The 2009 Major General Anthony J. Drexel Biddle Medal was awarded to Colonel David A. Appling, United States Army, Retired, for his outstanding contributions to the Association of the United States Army.
Colonel Appling joined AUSA in 1957 when he entered the Army as a second lieutenant of Ordnance through the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps Program. He has served AUSA with distinction throughout his military and civilian careers.
A charter member of AUSA’s Silicon Valley Chapter in 1987, Colonel Appling was a prime mover in establishing this chapter as an industry-focused organization in a defense-oriented environment.
With uncommon zeal, enthusiasm, creativity and compassion, he and his chapter members reached out and assisted and supported Soldiers assigned to recruiting and ROTC duties.
From 1999 through 2004, he served on the Association’s National Advisory Board of Directors as a member of the Chapter Operations Committee, and then he was elected president of AUSA’s Sixth Region.
Colonel Appling’s name is synonymous with Soldier and family support, and during his tenure as region president and member of the AUSA Council of Trustees, he frequently visited the twelve chapters in his region.
To ensure that bonds were being created or improved between active Army, Army National Guard and Army Reserve leaders and civilian and community officials, he took a proactive role in guiding his chapter leaders to strengthen these all-important relationships.
Colonel Appling now serves as the AUSA state president for Northern and Central California and has been reappointed to the National Advisory Board of Directors.
In these positions he continues his untiring efforts on behalf of Soldiers and families at a time when our armed forces are facing unique, complex and challenging times.
In recognition of his dedicated and dynamic support to AUSA and its overriding goal—Voice for the Army, Support for the Soldier—the Association of the United States Army proudly presented the Major General Anthony J. Drexel Biddle Medal to Colonel David A. Appling on the fifth day of October, two thousand nine.