ON-Lion Letter
In September, the American Veterans Center (AVC), a project of the American Studies Center, honored Dr. Andrew J. Krepinevich, Jr. with its Ninth Annual Andrew J. Goodpaster Prize.  

Krepinevich is a distinguished senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, where he also served as president from 1995 until last March.  In addition to his 21-year career in the U.S. Army, Krepinevich has served in the Department of Defense's Office of Net Assessment, the National Defense Panel, the Defense Science Board Task Force on Joint Experimentation, and as a member of Secretary of Defense Robert Gates' Policy Board.  He holds a Ph.D. from Harvard, has taught at West Point, George Mason University, Johns Hopkins University, and Georgetown University.  He is the author of a variety of highly acclaimed books, including The Army and Vietnam and The Last Warrior

The prize Krepinevich received from AVC commemorates the life of four-star general and scholar  Andrew Goodpaster.  After graduating from West Point, Goodpaster received two Purple Hearts, a Distinguished Service Cross, and a Silver Star for his service during World War II.  After earning his doctorate from Princeton, he went on to serve as commandant of the National War College, deputy commander of the American forces in Vietnam, and Supreme Allied Commander of NATO from 1969-1974.  After retiring from the latter post, he answered the call to return to active duty as superintendent at West Point.  Before he passed away in 2005, he received two Presidential Medals of Freedom for his lifetime of service, humility, integrity, and scholarship. 

The AVC seeks to preserve the legacy of America's servicemen and -women through oral history preservation, educational programs, and civic events.  Some of AVC's events and programs include the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, DC; American Valor Quarterly magazine; Emmy-winning television and radio programs such as the Wounded Warrior Experience; an annual Veterans Day Conference and Youth Leadership Summit; events for wounded heroes at Walter Reed Army Medical Center; and a plethora of programs designed to foster appreciation for the nation's military history among younger generations of Americans. 

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee sponsors the Andrew J. Goodpaster Prize and Lecture through its support of the American Studies Center and the AVC.
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