Irene Ferguson Marine Wife Recognition Award


2018 Marine Wife of the Year
Congratulations to our 2018 Award Recipient, Traci Wilson.


2018:  Traci Wilson
2017:  Theresa Viveros
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.

Award and Recognition

The single recipient will receive recognition for service and a monetary award. The 2018 winner will be recognized in front of friends and family on June 8th, 2018 at the Museum at 10:00 am.  There will be a reception honoring the awardee on June 10th.

A plaque and photograph honoring the Irene Ferguson Marine Wife of the Year will be on display for a year at the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum.


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 a  Nominee’s Husband or his Commanding Officer.  A Marine wife may not nominate herself for the award.  Applications will be accepted and reviewed by the Award Committee appointed by the Flying Leatherneck Historical Foundation.

Nominations are due by May 8, 2018 at midnight (Pacific Time).

Wife Award FAQ

Q. How is the awardee chosen?

The awardee is chosen by a panel of Marine wives, past awardees and a granddaughter of Irene Ferguson. Panelists need a complete and well-written application with examples that illustrate how the nominee supports her family, community and/or the country with the resiliency, strength and dedication that characterize U.S. Marine Corps wives.

Q. Who can nominate a Marine Wife for this honor?

With few exceptions, we welcome nominations from friends, family members, neighbors, associates and staff from supporting agencies. To ensure a fair judging process, nominations will not be accepted from a nominee’s husband or his commanding officer.

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

Q. The nomination paperwork states a Commanding Officer cannot nominate the wife of someone under his/her command for this award. 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: If the woman I nominated previously was not chosen as the awardee, can I submit an application on her behalf again?  A: Absolutely! As long as she fulfills the qualifications, the panel would be thrilled to consider her nomination.

Q. Who should be named as a second recommendation?
A. You may list another Marine wife, Marine friend, Family Readiness Officer, 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. Use the link to the online nomination form below.  Nominations should be submitted using the online form, or by mailing answers to the questions to the Flying Leatherneck Historical Foundation office.  Deadline for submissions is May 8, 2018 at midnight (Pacific Time).  Please do not submit photos.

Q. Do you have any additional tips for submitting a nomination?

We recommend that you compose the 750-word narrative responses for the application in a word processor such as MS Word and then cut and paste your response into the online application if you choose to submit the application online. This will allow you to do a word count and spell check on your response prior to filling out the online application and keep you from losing your work in case you are disconnected from the Internet.

There are two ways to submit a nomination:  access the online form below, or mail answers to all the questions to the Flying Leatherneck Historical Foundation Offices to arrive by May 8, 2018.

To complete the application, you will need: your name and contact information, the name and contact information for your nominee, the name and contact information for a person of reference, and a complete explanation (maximum of 750 words) on why your nominee deserves this recognition.

If you have additional questions, please send them to