Dr. Robert M. Gates, a former secretary of defense and director of the Central Intelligence Agency, and the current chancellor of the College of William and Mary, will receive the 2013 George Catlett Marshall Medal, the highest award presented by the Association of the United States Army.

Awarded annually to an individual who has exhibited selfless service to the United States of America, the medal will be presented to Gates by the Association’s Council of Trustees to recognize his contributions to the United States as a cabinet member, educator, presidential adviser and a strong supporter of national defense and the men and women of the armed forces and their families.

“His service exemplifies his unique and patriotic commitment to the highest American ideals of freedom, liberty and democracy,” an AUSA official said.

The award presentation will take place Oct. 23 at the George Catlett Marshall Memorial Dinner, the final event of the three-day AUSA Annual Meeting and Exposition held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington.

“As an exceptional patriot, who served his country during our nation’s most volatile, challenging, complex and turbulent times — including the Global War on Terrorism and an era of constrained financial resources — Secretary Gates, as the twenty-second defense secretary and the fifteenth CIA director – displayed extraordinary and singular abilities, including uncommon dedication, diplomacy and strategic and tactical expertise,” AUSA President Gen. Gordon R. Sullivan, USA, Ret., said.

Adding, “As the first secretary of defense to be appointed to that cabinet post by two presidents of different political parties – George W. Bush and Barack Obama – he exemplified the best of public service and sacrifice to the nation.”

Sullivan also […]