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Camp Pendleton Dad Finalist for Military Fatherhood Award

The Kelly family
Brandy Kelly
The Kelly family

Camp Pendleton-based Navy Lt. Dennis Kelly is one of three finalists for the National Fatherhood Initiative's 2012 Military Fatherhood Award. His wife Brandy nominated him for the honor, which pays homage to the contributions dads in the military make to their children.

Dennis and Brandy Kelly have five children together. Brandi writes that her husband makes sure each child feels special:

Dennis makes it a point to spend one on one time with each child. He knows what each one likes and plans those activities. Caleb loves swinging high on the backyard swing, Hope likes going to the nearby stables to feed the horses, Sarah loves to sing and dance, Micah enjoys rough housing, and Seth loves reading and snuggling. They are all different and Dennis shows them love in the way they understand.

Lt. Kelly serves in the Navy as a Chaplain. To read his entire nomination entry, click here.


The two other finalists for the award are U.S. Army 1st Lieutenant William Edwards, who is based at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, and Senior Airman Jonathan Jackson, who's currently serving at Travis Air Force Base.

Voting starts today on Facebook to decide who will receive the 2012 Military Fatherhood Award. You can vote by clicking here.