The Major General Anthony J. Drexel Biddle Medal was awarded to Mr. Norman D. Harkins for his outstanding contributions to the Association of the United States Army and its First Region.
As a New England native and long-time resident, Mr. Harkins has had a close affinity for—and lasting commitment to—the region he represented as president of the Association of the United States Army’s First Region. From his work at Raytheon to his support for numerous programs benefiting Soldiers and veterans, Mr. Harkins has spent more than forty years championing the missions and values of the Association of the United States Army.
Over the years Mr. Harkins has spearheaded support for organizations that reflect AUSA’s mission and values, such as Fisher House Boston and the National Education for Assistance Dog Services’ Canines for Combat Veterans program. On a more personal level, last year the Harkins family participated in the Northern New York–Fort Drum Chapter’s Adopt a 10th Mountain Platoon Program, which connects deployed platoons to sponsors back in the United States through letters and care packages, giving them a taste of home while they are so far away.
Mr. Harkins has also been the driving force behind a number of initiatives aimed at public outreach for the Army and its Soldiers. He has been a key supporter of the region’s ROTC Ranger Challenge, has coached Raytheon’s Army Ten-Miler team to twelve consecutive victories and has recently been working with the Army Recruiting Command to establish the New England Community advisory board—a group designed to promote values education, fitness and service in New England high schools.
Through his relationship with the Association of the United States Army, Mr. Harkins has served as president of the Minutemen Chapter as well as president of the First Region. Mr. Harkins continues to advise and support current AUSA leaders and initiatives. When the European Department recently experienced an unexpected change in leadership, he stepped up and provided guidance until the new leadership was in place. He is currently serving as president of the Fort Dix Chapter.
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 Mr. Norman Harkins on the tenth day of October, two thousand eleven.