The 2012 Major General Anthony J. Drexel Biddle Medal was awarded to Virgil Teter for his outstanding contributions to the Association of the United States Army.
Virgil Teter has been a longstanding and unequalled supporter of AUSA and the Soldiers and military families of Central Texas-Fort Hood. As vice president for news at KWTX, a television station serving Central Texas, Mr. Teter has been able to provide AUSA and its local chapters with a unique service. An ardent supporter of AUSA’s mission, Mr. Teter has initiated a peerless series of efforts to assist with the public affairs and outreach of local chapters—getting the word out on AUSA, its local chapters and the Soldier and family support programs they work so hard to support.
For over ten years Mr. Teter and his team at KWTX have made and broadcast public service announcements (PSAs) praising the work AUSA does and also helping to increase awareness of the issues facing Soldiers and their families. During a recent membership drive, which brought in over 4,700 new members since February 1st, Mr. Teter broadcast PSAs to assist AUSA with its recruitment. He is also responsible for a one-hour KWTX live television special featuring singer/songwriter Larry Gatlin in support of our troops. All of this was done without request, and without compensation, for a cause which Mr. Teter feels is worthy of supporting.
For his work with KWTX, Mr. Teter and his team have received a great deal of recognition. Fort Hood commanders, from Lieutenant General Tom Metz through then Lieutenant General (and now General and Chief of Staff, Army) Raymond T. Odierno, have shown their support for Mr. Teter’s efforts by appearing in his PSAs. Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and former Under Secretary of the Army Nelson Ford have also voiced their support for Mr. Teter's outstanding television campaign for our Soldiers.
Beyond his role as a television executive, Mr. Teter has gone above and beyond to help support Army-based organizations. He convinced National Banks of Central Texas, Wal-Mart and HEB (a regional grocery chain) to donate tens of thousands of dollars to the chapter, beginning what would become steady donations to organizations serving Soldiers. Following the Fort Hood shootings, Mr. Teter again advocated for support for the Fort Hood community and was able to obtain HEB’s support and nearly $1 million in donations for those affected.
It is no wonder that the Central Texas-Fort Hood Chapter is one of AUSA’s strongest and best-organized chapters. The chapter’s leadership has had a strong ally in Mr. Teter, whose efforts have been instrumental in accomplishing Fort Hood’s goals to support our Soldiers and their families.
In recognition of his tireless support for AUSA and his many contributions to its mission, the Association of the United States Army proudly presented the Major General Anthony J. Drexel Biddle Medal to Virgil Teter on the twenty-second day of October, two thousand twelve.