General Henry H. Shelton, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, received the 1999 Intrepid Freedom Award at a dinner on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 1999, aboard the aircraft carrier INTREPID in New York City. The award was presented by Dennis J. Picard, chairman and chief executive officer of Raytheon Corporation, and a former recipient of the Intrepid Salute Award. Shelton is the first active duty military officer to be recognized with this high honor. President Bill Clinton, former Presidents George Bush and Ronald Reagan, and Secretary of Defense William Cohen are among prior recipients.
In accepting award, Shelton said: "While the name on the plaque is mine, it truly represents the incredible men and women of the Armed Forces who ... are serving in far-flung outposts around the world... They are the sons and daughters of America and ... the finest fruits of the tree of liberty."
The Intrepid Freedom Award is presented by the Board of Trustees of the Intrepid Museum Foundation to a national or world leader in recognition of outstanding achievements in the defense of freedom and democracy, the ideals that form the heart of our nation. Zachary and Elizabeth Fisher founded the Intrepid Museum Foundation in 1978 and continue to serve as its chairmen.
For more information concerning the dinner and award presentation, contact Ilmar Vanderer, director, public relations, The Intrepid Sea Air Space Museum, at (212) 957-7055, Ext. 8055, or CAPT Steve Pietropaoli, the chairman's special assistant for public affairs, at (703) 697-4272.