Military families honored with annual award

General H Norman Schwarzkopf Military Family Award is an award given to families of each branch for the military. It includes families from the Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and National Guard/Reserves. It is named in honor of the late General Schwarzkopf and his family and it is awarded by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Central Florida USO. A speech was given by a member of the Glazer Family Foundation, Darcie Glazer Kassewitz. The foundation is also run by Shari and Ed Glazer. It is given to the families that best show the values of integrity, courage, commitment, and service before self. In doing so in the process of sharing the sacrifice that comes from the service to our country.

General Schwarzkopf was a United States Army General who served as the commander of United States Central Command and all coalition forces in the Gulf War. He was born in Trenton, NJ, on August 22, 1934, and died December 27, 2012, in Tampa, FL. He was one of the most memorable generals of the late 20th century, having done much in the service of the United States. A famous saying of his to encourage the troops under his command was “You can’t help someone get up a hill without getting closer to the top yourself.” you do not have to be in the military to take courage from this quotation.

Sergeant First Class Christopher Rolack and his family were one of the families to get the award this year. He is an Enlistment Aide to the Commanding General of U.S. Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base. His wife serves as a school nurse at Tinker K-8 on the same base. They have eight children all of whom exemplify military values including that of service before self. They volunteer at Metropolitan Ministries, the Ronald McDonald House. Their volunteer work includes much more than this, this family puts most families to shame when it comes to doing volunteer work.

The six families from each military branch were honored at the auditorium at Advent Health Training Center. With them were also members of their extended families. There were two keynote speakers at the event including Owner of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Darcie Glazer Kassewitz. She stated that this was one of her favorite events of the year because of its importance to the Buccaneers as an organization as part of serving members of the military. Truly honoring military families in this manner is a good idea and, it is a great legacy for General Schwarzkopf.