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Missouri National Guard represented at Patriot Award ceremony

  

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Missouri was represented well at the American Patriot Award gala hosted by the National Defense University (NDU) Foundation in Washington, D.C.. last night as Missourians Technical Sergeant Angie Johnson and NDU Foundation CEO Cathleen Pearl come together to honor the National Guard.  Both Technical Sgt. Johnson and Pearl are former Missouri Guardswomen.

Gov. Jay Nixon was unable to attend as originally planned and sent a video message to ceremony attendees. The video message pays special tribute to the Missouri National Guard, with examples of their service, and also talks about how, as a member of the Counsel of Governors (which addresses National Guard and homeland security issues), he has witnessed firsthand the heroism of our Guardsmen and women both at home and abroad.

Army Gen. Frank Grass, Chief, National Guard Bureau and former Missouri National Guardsman, receives the American Patriot Award on behalf of the National Guard from former Missouri Guardswoman Cathleen Pearl, President and Chief Executive Officer, National Defense University Foundation and Albert Zimmerman, chairman of the National Defense University Foundation Board of Directors, Washington, D.C.  Grass, along with Air Force Lt. Gen. Joseph L. Lengyel, and Chief Master Sgt. Mitch Brush, senior enlisted advisor to the chief, National Guard Bureau were presented the award which recognizes exceptional leaders who dedicate their lives to enhancing human security and global stability. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. David Eichaker/released)
Army Gen. Frank Grass, Chief, National Guard Bureau and former Missouri National Guardsman, receives the American Patriot Award on behalf of the National Guard from former Missouri Guardswoman Cathleen Pearl, President and Chief Executive Officer, National Defense University Foundation and Albert Zimmerman, chairman of the National Defense University Foundation Board of Directors, Washington, D.C. Grass, along with Air Force Lt. Gen. Joseph L. Lengyel, and Chief Master Sgt. Mitch Brush, senior enlisted advisor to the chief, National Guard Bureau were presented the award which recognizes exceptional leaders who dedicate their lives to enhancing human security and global stability. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. David Eichaker/released)

Sgt. Johnson, former member of the Missouri Air National Guard (ANG) band, belted out a special song. Johnson performed at the World Series in Kansas City.

Pearl, who served six years of active duty with the Missouri ANG at Jefferson Barracks, presided over 500 top brass attending the prestigious event.

General Frank J. Grass, Chief of the National Guard Bureau, accepted the award on behalf of the U.S. National Guard, served in the Missouri Guard and hails from Jefferson County, attending Fox High School.

“The men and women of the National Guard are the embodiment of service, versatility, and patriotism, well deserving of joining the outstanding group of Americans who have been honored with the American Patriot Award, our very highest recognition,” said Al Zimmerman, chairman, NDU Foundation Board of Directors.  “It is especially fitting that the NDU Foundation honors Guardsmen, since more than 250 attend the National Defense University annually, where they polish their skills as leaders in building and maintaining our nation’s security.”

The award annually recognizes leaders who have strengthened the nation’s strategic interests and advanced global security. More than 500 guests, including administration officials, members of Congress, senior military and diplomatic officers, and corporate and community leaders attended.

Past American Patriot Award honorees include: President George H.W. Bush, Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton, Dr. Robert Gates, The Honorable Henry Kissinger, Senators John McCain and Joe Lieberman, General Colin Powell, and Admiral William McRaven on behalf of the troops of United States Special Operations Command.

Support of the American Patriot Award gala benefits National Defense University (NDU), America’s pre-eminent educational institution for the study of national and international security.  Humana, headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, was the presenting sponsor.

For additional information regarding the National Defense University Foundation, visit http://www.ndufoundation.org.