For Immediate Release


Jordan Barrish

General and Mrs. Hayden to Be Recognized for Unwavering Support of Military Families

September 24, 2015

Hayden’s Will Be Honored with Anna C. Chennault Award from the National Military Family Association

Alexandria, VA – The National Military Family Association (NMFA),  a nonprofit that works to strengthen and protect military families, is proud to announce the recipients of the 2015 Anna C. Chennault Award as General Michael V. Hayden and Mrs. Jeanine Hayden. General and Mrs. Hayden will be honored with this award at this year’s Leadership Luncheon.

The Anna C. Chennault Award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the development of NMFA through their own donations, donations by others, or who have otherwise assisted in accomplishing the Association’s mission of education, information, and advocacy. 

“General Hayden and Mrs. Hayden have long been supporters of NMFA,” said Gail McGinn, NMFA’s Chairman of the Board. “The Hayden’s consistently bring their passion for military families to everything they do for us at NMFA and we are so grateful.”

Mrs. Hayden has been on the Board of Governors for more than 7 years, has served on numerous committees, and serves as the chair on both the Youth Initiatives and Development Committees. Mrs. Hayden’s contributions have molded the past and present success of NMFA, particularly with the Association’s Operation Purple® Program. Mrs. Hayden has spearheaded fundraising initiatives, provided timely and expert guidance to NMFA staff, advocated for policy change, and ensured a future of support for military children and their families.

General Hayden, former director of the National Security Agency and Central Intelligence Agency has been an active member of the NMFA Board of Advisors for 3 years and has been key to the continued success of the Association. In addition to serving on the Board of Advisors, he also assisted with Strategic Planning, and will be taking the lead for fundraising efforts through a newly established National Fundraising Task Force. 

More notably, General and Mrs. Hayden provided critical support for NMFA's first fundraising event outside of Washington, DC, held in Chicago this past May. The event provided an opportunity for local donors, military personnel, officials, and organizations serving military families and veterans to learn more about NMFA’s mission and impact.

General Hayden was personally involved in the solicitation process to targeted funding prospects and members of the event Host Committee. He was a keynote speaker at the event, sharing insight on the turbulent times we live in. He also shared his perspective on the growing threat of ISIS, Iran, our relationship with Israel, cyber security and the national intelligence community, and how those factors affect military families. This event was NMFA’s most successful fundraiser in its history, and would not have been possible without the tremendous support of General and Mrs. Hayden.

“NMFA is so humbled by the gracious support of General and Mrs. Hayden, and so glad to call them a friend to our Association,” said McGinn. “We look forward to the years to come, as we work together to fight to strengthen and protect our nation’s military families.”

For more information on NMFA’s Annual Leadership Luncheon, or to register, please visit:, 

About the National Military Family Association
The National Military Family Association is the leading nonprofit dedicated to serving the families who stand behind the uniform. Since 1969, NMFA has worked to strengthen and protect millions of families through its advocacy and programs. They provide spouse scholarships, camps for military kids, and retreats for families reconnecting after deployment and for the families of the wounded, ill, or injured. NMFA serves the families of the currently serving, retired, wounded or fallen members of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Commissioned Corps of the USPHS and NOAA. To get involved or to learn more, visit

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