BENS Eisenhower Award

BENS to honor Amazon.com and Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos, U.S. Air Force General John Hyten, and former NASA astronaut, retired U.S. Navy Captain Scott Kelly.

On October 26th at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, BENS will present their 2016 Eisenhower Award to three extraordinary Americans in Jeff Bezos, General John Hyten, and Captain Scott Kelly. The evening will be a recognition of American innovation and technological achievement. And highlight the leadership role each have played in fostering a society of ingenuity and progress. Over 400 industry and private sector leaders are expected to be on-hand for this annual event that that will be celebrating it its 30th anniversary. For more information or to purchase tickets, please click here.


The October dinner will be the second Eisenhower event this year. In April, BENS presented the award to U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter and longtime philanthropist and business executive Robert A. Belfer. Secretary Carter, who was sworn in as Secretary of Defense in February 2015, was honored for his long career in public service, which began in 1993. Mr. Belfer, who endowed the esteemed Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, was honored for his role in preparing generations of top national security leaders – including Secretary Carter who once served as director of the Belfer Center. A selection of photos from the event are below.

The BENS Eisenhower Award was first presented in 1986 on the 25th Anniversary of President Eisenhower’s Farewell Address. 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 Leon Panetta, Robert Gates, William Perry, and William Cohen; Senators Richard Lugar, Sam Nunn, Carl Levin, John McCain and John Warner; Generals James Jones, John Abizaid, Chuck Boyd and Michael Hayden; Admirals William McRaven, James Stavridis, and Eric Olson; as well as business leaders Kevin Plank, Tom Peters, Norm Augustine, Denis Bovin, Mary and David Boies, Fred Smith, Robert Rubin, Joe Regent, Josh Weston, and John Whitehead, among others.

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