Carnival Cruise Line Brand Ambassador John Heald delighted and entertained an audience of several hundred military personnel, military families and supporters of Operation Homefront as the official emcee of the 2017 Military Child of the Year Awards held recently in Washington, D.C.

Operation Homefront is the national non-profit that builds strong, stable and secure military families and organizes the annual awards event.  A Military Child of the Year is chosen by each branch of the military based on resilience and strength of character, thriving within the challenges of military life as well as leadership within their families and their communities.

This year’s winners included Molly Frey, Mary Kate Cooper, Alexander McGrath, Jamal Braxton, Henderson Heussner and Jackson Beatty.

Additionally, Sophie Bernstein was the recipient of the second annual Innovation Award for Military Children.  Bernstein was recognized for a unique program that promotes sustainable food options and created 22 vegetable gardens at low-income daycare centers and shelters in her native St. Louis.

Carnival provided each Military Child of the Year honoree and their family with a complimentary cruise to the Caribbean from one of the line’s North American homeports.  Carnival has partnered with Operation Homefront on a number of fundraising and awareness initiatives and also entertained hundreds of military families on board the new Carnival Vista as part of the line’s Honor.Family.Fun. program.