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My Father’s Day
Posted by : David Hirsch on September 15, 2014 - 7:40am

My Father’s Day – David Hirsch, September 15, 2014

25 years ago today, my oldest son was born and I became a father, for the first time.  That makes today My Father’s Day.  Think about it.  Your birthday actually represents the day your father became a father for the first, or perhaps a second, or third time, or more. 

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Ysa Anne Duenas’ Essay
Posted by : TEAMDAD on July 4, 2014 - 4:07pm

Branch:         Navy Father-of-the-Year

Name:           John Duenas, Rank: O-S Commander

Hometown: Windward Hills, Yona, Guam


Ysa Anne Duenas’ Essay (5th Grade – Kaden Elementary School, Okinawa, Japan)


FYI, my dad is awesome.  Het let’s me do things mom would never let me do although sometimes it’s the other way around.  I will tell you why he is my hero, what branch of the military he is in, and all about him.  I think you will like my dad.


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Amaya Quitugua’s Essay
Posted by : TEAMDAD on June 24, 2014 - 4:33pm

Branch:         “Army” Father-of-the-Year

Name:           Raymond Quitugua, U.S. Army 1st Sergeant

Hometown: Sinajana, Guam

Amaya Quitugua’s Essay (6th Grade – Kedena Middle School, Okinawa, Japan) - 

There is no exact definition of a father, but if there was my Dad would be the living, breathing definition of it.  No one’s Dad is perfect, but to me he is everything a Dad should be.  By this I mean that a Dad like mine only comes once in a lifetime. 

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Samantha Duran's Essay
Posted by : TEAMDAD on June 17, 2014 - 4:31pm

Branch:         Marine Father-of-the-Year

Name:           Carlos Duran, Gunnery Sergeant

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

Samantha Duran's Essay (6th Grade – Kaden Middle School, Okinawa, Japan) - 

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Casey Alexander Grime’s Essay
Posted by : TEAMDAD on June 9, 2014 - 4:29pm

Branch:         Father-of-the-Year “Other Category”

Name:           Larry Grimes, Rank GS-14

Hometown: Mobile, Alabama

Casey Alexander Grime’s Essay (6th Grade – Kaden Middle School, Okinawa, Japan) - 

My dad is an inspiring figure.  He is the one I have admired since I was born.  My dad is a man of discipline, but I still love him.  My dad helps me stay focused on my education.  Hel helps me set and achieve my short-term and long-term goals. 

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Clara Adam's Essay
Posted by : TEAMDAD on June 1, 2014 - 4:27pm

Branch:         Air Force Father-of-the-Year

Name:           Christopher Dorr, Staff Sergeant

Hometown: Broken Arrow, OK

Clara Adam's Essay (4th Grade - Amelia Earhart Intermediate School) - 

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What My Father Means To Me Essay by: Sandra 9th Grade
Posted by : David Hirsch on June 24, 2013 - 2:36pm

For the past 16 years I have served as a volunteer reader for the Illinois Fatherhood Initiative (IFI) Chicago White Sox Fatherhood Essay Contest.  The group of 800+ volunteers pour over 10k-20k essays looking for the top 12 per grade, grades 1st through 12th grade.  It’s no easy task picking 3 dads, 3 stepdad, 3 grandfather, and 3 father-figure essays from each grade.  It’s a wonderful volunteer experience for women and men, young and old, and those with means and without.  There are always some funny and poignant essays and tears of joy and sadness.  Across t

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What My Father Means To Me Essay by: Morgan Powers
Posted by : David Hirsch on June 16, 2013 - 10:17am

TEAMDAD partnered with University of Phoenix to conduct the 2103 Military Fatherhood Essay Contest in Okinawa, Japan.  Students were asked to write essays to the theme “What My Father Means To Me.”   In total more than 400 essays were collected from the children of servicemen stationed in Okinawa.  10 essay finalists and their dads were selected as winners.


Here is Morgan Powers’ Essay (Bob Hope School, 2nd Grade).


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