Former Secretary of the Army Pete Geren will receive the 2010 George Catlett Marshall Medal at the Association of the United States Army’s Annual Meeting.
The medal will be presented to Geren Oct. 27, at the George Catlett Marshall Memorial Dinner, the final event of the Annual Meeting at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington.
Awarded annually to an individual who has exhibited selfless service to the United States of America, the medal will be presented to Geren, the 20th secretary of the Army and a former congressman from Texas, by the Association’s Council of Trustees to recognize his contributions to the U.S. Army, its soldiers of all components, civilian employees and their spouses and families, underlying his firm commitment to the highest American ideals.
"The Association of the United States Army and its over 100,000 members are honored to recognize Pete Geren," said AUSA President Gen. Gordon R. Sullivan, USA, Ret. "He is a great American and truly deserving of AUSA’s highest award."
Geren, who received bachelor of arts and law degrees from the University of Texas, represented the 12th Congressional District for eight years after practicing law in Fort Worth. While in Congress, he served on the Armed Services, Science & Technology, Public Works, and Transportation committees.
Geren was a highly respected legislator who was called to the Pentagon in September 2001 – just prior to 9/11 – to serve as a special assistant to the secretary of defense. In this position he honed his leadership skills while tackling inter-agency initiatives and challenges, legislative affairs and special projects.
He then served as acting secretary of the Air Force from July to November 2005.
He became the 28th under secretary of the Army in 2006, and was named acting Army secretary in March 2007 until his confirmation by the Senate on July 16, 2007, as secretary.
For the Army as an institution, his managerial and leadership skills during the global warfighting missions and ongoing efforts to reorganize and transform the Army into a well-equipped, well-armed and modular-centric force for the future were exceptional.
The hallmark of Geren’s wartime leadership of the Army was his uncompromising passion for taking care of soldiers, their spouses and their families.
He developed and was the first to sign the Army’s Family Covenant and the Army Community Covenant that affirm and reaffirm support for soldiers and families at posts around the world by forming strong partnerships between soldiers and civilians.
Geren established the Wounded Warrior Program (AW2) that directly links soldiers who have suffered in combat to the best programs in the civilian communities for those who need more advanced, state-of-the-art protocols and support.
He declared for all Army leaders that annually, November would be Wounded Warrior Recognition Month.
He chartered a course to set up Soldier Family Assistance Centers at more than 30 Army installations that serve as a one-stop facility where wounded warriors and their families are able to find assistance and information to lead them though a very difficult and sometimes frustrating time.
Warrior Adventure Quest programs were established by Geren to assist soldiers as they transition to their home environments when they return from combat zones.
He also ensured that traditional programs, such as the Army Family Action Plan and Family Support Readiness Groups not only flourished, but were re-energized while receiving additional resources.
In order to fully recognize the many accomplishments of the Army’s noncommissioned officers he, in coordination with the Army chief of staff, Gen. George W. Casey Jr., and Sgt. Maj. of the Army Kenneth O. Preston, designated 2009 as the "Year of the NCO."
This year culminated with internal and external Army programs, events, and recognitions that singled out these men and women as the "Backbone of the Army."
"Secretary Pete Geren’s unparalleled accomplishments during a time of war and transition – with emphasis on his initiatives to focus the Army and the civilian community on the soldier-warrior, spouses and families – are truly deserving of the Marshall Medal and we at AUSA are proud to recognize him in this way," Sullivan said.