(Washington, DC) – “NBC Nightly News” anchor and best selling author, Tom Brokaw, will be in Washington September 18 to receive the Army Distaff Foundation’s 2002 Distinguished Citizen Award as the year’s Outstanding Public Figure at the Knollwood Gala. Brokaw’s remarks are expected to include the role of the new terrorism in the context of U.S. history. The event, at Knollwood, 6200 Oregon Avenue NW, Washington DC, is open to the media. An informal press availability begins at 7:30 PM, and the address by the acclaimed NBC news anchor and author will be at 8 PM.
Brokaw has been anchor of “NBC Nightly News” since 1983. His best selling recent books include The Greatest Generation (1998), The Greatest Generation Speaks (1999), and An Album of Memories (2001). The three books are about Americans born in the 1920’s who lived during the depression, fought in World War II, and built the present-day America.
Major General Calvert P. Benedict (retired), has been the executive director of The Army Distaff Foundation, Inc., which runs Knollwood, since 1986. General Benedict was Commander of U.S. troops in Berlin, Germany from 1978-1981.
General Barry R. McCaffrey (Ret.),
US Drug Czar from 1996-2001, now a national media consultant on terrorism
and Olin Distinguished Professor of National Security at West Point, is
a member of The Army Distaff Foundation’s Advisory Board who personally
invited and will introduce Brokaw.
The Army Distaff Foundation hosted its inaugural gala in 1996. Previous Distinguished Service winners were Senator Sam Nunn, General McCaffrey, Norman Augustine, Mrs. Colin Powell, Dr. Stephen Ambrose, and Senator Daniel Inouye.
The Army Distaff Foundation was founded in 1959 to provide a comfortable home for Army widows. Due to the fundraising efforts of Officers’ Wives Clubs worldwide, Knollwood opened its doors in early 1962. Knollwood supplied idyllic surroundings and friendly faces to the hundreds of women it strove to support. The Army Distaff Foundation remains committed to the care of the military family. Its mission is to make available affordable, secure retirement living and health care services to retired officers of the uniformed services and their close female relatives regardless of ability to pay.
Source: Robert Weiner Associates