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Each year, the Association of the United States Army presents its prestigious National Awards to individuals who, in various capacities, have served the Army and the Association with distinction.  

AUSA National Awards

General George Catlett Marshall Medal

The GEORGE CATLETT MARSHALL MEDAL is awarded annually for selfless service to the United States of America.  This implies service in more than one area or under extraordinary circumstances.  For example, when a military figure is considered for the Award, it will not be awarded only for military service unless such distinguished service was performed under extraordinary circumstances.  Total service should normally include public service after military retirement or separation from military service.  The word "public" may include civilian assignments in government, or service with nonprofit organizations, or leadership in patriotic movements, or like activities.  Additionally, the recipient should be known nationally and must agree to be present at the Marshall Dinner to receive the Award.  Normally, currently-serving elected and appointed government officials are not eligible.  Ideally the last service should be reasonably current.  The award was established in 1960.

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General Creighton W. Abrams Medal

The GENERAL CREIGHTON W. ABRAMS MEDAL is awarded annually to the individual, not necessarily a member of AUSA, or organization contributing most to the advancement of the United States Army during the period ending each 30 June.  Award will not be made to a nominee whose only contribution was incident to his/her assigned duties as a uniformed member or as a civilian employee of the Army.  Award may be made to a uniformed nominee whose contribution to the U.S. Army is significant and above and beyond the outstanding performance normally associated with his/her assigned duties.  Originally known as the President's Medal for Service to the U.S. Army, it was renamed in honor of General Abrams in 1975.

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Major General Anthony J. Drexel Biddle Medal

The MAJOR GENERAL ANTHONY J. DREXEL BIDDLE MEDAL, was originally named the President’s Medal for service to the Association of the United States Army and later, the Biddle Medal.  It was renamed the President’s Medal once again in 1984.  Renamed the Biddle Medal again in 1999, it is awarded annually to the individual who has contributed most significantly to the advancement and mission of the Association of the U.S. Army during the period ending 30 June of each year.  Normally the recipient would be a member of the Association but this is not a requirement.

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Sergeant Major of the Army William G. Bainbridge Medal

The SERGEANT MAJOR OF THE ARMY WILLIAM G. BAINBRIDGE MEDAL was established in 2000 and 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.

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Major General James Earl Rudder Medal

The MAJOR GENERAL JAMES EARL RUDDER MEDAL was established in 1999 and 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.

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Lieutenant General Raymond S. McLain Medal

The LIEUTENANT GENERAL RAYMOND S. McLAIN MEDAL was established in 1999 and is awarded annually to a serving or former member of the United States National Guard who has contributed most to the advancement of the Association’s goal of a seamless and component-integrated Army.

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Joseph P. Cribbins Medal

Formerly the AUSA Department of the Army Civilian of the Year Award, the JOSEPH P. CRIBBINS MEDAL was established in 2008 as the AUSA Department of the Army Civilian of the Year Award. Renamed in 2010 as the Joseph P. Cribbins Medal it 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.

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John W. Dixon Award

The JOHN W. DIXON AWARD was established in 1989 and is presented annually for distinguished service in the industrial community resulting in outstanding contributions to national defense.

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AUSA National Service Award

The AUSA NATIONAL SERVICE AWARD, established in 2013, is presented annually to an organization in recognition of exemplary service and enduring support to the American Soldier and the United States Army community.

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Northrop Grumman Corporation AUSA Volunteer Family of the Year Award

The VOLUNTEER FAMILY OF THE YEAR AWARD is presented annually to an outstanding family in recognition of its volunteer efforts to promote the well-being of Soldiers and their family members.  Recipient may be Active duty, Army civilian, or from the Army Reserve Component.  This award was established in 2002 as a joint venture of Rubbermaid Group and the Association of the United States Army and is formally referred to as the AUSA Rubbermaid Volunteer Family of the Year Award.

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2016 AUSA NATIONAL AWARDS Winners

General George Catlett Marshall Medal

Retired Army Gen. Gordon R. Sullivan

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.

General Creighton W. Abrams Medal

Retired Army Lt. Gen. Claude M. “Mick” Kicklighter

Retired Army Lt. Gen. Claude M. “Mick” Kicklighter will received the General Creighton W. Abrams Medal for contributing to the advancement of the U.S. Army. A Vietnam veteran who began his Army career as an enlisted soldier and was later commissioned, Kicklighter served nearly 36 years before his 1991 retirement and then launched a second career as federal worker, serving in the Army, DoD and State Department.

Major General Anthony J. Drexel Biddle Medal

Karen R. Lowe

Karen R. Lowe, a longtime member of AUSA’s George Washington Chapter, will receive the Major General Anthony J. Drexel Biddle Medal for contributing the most to the advancement and mission of AUSA. Lowe, corporate director for Army C3 Programs for Northrop Grumman Corp., has held many positions in the George Washington Chapter and has undertaken myriad initiatives to benefit soldiers and their families. She also has been a member of AUSA’s advisory board of directors since 1999.

Sergeant Major of the Army William G. Bainbridge Medal

Retired Army Command Sgt. Maj. Jimmie W. Spencer

Retired Army Command Sgt. Maj. Jimmie W. Spencer will receive the Sergeant Major of the Army William G. Bainbridge Medal for being the noncommissioned officer who has contributed the most to the Army NCO Corps. Spencer, who served 32 years in the Army before his 1993 retirement, served in the 3rd and 7th Special Forces Groups, the 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, and as a senior reserve officer training corps instructor at Wofford College, S.C. He also was a command sergeant major in seven key positions, culminating in his assignment at the Army Special Operations Command.  Spencer joined AUSA as director of NCO and soldier programs after his Army retirement, and then retired from AUSA in 2013. He is now a consultant to the DoD’s Vietnam War Commemoration program.

Lieutenant General Raymond S. McLain Medal

Retired Maj. Gen. R. Martin Umbarger

Retired Maj. Gen. R. Martin Umbarger, former adjutant general of the Indiana National Guard, will receive the Lieutenant General Raymond S. McLain Medal for outstanding contributions to the advancement of a seamless Total Army. Umbarger enlisted in the National Guard in 1969 and was commissioned as an infantry officer in June 1971 after graduating from the Indiana Military Academy as a distinguished military graduate. He retired in May after 45 years of service. Before becoming Indiana’s adjutant general, Umbarger’s previous assignments included serving as the U.S. Forces Command’s deputy commanding general for reserve components, assistant division commander for training of the 38th Infantry Division (Mechanized” and commanding general of the 76th Infantry Brigade (Separate). He is a former member of the Army’s Reserve Forces Policy Committee and the Defense Department’s Reserve Forces Policy Board.

Major General James Earl Rudder Medal

Retired Army Lt. Gen. Jeffrey W. Talley

Retired Army Lt. Gen. Jeffrey W. Talley, who stepped down in June as Army Reserve chief, will receive the Major General James Early Rudder Medal for his advancement of a seamless Total Army.  An Army Corps of Engineers officer, he served more than 30 years in active and reserve units, commanding at every level from platoon to a division. He deployed to Kuwait in 2003 and Iraq in 2008, and was 84th Training Command commanding general at Fort Knox, Ky., from 2009 to 2012. In his last assignment as the 32nd Army reserve and seventh Army Reserve Command commanding general, he oversaw over a global force of more than 215,0000 soldiers and civilians, more than 1,100 reserve and training centers, six installations, and equipment inventory valued at more than $39 billion.

Joseph P. Cribbins Medal

Lettie M. Williams

Lettie M. Williams , civilian director of the 1st Armored Division and Fort Bliss Joint Visitors Bureau, will receive the Joseph P. Cribbins Award as Department of the Army Civilian of the Year. A former Blackhawk pilot who served with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), she oversees planning, coordination, security and execution of all levels of distinguished guest visits to Fort Bliss.  Under her leadership, her team implements over 150 events a year, ranging in size up to the Network Integration Evaluation, a semiannual, two-week long evaluation of equipment including participation from joint, interagency, multinational and industry partners—with over a hundred distinguished visitors.  Williams coordinates a number of events to enhance ties with the El Paso community as well as the Omar Bradley Chapter of AUSA, and also serves as a mentor and volunteer with special interest in helping soldiers.

John W. Dixon Medal

Marillyn Hewson

Marillyn Hewson, the chairman, president and CEO of Lockheed Martin, will receive the John W. Dixon Award for outstanding contributions to national defense by a member of industry. She has worked for more than 30 years for Lockheed Martin, serving in several key positions. Under her leadership, Lockheed Martin committed to spending $25 million over five years on programs to support service members, veterans, military families and caregivers. The company also donated $10 million to military museums, including the campaign for the National Museum of the United States Army.

Northrop Grumman Corporation AUSA Volunteer Family of the Year Award

The MAJ Craig Young Family

Maj. Craig Young and his wife, Lisa, will be named AUSA Volunteer Family of the Year, an award given for outstanding efforts to promote the well-being of soldiers and families.  The Youngs and their three children—Zachary, Abigail and Benjamin— live in Weisbaden, Germany, where they’ve been active in the military community since their arrival in 2011, especially with Boy Scout and Girl Scout organizations.

AUSA National Service Award

Honor Flight Network

The National Service Award for support for the American soldier and Total Army will go to Honor Flight Network, an organization started in 2004 to transport veterans to Washington, D.C., to visit the World War II Memorial on the National Mall. The program started with pilot Earl Morse flying a patient from a VA clinic from Springfield, Ohio, to D.C., and has grown into a larger organization transporting veterans on commercial airlines. Today, the Honor Flight Network has 130 hubs located in 44 states, and has transported more than 150,000 veterans to see the memorial.