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Accepting the Award was Admiral William H. McRaven, Commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command, on behalf of the Men and Women of the U.S. Special Operations Command. Alongside him are General Gregg Martin, President of NDU, Cathleen Pearl, President/CEO of NDU Foundation, Adm Michael Mullen and Al Zimmerman, Chair of the Board of NDU Foundation.
A crowd of over 600 guests attended the award Gala at the Ronald Regan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, DC, including some of Washington's most influential leaders. Admiral Michael Mullen, USN (Ret), former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, delivered the tribute speech. Award-winning journalist, Leon Harris from ABC7/WJLA-TV, served as the Master of Ceremonies.