December 16, 2005
"'Respond, serve, and sacrifice.' For over 200 years, these principals have guided the most committed and faithful of American citizens - citizens who possess a dedication to preserving the American way of life, regardless of the cost to themselves and with no expectation of reward," stated master of ceremonies, Paula Zahn, host of CNN's Paula Zahn Now. "These are the principles that the National Defense University Foundation recognizes tonight with the presentation of the American Patriot Award."
Senator Ted Stevens was honored
for "his sustained dedication to advancing the nation's
security policy and for his service in World War II."
During World War II, Stevens was a pilot in the China-Burma-India
Theater, supporting the Flying Tigers of the 14th Army Air Corps.
He received two Distinguished Flying Crosses, two Air Medals,
and the Yuan Hai medal awarded by the Republic of China.
Today he is the president pro tempore of the U.S. Senate and
is a member of the Republican leadership team. Stevens
serves as chairman of the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee
and as the chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science,
"Senator Stevens served
heroically in World War II and stood face-to-face with the Soviet
Union across the Bering Strait during the Cold War," stated
former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Richard
Myers in his tribute to the award recipients. "His
brave service and his unwavering leadership throughout the years
give him the credibility and the vision that America needs as
we discuss our most pressing national security challenges."
Senator Daniel Inouye was honored
for his "remarkable valor in World War II and for his Congressional
leadership for more than 45 years." Following the
attacks on Pearl Harbor in 1941 Inouye immediately enlisted in
the Army. While fighting in the European Theater he suffered
multiple gunshot wounds and a grenade blast that shattered his
right arm. In 2000, Inouye received the Medal of Honor
for his bravery. In 1959, he became Hawaii's first Congressman
and was elected to the Senate in 1962. Inouye serves as
co-chairman of the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee
and as co-chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science,
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