MSCCN Receives Prestigious Newman's Own Award


On September 2, 2011, MSCCN was honored at the 11th Annual Newman’s Own Award Ceremony. The ceremony was held in Washington D.C. at the Pentagon in the Hall of Heroes. The MSCCN was one of six non-profit organizations chosen (out of 186 nominees) as 2011 grant recipients. Each

From left: Admiral Mike Mullen, then-Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff, presents Newman’s Own Award to MSCCN’s Executive Director Stacy Bayton; Thomas Indoe, President of Newman’s Own.

organization, including MSCCN, was chosen for their passionate and unique plans to support our nation’s heroes by enhancing the communities in which they live and serve.

This annual grant competition is sponsored each year by Newman’s Own, Fisher House Foundation, and Military Times. These three corporations and their panel of judges seek awardees each year that have ingenious and innovative programs that benefit service members and their families.

The MSCCN received the award for their National Guard Employment Program – Helping Our Heroes at Home. It is the intent of this program to improve National Guard force stability by improving its members’ ability to seek, obtain, and retain civilian employment after they return home from overseas deployments.

The program was created from a partnership that MSCCN entered into with National Guard Bureau and DirectEmployer’s Association in late 2010. Together the three founded the National Guard Employment Network to expand employment programs and support to all National Guard by

From left: Maj. Gen. Kelly K. McKeague, then-Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for National Guard Matters, Stacy Bayton, and Mrs. McKeague.


providing employment readiness and job placement support for all National Guardsmen and their families as well as employment training and support for each National Guard state Command and their employment teams.

Thomas Indoe, President of Newman’s Own served as the main presenter for the event; special remarks were given by Admiral Mullen; Ken Fisher, Fisher House Foundation Chairman and CEO; Tobias Naegele, Editor in Chief at Military Times; and David Coker, President of Fisher House Foundation.

Joining MSCCN at the ceremony was Major General Carpenter, Acting Director of the Army National Guard, National Guard Bureau; Major General McKeague, the Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for National Guard and Reserve Matters; Colonel Baldwin, Major Ellison, and Kelly Loring from National Guard Bureau; and Edward Greene, MSCCN Board of Directors Member.

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