Association of the United States Army

Awards

An Overview

The GEORGE CATLETT MARSHALL MEDAL is awarded annually for selfless service to the United States of America. This implies service in more than one area or under extraordinary circumstances. For example, when a military figure is considered for the Award, it will not be awarded only for military service unless such distinguished service was performed under extraordinary circumstances. Total service should normally include public service after military retirement or separation from military service. The word "public" may include civilian assignments in government, or service with nonprofit organizations, or leadership in patriotic movements, or like activities. Additionally, the recipient should be known nationally and must agree to be present at the Marshall Dinner to receive the Award. Normally, currently-serving elected and appointed government officials are not eligible. Ideally the last service should be reasonably current. The award was established in 1960.

The GENERAL CREIGHTON W. ABRAMS MEDAL is awarded annually to the individual, not necessarily a member of AUSA, or organization contributing most to the advancement of the United States Army during the period ending each 30 June. Award will not be made to a nominee whose only contribution was incident to his/her assigned duties as a uniformed member or as a civilian employee of the Army. Award may be made to a uniformed nominee whose contribution to the U.S. Army is significant and above and beyond the outstanding performance normally associated with his/her assigned duties. Originally known as the President's Medal for Service to the U.S. Army, it was renamed in honor of General Abrams in 1975.

The MAJOR GENERAL ANTHONY J. DREXEL BIDDLE MEDAL was originally named the President's Medal for service to the Association of the United States Army and later, the Biddle Medal. It was renamed the President's Medal once again in 1984. Renamed the Biddle Medal again in 1999, it is awarded annually to the individual who has contributed most significantly to the advancement and mission of the Association of the U.S. Army during the period ending 30 June of each year. Normally the recipient would be a member of the Association but this is not a requirement.

The JOHN W. DIXON AWARD was established in 1989 and is presented annually for distinguished service in the industrial community resulting in outstanding contributions to national defense.

The SERGEANT MAJOR OF THE ARMY WILLIAM G. BAINBRIDGE MEDAL was established in 2000 and is awarded annually to a noncommissioned officer - Active, Army National Guard, Army Reserve or Retired - contributing most to the United States Army Noncommissioned Officer Corps.

The LIEUTENANT GENERAL RAYMOND S. McLAIN MEDAL was established in 1999 and is awarded annually to a serving or former member of the United States National Guard who has contributed most to the advancement of the Association's goal of a seamless and component-integrated Army.

The MAJOR GENERAL JAMES EARL RUDDER MEDAL was established in 1999 and is awarded annually to a serving or former member of the United States Army Reserve who has contributed most to the advancement of the Association's goal of a seamless and component-integrated Army.

The AUSA VOLUNTEER FAMILY OF THE YEAR AWARD is presented annually to an outstanding family in recognition of its volunteer efforts to promote the well-being of Soldiers and their family members. Recipient may be Active duty, Army civilian, or from the Army Reserve Component. This award was established in 2002 as a joint venture of Rubbermaid Group and the Association of the United States Army and is formally referred to as the AUSA Rubbermaid Volunteer Family of the Year Award.

The JOSEPH P. CRIBBINS MEDAL was established in 2008 as the AUSA Department of the Army Civilian of the Year Award. Renamed in 2010 as the Joseph P. Cribbins Medal it is presented annually to a current or recently retired Department of the Army Civilian of any component in recognition of their exemplary service to the U. S. Army, significant contributions to AUSA and the local community.

The AWARD FOR DISTINGUISHED SERVICE is awarded for significant contributions to the United States Army or the Association of the United States Army and may be presented to individuals holding elective/appointive office.

The CITATION FOR EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE is a public service award presented to individuals, organizations or communities making significant contributions to AUSA, the U.S. Army or to national defense.

The CERTIFICATE OF APPRECIATION is awarded for outstanding contributions through service to the Association of the United States Army or the United States Army.

The CERTIFICATE OF ACHIEVEMENT is awarded for outstanding accomplishments and service to the United States Army or the Association of the United States Army.