Bush School Dean Ryan Crocker was awarded the Dwight D. Eisenhower Distinguished Service Award by the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) at the VFW National Convention in St. Louis, Missouri, on July 21, 2014.
“Thank you from the bottom of my heart for this most prestigious award,” Crocker said during the ceremony. “I am honored and humbled. It is well above my merits.”
The Dwight D. Eisenhower Distinguished Service Award is presented to an individual for outstanding contributions to the cause of American security, unity, and world peace. Previous award winners include former US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld; former NSA and CIA director, Gen. Michael Hayden; and Army chief of staff, Gen. Ray Odierno. Crocker was selected for the award based on his “four decades of exceptional service as an American statesman, ensuring the advancement of the safety, security, ideals, and interests of the United States of America abroad.” Crocker’s experience as the US ambassador to Lebanon, Kuwait, Syria, Pakistan, Iraq, and Afghanistan was specifically addressed during the award ceremony.
“The foreign service is a dangerous service,” Crocker said. “Of those six ambassadorships I held, in three of those countries, a predecessor of mine was assassinated.”
During the award ceremony, Crocker took the time to thank the veterans in attendance for their service to their country and speak on the future of international diplomacy.
“Diplomats and warriors must work together for the national interest,” Crocker said. “Never has that been more important than it is today.”