The most decorated and decorated service members of the past year have joined the ranks of the 2016 American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) National Retirees for the Annual Retiree Service Awards Ceremony at the White House.
The winners of the prestigious awards ceremony, which honor the achievements and sacrifices of members of America’s military in the field, will be announced Monday.
The event was held in Washington, D.C., on the eve of the annual American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) annual meeting.
The awardees will receive a Certificate of Honor, while the recipients of the Medal of Honor will receive an AARP-certified ribbon.
The AARP is the nation’s largest retired-service organization.
In 2016, the organization was named one of the top retired-military organizations by the New York Times.
The ceremony, called the AARP Retireees for the Next Decade Awards, will also honor the service members who have made significant contributions to the military, such as those who served on the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who were awarded the Distinguished Service Medal.
The 2017 recipients of these awards are Lt.
Gen. Michael K. McConnell, the Commandant of the Army, Lt.
General Robert J. Doolittle, the Commander of the Air Force, Gen. Mark L. Milley, who was the Army Chief of Staff and a senior official in the National Security Council, Gen, David H. Petraeus, the commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, and Gen. Anthony W. Nagata, the U.K. Army chief of staff.
“These awards honor the courage and dedication of the American people who have served our nation and their incredible contributions to our nation’s defense,” said AARP President and CEO Richard J. Fisher.
“We are proud to celebrate the incredible work and dedication these men and women have shown in service to our country and to our communities.”
The awardees who have earned the AAPRA’s Distinguished Achievement Award include Lt.
Col. Christopher M. O’Brien, commander of the United States Air Force (USAF), and Lt.
Maj. James C. St. James, commander, U.E.C.R. The U. S. Air Force will also receive the AASPAA Medal of Merit for services to the U,S.
Airforce and the US.
Navy during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
“I am honored to be part of the ceremony,” said Brig. Gen.(ret.)
John E. Smith, the commanding general of UAF.
“I am very proud to be a part of this historic occasion and to serve with my fellow veterans.”
The U.N. World War II veteran who led U.F.L. and led the raid on the Japanese naval base at Iwo Jima was honored with the AAPIRA Medal of Achievement.
The AAPIra is the award given to the nation that has the most “unique contributions to national security,” according to the AAMA.
“This is a proud moment for me to join the AHA in honoring the remarkable people and actions of the service and veteran community,” said former U.H.W.S.(ret) Lt.
Michael A. Pfleger.
“Our service members, our families, and the veterans who have been part of our lives since we were children are a part.
I will never forget that day.
The courage and sacrifices our soldiers and veterans have made for our nation, our freedom and our country, and our freedom in the face of death and destruction are unmatched.””
The dedication of our service members and veterans is unmatched,” said Cmdl.
James L. Smith III, UH-60.
“Their sacrifice is what makes America great.
We will not forget them.
They deserve to be honored and recognized.”
The AAPra is awarded to the recipient of an award of distinction or recognition from the AACA or AASPA, or the recipient’s representative, upon completion of honorable service and the achievement of high individual and collective achievements.
The Medal of Valor is awarded in recognition of individual, group, or unit accomplishments that are the direct or indirect result of the achievement or the continuation of an active or ongoing duty assignment or program of national defense.
For more information on the AOA, visit www.aopa.org