Sullivan will receive AUSA's George Catlett Marshall Medal

Sullivan will receive AUSA's George Catlett Marshall Medal

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

The highest award of the Association of the U.S. Army, the George Catlett Marshall Medal, will be presented this October to retired Army Gen. Gordon R. Sullivan for his lifetime of selfless service to the United States of America.

Gen. Gordon R. Sullivan, USA, Ret., the 32nd Army chief of staff and past president and CEO of AUSA, speaks during the opening ceremony of the 2015 AUSA Annual Meeting and Exposition in Washington, D.C.

AUSA President and CEO Gen. Carter F. Ham, USA, Ret., said July 1, “It is my distinct privilege to announce in my very first statement as AUSA president that General Sullivan is receiving our highest award. I can think of no one more deserving of this honor, which recognizes distinguished lifetime service to our nation.”

Adding, “Through his 36 years of service in the Army and his more than 18 years heading the Association of the U.S. Army, General Sullivan has been deeply devoted to his beloved Army and to the betterment of our nation.”

The award will be presented by AUSA’s Council of Trustees on Oct. 5 at the Marshall Dinner on the final day of the AUSA Annual Meeting and Exposition.

“In his almost six decades of service, General Sullivan has shown integrity, leadership and compassion for those with whom he worked, all attributes of General of the Army George C. Marshall,” Ham said.

“Both General Marshall and General Sullivan served as Army chief of staff at critical times, when the Army was under great pressure, when being a strong leader with a clear vision was vital.”

The George Catlett Marshall Medal has been awarded by AUSA since 1960. Past recipients include Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower, Gerald R. Ford and George H.W. Bush; General of the Army Omar N. Bradley; and retired Army Generals Lyman L. Lemnitzer, Colin L. Powell, Bernard W. Rogers, Maxwell D. Taylor and John W. Vessey Jr.

Other recipients include two former defense secretaries who also served as directors of Central Intelligence, Leon E. Panetta and Dr. Robert M. Gates, Duke University head basketball coach and U.S. Military Academy graduate Michael W. Krzyzewski, Fisher House Foundation chairman and CEO Kenneth Fisher and comedian Bob Hope.