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Dean Mark Welsh Receives the Ike Skelton Legacy Award

November 16, 2016

Dean Mark Welsh

Dean Mark A. Welsh

Bush School Dean Mark A. Welsh received the Ike Skelton Legacy Award on November 12, presented by Wentworth Military Academy and College in Lexington, Missouri, Skelton’s alma mater. The award recognizes individuals who emulate Skelton’s life in service to nation, state, and community.

Isaac “Ike” Newton Skelton IV represented Missouri’s 4th Congressional District for 17 years, beginning in 1976. He served as chairman of the House Armed Services Committee and was instrumental in instituting many military policies and practices. He was a presidential appointee to the American Battle Monuments Commission, which oversees and operates 25 permanent American burial grounds overseas, as well as other military monuments, memorials and markers.  Skelton was a key contributor to the Goldwater-Nichols Act, which set the precedent of the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines working together, maintaining different assets without having to negotiate with individual services, a sweeping change to the way U.S. military forces were organized at the time.

Prior to joining the Bush School, Welsh had a distinguished career in the U.S. Air Force, culminating in his selection as the 20th Chief of Staff of the Air Force in August 2012, where he was the senior uniformed Air Force officer responsible for the organization, training and equipping of 664,000 active-duty, Guard, Reserve, and civilian forces serving in the United States and overseas. A graduate of the Army Command and General Staff College, the Air War College, and the National War College, Welsh also served as Commandant of the Air Force Academy. In addition to serving as Dean of the Bush School, Welsh also holds the Edward and Howard Kruse Endowed Chair at the Bush School and is also an Executive Professor.

This is the second year the Skelton Legacy Award has been presented. Previous honorees include retired General Richard B. Myers, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, former mayor of Kansas City.

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