BENS Eisenhower Award
2014 DC Eisenhower Award Dinner
Nearly 400 BENS members and special guests celebrated the national security contributions made by two distinguished leaders and military personnel at the 2014 Eisenhower Award Dinner in Washington, DC on May 13. Attendees gathered at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center to honor Admiral Michael H. McRaven, USN, Commander, United States Special Operations Command and the Honorable Mike Rogers, Chairman, Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, United States House of Representatives. These two men were recognized for their innovative approach to addressing some of America’s most pressing national security challenges, and Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence Michael G. Vickers spoke at length on the two men's accomplishments.
The evening’s program ended on a poignant high note when General Norty Schwartz, President and CEO of BENS, reunited for the first time an Air Force pilot whose plane went down during 2011 military operations in Libya with the Marine airmen who rescued him, reminding guests of the incredible sacrifice and bravery displayed by our men and women who wear the uniform.
"Thank you for the work you're doing here at BENS. It is critically important. I know we use it at the Committee, the product in which you produce. And I know everyone in this room touches that product. Thank you for that and for your commitment to national security." - The Honorable Mike Rogers, in accepting the Eisenhower Award
"Today, everywhere I turn, BENS members are having an impact on the future of our Special Operations Forces. Through your interaction with SOF, BENS is leading the way in educating my leaders in the challenges they will face in regions in the world. You have expertise that we can never replicate. Expertise that is vital for our Special Operations' succcesses around the globe." - Admiral William H. McRaven, in accepting the Eisenhower Award
A full video of the ceremony is available here. To view a transcript of remarks made by The Honorable Mike Rogers, click here. To view a transcript of remarks made by Admiral William H. McRaven, click here.
2013 BENS NY Eisenhower Award Dinner
BENS members and special guests attended the annual New York Eisenhower Award Dinner at Pier Sixty (Chelsea Piers) on October 10. Surrounded by business industry leaders and other distinguished officials, attendees enjoyed cocktails and dinner overlooking the Hudson River, and came to honor two individuals: General Keith B. Alexander, Director, National Security Agency, Commander, US Cyber Command and Craig J. Mundie, Senior Advisor to the CEO of Microsoft Corp. Two Fisher House families were also recognized for their service to our country and sacrifice made in the line of duty.
The highlight of the evening occurred during a sit-down conversation between Gen. Alexander, Mr. Mundie and award-winning journalist Tom Brokaw, who interviewed the honorees on the importance of cybersecurity and how government and the private sector can work together to address the cyber threat as well as other national security obstacles facing America.
2013 BENS DC Eisenhower Award Dinner
Hundreds of BENS members and special guests attended the annual Eisenhower Award Dinner at the Ronald Reagan Building on May 20. Surrounded by top military brass and other distinguished officials, attendees enjoyed cocktails and dinner, and came to honor two individuals: General Raymond T. Odierno, Chief of Staff, US Army and Andrew N. Liveris, Chairman, President and CEO, Dow Chemical Company.
The memorable evening was filled with accolades for and inspiring speeches by Gen. Odierno and Mr. Liveris, as well as remarks made by BENS Chairman Bruce Mosler and Gen. Meigs on the major defense and national security challenges of our time.
The BENS Eisenhower Award, first presented in 1986 on the 25th Anniversary of President Eisenhower’s Farewell Address, recognizes those outstanding Americans whose contributions to our country best reflect President Eisenhower’s definition of security as “...the total product of our economic, intellectual, moral and military strength.”
Both public servants and private citizens have been selected by members of the BENS Board of Directors to receive the Award. Past recipients have included President Jimmy Carter; Secretaries of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Condoleezza Rice; Secretaries of Defense Robert Gates, William Perry, and William Cohen; Senators Richard Lugar, Sam Nunn, Carl Levin, John McCain and John Warner; Generals David Petraeus, James Jones, John Abizaid, and Michael Hayden, as well as business leaders Thomas Watson, Jr., Tom Peters, Norm Augustine, Denis Bovin, Mary and David Boies, Fred Smith, Robert Rubin, Joe Regent, Josh Weston, Chuck Boydand John Whitehead, among others.
Below are a selection of photos from past BENS Eisenhower Award Dinners.