The 2016 American Patriot Award honored both the Men and Women of the United States Department of Defense accepted by the Honorable Ashton Carter, Secretary of Defense and the Men and Women of the Defense and Intelligence Industry accepted by Mr. Norm Augustine, former OSD DR&E Executive, Acting Secretary of the Army and former Chairman, Lockheed Martin Corporation. The 2016 APA recognized the strong partnership between the Department of Defense and the Defense and Intelligence Industry and highlighted their spirit of innovation and tremendous contributions to our Nation’s security and defense.
The 2015 American Patriot Award honored the men and women of the Central Intelligence Agency for their selfless dedication to the security of the United States. Their providing of silent and professional service to the country and our international partners is invaluable. Through daily briefings to the President, building threat assessments, and working in the field in dangerous and unpredictable environments, the CIA works tirelessly to support the mission of the United States despite these efforts not often being measurable.
The Director of the CIA, John O. Brennan, accepted the 2015 American Patriot Award on behalf of the men and women of the Central Intelligence Agency.
The 2014 American Patriot Award honored the men and women of the National Guard for their dedication to ensuring the safety and security of people around the world. They leave their civilian routines, often at short notice, to protect others in conflict, natural disasters, and national hardships. Older than the United States itself, the National Guard comprises over 354,000 Army National Guard and 106,000 Air National Guard members whose predecessors have fought in every American war since 1637. Since 2001, over seven hundred Guardsmen and women have made the ultimate sacrifice for us, as we have increasingly relied upon their service in conflicts abroad. Daily, they guard our vital infrastructure and, in moments of crisis, are ready to protect us. They saved over 17,000 people during the 2005 hurricanes and more than 63,000 defended Kuwaitis from invasion. They partner with militaries around the world to support training and peace building missions, serving with our allies in places as diverse as Jordan, Ukraine and Guatemala.
General Frank J. Grass, USA Chief NGB accepted the 2014 American Patriot Award on behalf of the men and women of the National Guard. Tribute speakers included the Honorable Jeremiah W. (Jay) Nixon, 55th Governor of Missouri, Her Royal Highness Princess Aisha Bint Al Hussein of Jordan, and the Under Secretary of the USAF, the Honorable Eric Fanning.
The NDU Foundation presented The Honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton with the 2013 American Patriot Award to celebrate her dedication to public service as the First Lady, Senator, and Secretary of State. At the 2013 Gala, Admiral James Stavridis introduced Secretary Clinton, and Secretary Clinton spoke about the crucial role of women in global peace and security efforts.
In 2012, the American Patriot Award Gala honored the Men and Women of Special Operations Command. An integral part of American strategy, Special Operations teams are comprised of the most elite members of the armed forces, and are dedicated patriots.
The 2012 American Patriot Award was presented by Mr. Robert Kraft and Admiral Mike Mullen, both of whom spoke about their own experiences with Special Operations Command. The award was accepted on behalf of the Men and Women of Special Operations by Admiral William McRaven, Commander of Special Operations since 2011.
The 2011 American Patriot Award Gala honored Senators John McCain and Joseph Lieberman for their lifetimes of public service. Senator McCain started his career at the Naval Academy, served in the Vietnam War and survived capture and imprisonment, becoming a Congressman and Senator following his release. Senator Lieberman began his career as Attorney General of Connecticut, and went on to become a Congressman and Senator for Connecticut, as well as a Vice Presidential candidate. Senators Lieberman and McCain were recognized for their outstanding record of contributions to America’s national security, armed forces and veterans throughout their impressive careers in government.
At the American Patriot Award Gala in Washington, DC, U.S. Army Chief of Staff General Raymond Odierno and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director David Petraeus gave personal tributes to the honorees, and presented them with the 2011 award.
The NDU Foundation awarded Secretary of Defense Robert Gates with the 2010 American Patriot Award. Serving 26 years in the CIA and the National Security Council, Robert Gates rose to become the Director of Central Intelligence under President George H. W. Bush. Gates served for a number of years as the President of Texas A&M University and as a member of the Iraq study group. Gates was appointed as the Secretary of Defense in 2006, and lead American efforts to achieve stability in both Iraq and Afghanistan until his retirement in 2011.
Notable figures including The Honorable David L. Boren, former Senator of Oklahoma, provided special remarks alongside General James E. Cartwright, USMC, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, detailing Secretary Gates’s many patriot contributions to American security. President George H.W. Bush provided a video message highlighting the many achievements Secretary Gates has made throughout his career to help service men and women, which was played for guests at the 2010 American Patriot Award Gala.
The 2009 American Patriot Award was presented to General David Petraeus and the Men and Women of CENTCOM for their unwavering dedication to American security. The men and women of CENTCOM led the American military through offensive and stability operations throughout the Persian Gulf War, the Iraq war, and the War in Afghanistan.
At the 2009 American Patriot Award Gala, General Ann Dunwoody, USA, and General John Rogers Galvin, USA (Ret) shared their support for CENTCOM and General Petraeus, who accepted the award in person. Five military heroes joined general Petraus in accepting the American Patriot Award on behalf of their services, including CSM Rocky Shapla, USA; CDR Stephen Hall, USN; GYSGT Josue Magana, USMC; Tech. Sgt. Timothy R. Evans, USAF; LCDR Holly Harrison, USCG
In 2008, Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger was presented with the American Patriot Award in recognition for his distinguished career in public service. Colleagues from the military, diplomatic, political and economic communities, including Alexander Haig and Colin Powell, attended the Gala to speak to Kissinger’s manifold achievements.
Henry Kissinger is noted as a recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, and for his steadfast commitment to American security. A proponent of Realpolitik, Kissinger played a prominent role in United States foreign policy between 1969 and 1977. During this period, he pioneered the policy of détente with the Soviet Union, orchestrated the opening of relations with the People's Republic of China, and negotiated the Paris Peace Accords, ending American involvement in the Vietnam War. Henry Kissinger accepted the American Patriot Award in person at the 2008 American Patriot Award Gala in Washington, DC.
On November 16, the 2007 American Patriot Award was presented to two of the nation's finest patriots - Senator John Warner and Congressman Ike Skelton. Senator Warner, as a United States Marine Corps Officer, Secretary of the Navy, and United States Senator from Virginia, and Congressman Ike Skelton as a State Legislator, Military Historian, and United States Representative from Missouri have served our nation with uncommon fervor and devotion. Their more than 80 years of unparalleled public service truly represent a special kind of American patriotism deserving of special recognition.