Dean Welsh Receives Prestigious Award for Significant Contributions to National Defense

September 14, 2016

Photo of Dean Welsh receiving the award

General Mark Welsh; Maj. Gen. John F. Nichols, the Teas adjutant general; Lt. Gen. L. Scott Rice, the director of the Air National Guard; and Maj. Gen. Deborah Ashenhurst (Ret.) of Ohio, the NGAUS chairwoman of the board

Mark A. Welsh III, dean of the Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University, received the prestigious Harry S. Truman Award for Distinguished Service in Support of National Defense from the National Guard Association of the United States (NGAUS) at the organization’s annual conference on Saturday, September 10, 2016.

The award is presented to an individual who has made significant contributions of exceptional magnitude to the security and defense of the nation. Since 1968, the Truman Award has been bestowed forty-one times.  Only three other military leaders have received the award.  Three presidents were also recipients, including President George H. W. Bush, namesake of the Bush School. General/Dean Welsh is only the third general officer to receive the award in the 47 years since it was created and the first since 1990. 

“It’s humbling to look at the list of previous recipients of this award and realize that NGAUS deemed me worthy to be included in that group.  Collectively, they represent an incredibly proud history of service to our country both at home and abroad,” Dean Welsh said. “I am so privileged to join those previously honored with this prestigious award, including President George H. W. Bush, a man whose remarkable service we very proudly celebrate each and every day at the Bush School and throughout Texas A&M University.”

Welsh’s accomplished military career spans four decades and includes posts at the CIA, NATO, and the U.S. Air Force Academy. Prior to his appointment as dean of the Bush School, Dean Welsh served as the Air Force chief of staff from 2012 to 2016.

The NGAUS was created in 1878 and today has a membership of 45,000 current and retired National Guard officers. The conference was held in Baltimore from September 10 to12, 2016.

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