The Association of the United States Army’s Council of Trustees has announced the names of the 2014 national AUSA award recipients as recommended to the council by the Association’s awards committee.
Most awards will be presented at the opening session of the Association’s Annual Meeting and Exposition, Monday, Oct. 13, at 9:30 a.m., in the main ballroom of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in the nation’s capital.
As previously announced, Coach Michael W. Krzyzewski, legendary head basketball coach at Duke University and a long-time supporter of our men and women in uniform and their families, will receive the 2014 George Catlett Marshall Medal, the highest award presented by the Association of the United States Army at the Marshall dinner, Wednesday, Oct. 15, where Krzyzewski will be the speaker.
The following honorees received awards from AUSA, recognizing their accomplishments and service to our country:
LTG Arthur J. Gregg, USA Ret. is the recipient of the General Creighton W. Abrams Medal, awarded to an individual or organization contributing most significantly to the advancement of the United States Army into the current year. LTG Gregg served our Nation honorably for the past 70 years, fighting in both Vietnam and Korea, as well as leading within AUSA for the past 30 years. He continues his non-profit work to this day.
Mrs. Carlene Joseph is the recipient of the Major General Anthony J. Drexel Biddle Medal, which is awarded to the individual who has contributed most significantly to the advancement and mission of the Association of the U.S. Army this year. Mrs. Joseph joined AUSA in 2002, made an immediate impact with the authoring of the Chapter’s newsletter, and was voted in as President of the Captain Meriwether Lewis Chapter in 2009.
Lt. Gen. David F. Melcher, USA Retired, of Exelis, Inc. is awarded the John W. Dixon Award, which is presented annually to an individual of the industrial community contributing to national defense. Lt. Gen. Melcher served in the United States Army for 32 years and as Chief Executive Officer of Exelis, has spearheaded the effort to provide the Army with a variety of networking, communications and night vision capabilities that help ensure operational mission success.
Command Sergeant Major Richard C. Morris is the recipient of the Sergeant Major of the Army William G. Bainbridge Medal, which is awarded annually to a noncommissioned officer – Active, Army National Guard, Army Reserve or Retired – contributing most to the United States Army Noncommissioned Officer Corps, this year. CSM Morris joined the Army in 1983, serving for 23 years. During his service, he received numerous awards and commendations, and served in a number of leadership positions across the Army. He retired from service in 2006.
Major General Timothy E. Orr is the recipient of the Lieutenant General Raymond S. McLain Medal, awarded to a serving or former member of the United States Army National Guard who has contributed most to the advancement of the Association’s goal of a seamless and component-integrated Army this year. MG Orr enlisted in the Army National Guard in 1978, while still in high school, and currently serves in the Office of the Adjutant General of Iowa.
Major General Paul E. Mock is the recipient of the Major General James Earl Rudder Medal, which is awarded annually to a serving or former member of the United States Army Reserve who has contributed most to the advancement of the Association’s goal of a seamless and component-integrated Army this year. MG Mock was commissioned in 1972 through the ROTC program at Claremont Men’s College. He took many mobilization and deployment assignments throughout his career, including to Kuwait in 2004 as Commanding General. MG Mock retired from the U.S. Army Reserve in 2008.
The family of SFC Charles Hindbaugh is the recipient of the Volunteer Family of the Year Award, which is awarded to those who are being recognized for their volunteer efforts to promote the well-being of Soldiers and their family members. The Hindbaughs have served in the Army for over 20 years, and Mrs. Hindbaugh was a prior Active duty and Reserve Soldier.
Ms. Alecia R. Grady is the recipient of the Joseph P. Cribbins Medal. This award is presented annually to a current or recently retired Department of the Army Civilian of any component in recognition of their exemplary service to the U.S. Army, significant contributions to AUSA and the local community. Ms. Grady is currently the Chief of the Armed Forces Community Services at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, and has been an AUSA member since 1994.
Army Emergency Relief is the recipient of the National Service Award, which is awarded annually to an organization in recognition of exemplary service and demonstrated enduring support to the American Soldier and the United States Army community continuing into the current year. Army Emergency Relief, acting as a financial assistance provider to Army families, has given out over $1.5 billion since its inception in 1942 to aid those family members left behind by deceased Army personnel.