The Council of Trustees of the Association of the United States Army awarded the 2008 George Catlett Marshall Medal to The Honorable Madeleine K. Albright for her selfless service in pursuit of international diplomacy and national security, and for her commitment to the highest American ideals.
For more than three decades, Secretary Albright has been a prominent, credible and well-respected public servant on the world stage. As an educator, diplomat and scholar, she dedicated her career to promoting American interests and values across the world. In her role as a trusted presidential advisor, her contributions to national security dialogue and her assertive stance in building strategic alliances have shaped America’s foreign policy.
In January 1993 Secretary Albright was nominated as the 21st U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, where she became known as a spirited promoter of America’s interests by encouraging the UN to engage more actively in world affairs.
In January 1997 Secretary Albright was sworn in as the 64th U.S. Secretary of State. In that role, she significantly enhanced the national security of the United States and inspired the successful campaign to end ethnic cleansing in Kosovo. Her leadership in expanding and modernizing NATO demonstrated hers to be a well-recognized and highly regarded voice in articulating our national defense, security, and diplomatic policies.
Secretary Albright worked to reduce the Russian nuclear threat and to strengthen democracy in Europe, Africa, Asia, and Latin America. She was also a major force in building a multifaceted relationship with China, to include trade agreements and fostering human rights.
For her significant contributions to our national security policy, it is with profound admiration and sincere gratitude that the Association of the United States Army proudly presented its highest award, the George Catlett Marshall Medal, to Madeleine K. Albright on the eighth day of October, two thousand eight.