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.”

Guard Pilots, Crew Honored for Wildfire Rescues

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Guard Pilots, Crew Honored for Wildfire Rescues

Seven aviators and crew with the California Army National Guard were awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for rescuing hundreds of people trapped by rapidly spreading wildfires over Labor Day weekend.

Flying UH-60 Black Hawk and CH-47 Chinook helicopters into areas of the Sierra National Forest that were engulfed in a firestorm of heat, smoke, wind and flames, the soldiers with the 40th Combat Aviation Brigade flew multiple missions in treacherous conditions between Sept. 5–8, lifting to safety 396 people and 27 animals.

AUSA Announces National Award Winners

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AUSA Announces National Award Winners

The Association of the U.S. Army has announced the recipients of its 2020 National Awards, which 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.”

AUSA Honors Army Families With 2020 Marshall Medal

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AUSA Honors Army Families With 2020 Marshall Medal

The Association of the U.S. Army's highest honor for distinguished and selfless service is being awarded this year to The Army Family, which includes spouses, parents, siblings, children and the loved ones of American soldiers.

It is not the first time the George Catlett Marshall Medal has gone to a group instead of a person. In 2004, the Marshall Medal was awarded to The American Soldier.

AUSA, Army Well Represented on Wash100 List

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AUSA, Army Well Represented on Wash100 List

The “Wash100” list of influential executives in Washington, D.C., includes two members of the Association of the U.S. Army’s Board of Directors, three Army generals and the secretaries of the Army and defense.

Wash100 is a list 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 seventh year for the awards.

AUSA Chairman of the Board Phebe Novakovic makes the Wash100 list for the sixth time. She is General Dynamics’ chairman and CEO.

NCO Accepts Award on Behalf of Military Musicians

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NCO Accepts Award on Behalf of Military Musicians

Barely 15 months after joining the Army to play guitar in The U.S. Army Band, Staff Sgt. Jan Knutson stood before President Donald Trump at the White House and received the National Medal of Arts on behalf of U.S. military musicians around the world.

Knutson, 21, stood shoulder-to-shoulder with recording artist Alison Krauss, actor Jon Voight, author James Patterson and celebrity chef Patrick O’Connell, among others, who were honored at the Nov. 21 ceremony for their contributions to the arts and humanities in the first such ceremony held by Trump since he took office in 2017.

AUSA Community Partner Wins DoD Award

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AUSA Community Partner Wins DoD Award

A Colorado-based community partner of the Association of the U.S. Army is one of 15 businesses recognized by the Defense Department for support of National Guard and reserve members.

Delta Solutions & Strategies, LLC, a Colorado Springs company providing technical assistance, engineering support and consulting and adviser services for electronic, space and missile systems, received a 2019 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award during an Aug. 23 ceremony.

AUSA Names 2019 Best Chapter Winners

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AUSA Names 2019 Best Chapter Winners

The Association of the U.S. Army has announced its six “Best Chapter” winners for 2019 based on their achievement and success in growing membership, hosting events, raising money for scholarships and other programs, and supporting units and recruiters.

The awards will be presented in October at AUSA’s Annual Meeting and Exposition in Washington, D.C.

The awards are calculated in six groups, with five based on chapter size and one for the best overseas chapter.

AUSA Announces National Award Winners

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AUSA Announces National Award Winners

The Association of the U.S. Army has announced the recipients of its 2019 National Awards, which will be presented in October during AUSA’s Annual Meeting and Exposition at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

General Creighton W. Abrams Medal

The General Creighton W. Abrams Medal for exceptional service to the U.S. Army will be awarded to Elaine Rogers, the president and CEO of the USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore. Rogers has worked for the USO since 1976 and has been president of USO-Metro for 42 years.