The 2012 Major General Anthony J. Drexel Biddle Medal was presented to Brigadier General Robert A. Drolet, United States Army, Retired, for his outstanding contributions to the Association of the United States Army.
After graduating from Boston College, Robert A. Drolet was commissioned as an Army officer. During his career, which spanned over 29 years, he held numerous command, leadership and management positions within the United States, including multiple Pentagon assignments, as well as tours in Germany and Vietnam. While at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, General Drolet served as project manager for two weapon systems. His final assignment in the Army was as the air defense program executive officer, the Army’s senior acquisition executive for Army air and missile defense.
For his outstanding military service, General Drolet has been awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit and the Bronze Star Medal with ‘V’ device and three Oak Leaf Clusters.
Upon retiring from the Army, General Drolet carried over his leadership skills to his new job at Lockheed Martin and to his volunteer activities. As a senior executive at Lockheed Martin and a board member of affiliated companies, General Drolet was recognized for the success, efficiency and effectiveness of the projects he oversaw. General Drolet has also made significant contributions to volunteer organizations in Alabama since his retirement from the Army, notably those organizations aiding American veterans, such as the Huntsville Veterans’ Week Celebration and Parade, the Madison County Veterans’ Memorial Foundation and the Tennessee Valley Armed Forces Week.
General Drolet, a lifetime member of AUSA, has held a number of leadership positions within the organization, including president of the Redstone Huntsville Chapter and third region vice president; he also served as AUSA’s Alabama state president from 1999 to 2011. For his dedication and service to AUSA, General Drolet was awarded the AUSA Third Region Distinguished Service Award and the third region’s Brenda Dougherty Award for Lifetime Service.
General Drolet has also received a number of civilian awards for his volunteerism, including the American Legion National Leadership Award for Distinguished Service to Veterans, North Alabama “Veteran of the Year” in 2003, the Disabled American Veterans Award for Exemplary Service. He has had a Heart of the Valley YMCA service to veterans award named after him and has been honored numerous times for his good works.
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 Brigadier General Robert A. Drolet, United States Army, Retired, on the twenty-second day of October, two thousand twelve.