Irene Ferguson Marine Wife Recognition Award

marine wife and family
Congratulations to our 2016 Award Recipient: Lauren Huff.  See the Video


2016: Lauren Huff

2015: Kimberly Reed
2014: Cyndi Stamps
2013: Jamie Weathers
2012: Sasha Lightfoot
2011: Rachael Wunderlich


To honor and highlight the resiliency, strength, and dedication that a United States Marine Corps wife embodies as she supports our military men and women, families and communities.


In the past, little recognition was given to the trials and tribulations of the service wife who made it possible for her husband to pursue his service career for the benefit of our nation.  In the last decade, the stress and strain on the family has perhaps been greater than ever before. The Flying Leatherneck Historical Foundation strongly believes community support and public awareness of the service and sacrifice of the military wife and family is important.

The Flying Leatherneck Historical Foundation has created the Irene Ferguson Marine Wife Recognition Award in memory of Irene Ferguson, wife of Major Glenn Ferguson, United States Marine Corps (Retired).

The spirit of this award is captured in the words of Major Glenn Ferguson below:

“My wife’s passing gave me pause to reflect on the nearly six and a half wonderful decades we shared together.  In doing so, I realized that in all the museums I had visited, all the parks I had walked through, and all the buildings I had been in, none included a tribute honoring the life of commitment and sacrifice made by service wives in support of their husbands.  Their men frequently left for distant lands where they usually lead busy lives; sometimes in exciting or dangerous times. Many were awarded medals and received accolades from their fellow servicemen.  Their feats were often extolled in the newspapers and magazines.  Unsung were the wives left behind.  These steadfast women nurtured and educated their children, cared for them in times of sickness, and soothed their fears when daddy was gone.  There are no medals or monuments to attest to their trials, tribulations, and victories.”

General Guidelines

The Irene Ferguson Marine Wife Recognition Award will be presented to a Marine wife whose husband is currently on active duty and serving in a unit whose home base is located in the Southwest Region of the United States.

Nominations should be submitted for United States Marine Corps wives recognized for their strength of character, personal sacrifice and commitment to family, community, and country. Nominations may be submitted by supporting agencies but may not be submitted by Nominee’s Husband and/or Command. Applications will be accepted and reviewed by the Award Committee appointed by the Flying Leatherneck Historical Foundation.

Wife Award FAQs

Q. Can a husband nominate his wife?
A. No

Q. The nomination paperwork states a Command cannot nominate a wife. Does that mean no one in a command can nominate a wife?
A. No. A Family Readiness Officer, or a fellow Marine or Marine spouse in a command can nominate a wife. The Commanding Officer is the one person who cannot nominate a wife in his/her command.

Q. Who should be named as a second recommendation?
A. You may list another Marine wife, Marine friend, FRO, civilian friend – someone who knows the wife well and can support the nomination if it comes down to a tie breaker.

Q. The Marine wife’s husband is deployed. Can I still nominate her?
A. Yes. If the husband’s unit is from the Southwest Region, but is deployed elsewhere, the wife is eligible.

Q. What comprises the Southwest Region?
A. If a unit belongs to the 3d Marine Aircraft Wing or Marine Corps Installations West, they are eligible.

Q. How should I submit my nomination?
A. Nominations can be emailed, faxed or mailed to the Flying Leatherneck Historical Foundation.  2016 nominations are due April 23, 2016.

Fax: 858.693.0037
Mail to: Flying Leatherneck Historical Foundation
P.O. Box 45316
T 4203 Anderson Avenue
San Diego, CA 92145-0316

Cash Award

A $1500.00 award will be gifted annually to a single recipient, and when possible, awarded at the annual FLHF Black Tie Gala. The $1000 award will be given at Gala and $500 given prior to event to help offset expenses to attend Gala.

Submit your nomination below by April 23, 2016

Flying Leatherneck Historical Foundation Irene Ferguson Marine Wife Recognition Award Southwest Region Nomination Form

  • Nominator Information

    Both a Nominator (who will write an essay) and a Person of Reference are required with each nomination. The Person of Reference will be used if additional information is needed or in the event of a tie-breaker. We accept nominees year-round. You will be put into the selection pool for the next year that is coming up for review.
  • Please describe characteristics of the United States Marine Corps Wife nominee, why she stands out among other military wives and how she has contributed to the military and/or civilian community. This may include volunteer work, special projects, or acts of goodwill. (500-word limit)
  • Accepted file types: doc, pdf.
    If you have additional notes or other information to upload regarding the nominee, you can upload it here.