- Rubbermaid Volunteer Family of the Year award.
Sgt. 1st Class Lynn Dedeaux, his wife Tracy and their two daughters, Sydney and Jade, will be recognized Oct. 21 during the Opening Session of the AUSA Annual Meeting in Washington.
The Dedeauxs have been active members of the military community for 16 years.
They have taken in soldiers, developed support groups for families of deployed soldiers, worked with their children's schools, been leaders in the church and volunteered with Army Community Service and Army Family Team Building.
For the past four years they have also served with HOPE Worldwide and HOPE for Kids International as well as Habitat for Humanity.
The AUSA awards committee selected them from 31 entrants. AUSA Family Programs Director Sylvia Kidd said, "All our nominees are outstanding and have contributed so much to soldiers, families and their communities, but this family consistently acts as a unit in supporting each other, their military family and their military and civilian communities
"They have received awards for outstanding service as a family several times, and have twice been a first runner-up for military family of the year.
"There are many other contributions the family has made, but one thing is clear: as a family, they have always contributed to their military and surrounding communities -- and their desire is to make life better for both married soldiers and their families and single soldiers."
The Dedeauxs will receive an all-expense trip to Washington for the three-day Annual Meeting, courtesy of Newell Rubbermaid.
At the meeting, they will have the opportunity to meet the officer, noncommissioned officer and civilian leadership of the Army.
The Dedeauxs will also receive a cash award of $1,500, and a gift package from Newell Rubbbermaid Home Products and Rubbermaid Commercial Products.
The runners-up, Capt. Jerald Gross and Keira Jones and Maj. and Mrs. Marc Roberts, will receive $500 savings bonds and Newell Rubbermaid gift baskets.
All AUSA chapters were given the opportunity to nominate up to three families to receive the award.
Included in the submission was a 600- to 800-word essay explaining the overall impact of the family on the Army and the community.