Units Recognized for Afghanistan Withdrawal Mission

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Units Recognized for Afghanistan Withdrawal Mission

Units involved in the withdrawal from Afghanistan will be recognized for their service, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin announced.

“At President Biden’s direction, all units involved in the retrograde operation from Afghanistan, Operation Allies Refuge and Operation Allies Welcome will be awarded the Meritorious Unit Commendation or its equivalent,” Austin said in a statement released Aug. 31.

AUSA Announces 2022 National Award Winners

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Ret. CSM Don Thomas recieves the 2021 Bainbridge award
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AUSA Announces 2022 National Award Winners

The Association of the U.S. Army has announced the recipients of its 2022 National Awards, which honor individuals for their selfless service and dedication to the Army and its soldiers.

“This year’s National Award recipients represent the very best of AUSA,” said retired Gen. Bob Brown, AUSA president and CEO. “Through their dedicated service and commitment, each of them has made a huge difference in the lives of others and in support of our Army and our nation, and I look forward to honoring them at our annual meeting in October.”

Elizabeth Dole Selected for 2022 Marshall Medal

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Elizabeth Dole
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Elizabeth Dole Selected for 2022 Marshall Medal

Elizabeth Dole, a former U.S. senator, two-time cabinet secretary, former leader of the American Red Cross and founder of a national organization that focuses on support for military families and caregivers, is the 2022 recipient of the Association of the U.S. Army’s highest award.

The George Catlett Marshall Medal, awarded for distinguished and selfless service, is presented annually during the association’s annual meeting and exposition in Washington, D.C.

Pioneering WWII Battalion to Receive Gold Medal

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6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion
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Pioneering WWII Battalion to Receive Gold Medal

Decades after their trailblazing service, members of the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion, the first and only all-female, all-Black American battalion to deploy overseas during World War II, will receive the Congressional Gold Medal.

The “Six Triple Eight” Congressional Gold Medal Act was signed into law March 14 by President Joe Biden after the legislation was passed by the Senate and House of Representatives. A date has not been announced for presentation of the award, which must be designed and struck by the U.S. Mint.

Army Names Annual Award for AUSA Director

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Army Names Annual Award for AUSA Director

Editor's note: This article has been updated to more accurately describe the award.

A new award recognizing Army dining facilities for nutritional excellence is named after one of the Association of the U.S. Army’s own.

NCO Honored for Superior Leadership During Pandemic

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NCO Honored for Superior Leadership During Pandemic

A combat medic stationed in Hawaii was honored Nov. 17 for her superior leadership throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Staff Sgt. Margot Gebers, who enlisted in 2016, is assigned to Tripler Army Medical Center at Schofield Barracks, where she ensures that units are medically ready to deploy or redeploy, works with the reserve component and processes incoming soldiers. 

She was honored at the Angels of the Battlefield Awards, an annual event hosted by the Armed Services YMCA.

World War I Soldier Honored 103 Years Later

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World War I Soldier Honored 103 Years Later

More than 100 years after 1st Lt. Thomas Beasley was killed in action in France, his family was presented with his Purple Heart and World War I campaign ribbon. 

Beasley, a member of the 5th Infantry Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, was fighting in the front-line trenches when he was killed Oct. 5, 1918, in the Argonne Forrest sector. He died just before his 23rd birthday, and his widow, who was pregnant at the time, only received a telegram informing the family of his death. 

AUSA Announces 2021 National Award Winners

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AUSA Announces 2021 National Award Winners

The Association of the U.S. Army has announced the recipients of its 2021 National Awards, which honor individuals for their selfless service and dedication to the Army and its soldiers.

AUSA Board Members Make ‘Wash100’ List

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AUSA Board Members Make ‘Wash100’ List

Two members of the Association of the U.S. Army’s Board of Directors have once again made the “Wash100” list of influential executives in Washington, D.C.

Also making this year’s list are Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Army Gen. Paul Nakasone, commander of the U.S. Cyber Command and director of the National Security Agency.

Wash100 is compiled by Executive Mosaic, an international leadership and media company based in Virginia, and then voted on to see who ranks at the top. This is the eighth year for the awards.

AUSA Honors 2020 National Award Winners

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AUSA Honors 2020 National Award Winners

The Association of the U.S. Army honored the recipients of its 2020 National Awards Oct. 13 during the opening ceremony of AUSA Now, the association’s virtual annual meeting.

The awards honor individuals for their selfless service and dedication to the Army and its soldiers.

“We at AUSA are really proud of this year’s National Award recipients,” said retired Gen. Carter Ham, AUSA president and CEO. “From a group of extraordinary nominees, we have selected recipients whose selfless service and unparallel accomplishments best exemplify the ideals we celebrate at AUSA.”