Washington, DC (PRWEB) October 22, 2012
NDIA’s (National Defense Industrial Association) SO/LIC (Special Operations/Low-Intensity Conflict) Division is pleased to announce that it will present its highest awards, the R. Lynn Rylander Award and the DeProspero Lifetime Achievement Award, to Lieutenant General Dennis J. Hejlik, USMC (Ret) and General Stanley A. McChrystal, USA (Ret), respectively.
NDIA’s SO/LIC Division Chair, Mr. Samuel P. Morthland, and the Division membership will present the awards at its Annual Awards Banquet on January 29, 2013, which is being held in conjunction with the 24th Annual SO/LIC (Special Operations/Low Intensity Conflict) Symposium & Exhibition, January 28-30, 2013 in Washington, DC at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel.
Lieutenant General Dennis J. Hejlik, USMC (Ret) will receive the R. Lynn Rylander Award in recognition of his lifelong and significant contributions to our country, which included service in every major conflict starting with Vietnam. General Hejlik culminated his service with the successful integration of the U.S. Marine Corps into U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), to include serving as the first Commanding General of Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command (MARSOC).
The Award is named for R. Lynn Rylander, a Department of Defense civilian who was an early advocate and activist on the revitalization of Special Operations Forces and the organizational and legislative changes required to sustain them; and who was a founding member of the organization, which is now the SO/LIC Division of NDIA.
General Stanley A. McChrystal, USA (Ret) will receive the DeProspero Lifetime Achievement Award for his career of game-changing, forward leadership within the Special Operations community. As the Commanding General of Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) and later of the U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan, General McChrystal changed the paradigm under which Special Operations, as well as conventional forces, thought, trained and operated, and will for years to come.
The DeProspero Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes sustained, distinguished service of an individual who has made distinctive lifetime contributions with significant impact in the areas of Special Operations, Low Intensity Conflict, or Irregular Warfare. The Award is named for Colonel Albert A. DeProspero, a retired Army Special Forces Colonel who was a founding member and eventual Chairman of the NDIA SO/LIC Division, and a lifelong supporter of and advocate for the SO/LIC community.
The 24th Annual SO/LIC Symposium & Exhibition will examine how special operations capabilities could be tailored to counter existing and potential National Security challenges. Speakers will discuss how Special Operations Forces (SOF) can assist in building allied and partner nation capabilities. The symposium will also explore how SOF is addressing the change in focus from direct to indirect missions and the importance of interagency cooperation in this era of limited resources and fiscal constraints.
For further information on the awards dinner or the larger event, go to http://www.ndia.org/meetings/3880.
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