BENS Eisenhower Award
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.