McLean, VA (PRWEB) April 30, 2012
The National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) is pleased to announce it will be presenting the 2012 Dwight D. Eisenhower Award on May 31, 2012 in McLean, VA, to U.S. Representative Howard P. "Buck" McKeon (25th District-California).
A public servant for many years, Rep. McKeon, Chairman of the House Committee on Armed Services, is a champion of a strong national defense and the men and women of our Armed Forces. He was chosen as this year's award recipient based on his longstanding commitment to a well-equipped military, to a robust defense industrial base and as a way to honor America’s warfighters and veterans.
Rep. McKeon was selected by his peers to serve as Chairman of the House Committee on Armed Services in the 112th Congress. He has fought to strengthen our military and to invest in a force postured to meet the challenges of the 21st Century, while working to provide the necessary resources for America's sons and daughters in Afghanistan and Iraq. He led efforts to boost funding for missile defense and to restore the tradition of passing defense authorization bills devoid of controversial social items.
Missile defense, the F-22, lighter-weight body armor, and mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicles are among the programs his work has bolstered. While serving on the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, he headed the House Subcommittee on 21st Century Competitiveness and examined issues such as higher education, technology in education, teacher training, and job training, thus planting seeds for future science-based careers and manufacturing. As founder of the Congressional Unmanned Systems Caucus, Rep. McKeon has helped educate Members of Congress, government officials, and the public about the strategic, tactical, and scientific value of robotics, which has played an increasingly important role in the Global War on Terrorism.
Our warfighters have continued to receive the support they need and deserve in large part because Rep. McKeon has helped to bridge the gap between industry and military leaders. Veterans have benefitted from his service because he has fostered programs for counseling, vocational training and college education.
About the Dwight D. Eisenhower Award:
The Dwight D. Eisenhower Award is NDIA's most prestigious Award and is accompanied by the Eisenhower Medal. The Award is named in honor of President Dwight D. Eisenhower and serves to recognize his support for and contribution to a strong national security and robust defense industrial base both as President and as General of the U.S. Army. The Eisenhower Award and Medal recognize leadership and strategic impact at the highest levels of National Security. The Eisenhower Award is bestowed annually on an individual who best reflects President Eisenhower's beliefs and support for a strong national security and industrial base.
The awardees will meet the following criteria:
The National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) is America’s leading Defense Industry association promoting national security. NDIA provides a legal and ethical forum for the exchange of information between Industry and Government on National Security issues. NDIA members foster the development of the most innovative and superior equipment, training and support for warfighters and first responders through our divisions, local chapters, affiliated associations and events.