Brent Scowcroft to Receive Marshall Medal

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The Association of the U.S. Army has selected Lt. Gen. Brent Scowcroft, U.S. Air Force retired, to receive this year's George Catlett Marshall Medal, the association's highest honor. It will be presented at the George Catlett Marshall Dinner at AUSA's Annual Meeting in October.

The retired Air Force general and national security advisor to two presidents was selected for the award for his quiet yet passionate defense of American interests and his unending contributions to the nation.

As the National security Advisor for the Ford Administration, Gen. Scowcroft succeeded Dr. Henry Kissinger, who had been serving as both Advisor and Secretary of State. He served again as National Security Advisor to President George H. Bush, advising the President on events through the end of the Cold War, the collapse of the Soviet Union and the Persian Gulf War. During his tenure with President Bush he was awarded the National Medal of Freedom in 1991 and, two years later, was made an honorary knight of the British Empire.

Gen. Scowcroft was born in Ogden, Utah. After graduating from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1947, he received his commission in the Army Air Corps. He graduated from pilot training in October 1948 and served in a number of administrative positions until 1953 when he began teaching Russian history as an assistant professor at West Point. In 1957 he entered the Strategic Intelligence School in Washington, D.C.

In 1959 Gen. Scowcroft became the assistant air attache in the American Embassy in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, where he served for two years. He returned to the United States to attend the Armed Forces Staff College before transferring to the U.S. Air Force Academy where he taught and served as acting head of the Political Science Department. In 1964 he was assigned to the Long Range Planning Division, Directorate of Doctrine, Concepts and Objectives at the Air Force Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, Plans and Operations.

After attending the National War College in 1966, Gen. Scowcroft served in the Western Hemisphere Region of the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs. In 1969 he became the deputy assistant for national security matters in the Air Force's Directorate of Plans.

He first served in the White House as military assistant to President Richard M. Nixon in 1.972, with reassignment the next year as deputy assistant to the President for national security affairs. Between his service with the Ford and Bush administrations, he was the vice chairman of Kissinger Associates, an international consulting firm. …