Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point --
Marine Aircraft Group 26’s family readiness officer has been awarded the Military Motherhood Award.
Robin L. Schoolfield was given the accolade and presented with a letter of congratulations and a military coin presented by the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing commanding general, Maj. Gen. James F. Flock, at the 2nd MAW headquarters building, April 28.
This nationwide contest started with about 600 mothers and was cut down to a final five before announcing the winner.
“There were 20 of us in the semifinals,” said Schoolfield. “It was humbling to be in the presence of these other women. All their stories were amazing and inspiring.”
The 20 semifinalist all voted for which story was the most touching, and the top five were sent to the finals.
“After reading all these stories, I didn’t want to submit mine for the other 19 women to vote for because I though that I couldn’t win,” said Schoolfield.
Schoolfield’s story was submitted initially by her father.
“My father was a retired Army officer, so I moved around a lot before being married,” said Schoolfield. “I have been through five deployments and nine permanent change of station moves with my husband, and two of those moves were done at eight months pregnant.”
Schoolfield has done many things for her community while balancing her family requirements.
Not only does Schoolfield work as a FRO and help Marines and families of MAG-26, but she also has four kids, one of which was adopted from Russia, and two who are autistic.
“When I found out that I had made the cut for the semifinals, I laughed,” said Schoolfield. “They called me at work, and I sat there and giggled. I am honored to represent all military moms and to receive this award.”