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AUSA Announces 2015 National Award Recipients

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Monday, August 17, 2015

The Association of the United States Army has announced the recipients of the 2015 National Awards. The awards will be presented during AUSA’s Annual Meeting and Exposition, set for Oct. 12-14 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

The recipients are as follows:

The Gary Sinise Foundation: National Service Award, for exemplary service and demonstrated enduring support to the American soldier and the U.S. Army community.

Retired Army Gen. William F. Kernan: General Creighton W. Abrams Medal, for exceptional service to the U.S. Army.

Felicia Campbell, vice president of communications for AUSA’s Greater Los Angeles Chapter: Major General Anthony J. Drexel Biddle Medal, for outstanding contributions to AUSA.

Sgt. Maj. David G. Martinez: Sergeant Major of the Army William G. Bainbridge Medal, awarded to a noncommissioned officer—active, Army National Guard, Army Reserve or retired—who has contributed the most to the noncommissioned officer corps.

Wes Bush, chairman, CEO and president of Northrop Grumman Corp.: John W. Dixon Award, presented to a member of the industrial community who has made significant contributions to national defense.

Retired Brig. Gen. James P. Combs: Lieutenant General Raymond S. McLain Medal, awarded to a serving or former member of the U.S. Army National Guard who has contributed the most to the advancement of a seamless and component-integrated Army.

Retired Maj. Gen. James M. Collins Jr.: Major General James Earl Rudder Medal, awarded to a serving or former member of the U.S. Army Reserve who has contributed the most to the advancement of a seamless and component-integrated Army.

The family of Sgt. Blagoy Pogoncheff, Joint Base Lewis-McChord: Volunteer Family of the Year Award, for volunteer efforts to promote the well-being of soldiers and their families.

Annette Lozen, Logistics Management Specialist for the Integrated Logistics Support Center, U.S. Army TACOM Life Cycle Management Command: Joseph P. Cribbins Medal, presented to a current or recently retired Department of the Army civilian of any component in recognition of exemplary service to the U.S. Army, and significant contributions to AUSA and the local community.

As previously announced, the George Catlett Marshall Medal, AUSA’s highest award, will be presented to former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta.