Three recipients of the Association of the United Sates Army’s Gen. George Catlett Marshall Medal will play pivotal roles in the areas of foreign policy, national defense and national security as key members of the Bush administration.
Vice President Richard B. Cheney, Secretary of State Gen. Colin L. Powell, USA, Ret., and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld were awarded the Association’s highest award for their "selfless service to the United States of America."
Rumsfeld, who received the medal in 1984, served as a naval aviator before entering both the legislative and executive branches of government.
Following his service as a three-term congressman from Illinois, he served at various times as the director of the Office of Equal Opportunity, assistant to the president, counselor to the president, director of the Economic Stabilization Program and ambassador to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
In 1974, President Gerald Ford appointed Rumsfeld as the White House chief of staff, and the following year he was confirmed as the 13th secretary if defense.
The medal's citation read, in part, "Mr. Rumsfeld's duties have been performed with dedication and devotion. ... (His answer to his country's call) is indicative of his dedication to the principle of public service as the highest form of patriotic citizenship."