Story last updated at 10/28/2009 - 12:17 pm
JUNEAU - The National Military Family Association recently recognized Petty Officer 1st Class Aaron Udland of Juneau as the recipient of the Coast Guard Family of the Year Award for his family's efforts in volunteering and significantly contributing to support cancer awareness through various national organizations.
Udland, his wife Shannon and their four children volunteer with the American Cancer Society to help raise money and gain community involvement and awareness. He and his wife are actively involved in the planning committee for the society's annual fundraiser, Relay For Life. Relay for Life is the family's passion, but they also enjoy volunteering and participating in other community events for a variety of organizations such as United Way.
"We look at the Coast Guard as a large organization with more than 40,000 people and to be selected to represent all of the Coast Guard families is just a great honor," Udland said.
The National Military Family Association receives nominations from active duty, Reserve Component and retiree families of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, Commissioned Corps of NOAA, the Public Health Service and families of fallen service members. One of the uniformed service families will be named the 2009 Military Family of the Year on Oct. 28.
Udland graduated from Juneau-Douglas High School in 1989 and joined the Coast Guard in 1997. He has been stationed aboard the Coast Guard Cutter's Long Island, Roanoke Island and Polar Star as well as Coast Guard Station Seattle. He is currently assigned to Station Juneau.