2010 - Lt. Gen. Clyde A. Vaughn 

The 2010 Lieutenant General Raymond S. McLain Medal was awarded to Lieutenant General Clyde A. Vaughn, U.S. Army Retired, for his outstanding contributions to the Association of the United States Army’s goal of a seamless and component-integrated Army.

General Vaughn, as Director of the Army National Guard from June 2007 to July 2009, led his 350,000 Soldiers from 54 states, territories and the District of Columbia through a period of dramatically increased operating tempo, while transforming the Army National Guard from a strategic reserve to an operational force.

He inspired and directed the efficient and effective operation of the Army National Guard Directorate, a national organization with 22 divisions and approximately 1,600 personnel, while setting policies and procedures for the Army Guard with uncanny vision to meet the worldwide contingencies of the 21st century.

General Vaughn coordinated with personnel in the Pentagon, across the nation and in more than 3,000 communities, to support Citizen-Soldiers deployed around the world and their families.

He communicated the needs of the Army National Guard and its Soldiers and families to the National Guard Bureau, the Joint Staff, the Department of the Army Staff and members of Congress.

General Vaughn’s top priority when he became Director was to revitalize the Guard’s system of recruiting by initiating a revolutionary method—the Guard Recruiting Assistance Program—that was coupled with the Recruit Sustainment Program, which focused on non-prior service recruits.

This new program stimulated the rate at which Soldiers get through their recruitment phase and actually become active in the Guard. As of April 30, 2009, they had processed more than 92,429 enlistments, proving this new method successful. For the first time in 30 years, the Army National Guard exceeded its recruiting objectives.

General Vaughn partnered with the Department of Agriculture and the Farm Bureau to invest in the improvement of Afghanistan’s agricultural livelihood, by launching the Afghanistan Agribusiness Program to deploy Development Teams to Afghanistan. These teams offered outreach, education and infrastructure support to provide stability and alternative livelihoods to Afghanistan’s rural poor. The program has led to the growth of 17 rotations covering 14 provinces, which contribute to more than 282 sustainable agriculture projects generating more than $21 million in revenue for the people of Afghanistan.

General Vaughn is passionate about the importance of the Family Readiness Program. Through his persistence, the Army National Guard now operates 329 Family Assistance Centers nationwide, providing long-term information, referral and outreach support for geographically dispersed military families. He also sponsored a Strong Bonds (Marriage Enrichment) program, the Freedom Team Salute Campaign (Soldier Recognition) and the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program (Welcome Home), all of which emphasize and recognize the role of the family in supporting and sustaining Soldiers.

With sincere gratitude and the highest regard for his service to our nation and the Army National Guard, the Association of the United States Army proudly presented the Lieutenant General Raymond S. McLain Medal to Lieutenant General Clyde A. Vaughn, U.S. Army Retired, on the twenty-fifth day of October, two thousand ten.