General Charles R. Holland, USAF (RET), Wins this Year's R. Lynn Rylander Award for Service to His Country

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NDIA's highest honor to be presented at Awards Banquet during its 23rd Annual SO/LIC Symposium & Exhibition: "The New World Dynamic: The Changing Roles of Special Operations, General Purpose Forces, and the Interagency" in Washington, D.C.

"Selfless service, devotion to duty, supreme courage, and dedication to the defense of our nation."

The Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict (SO/LIC) Division of the National Defense Industry Association (NDIA) is pleased to announce General Charles R. Holland, USAF (Ret) as this year’s winner of the R. Lynn Rylander Award.

Named for one of the earliest fathers of our nation’s current Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict capabilities, the award is the highest honor which can be bestowed by the SO/LIC Division, and is given in recognition of significant and lasting contributions to the SO/LIC Community and in support of the SO/LIC Division.

The award will be presented to General Holland at the Awards Banquet on the evening of Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, DC. The dinner takes place during NDIA’s 23rd Annual SO/LIC Symposium & Exhibition, scheduled for February 6-8, 2011.

General Holland has made outstanding contributions to the Special Operations Community, the Department of Defense, and the United States throughout his distinguished military career. Commanding special operations forces at all levels during war and peace, he was at the forefront of integrating special operations capabilities and training within the Air Force, the joint community, and with global allies to support national security objectives and to defend our way of life against the scourge of global terrorism.

Since his retirement from the Air Force in 2003, General Holland has remained faithful to his core values and continues to support the goals and objectives of our nation’s SOF through his time, mentorship, and support of special operations organizations such as the SOF Warrior Foundation and NDIA’s SO/LIC and Stability, Security, Transition & Reconstruction Divisions. His extraordinary performance exemplifies the best characteristics of our Special Operations Community with selfless service, devotion to duty, supreme courage, and dedication to the defense of our nation.

The R. Lynn Rylander Award, along with the DeProspero Lifetime Achievement Award as well as individual Achievement Awards recognizing superb military and civilian performers from across the S/O and LIC Communities, will be presented at the aforementioned Awards Banquet. For more information on the event, please visit the symposium website at:

The National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) is America's leading Defense Industry association promoting national security. NDIA is proud to provide a legal and ethical forum for the exchange of information between Industry and Government on National Security issues. Our members foster the development of the most innovative and superior equipment, training, and support for the warfighters and first responders represented by our Divisions.


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