The R’s were in good form at last week’s reception at the elegant Guarisco Gallery in the West End which is found adjacent to the Ritz Carlton Hotel. By R’s I mean as in “respect”, “reverie”, “recognition” and “regard”. The well-heeled, well-dressed and well-decorated men and women who gathered together before the dinner next door, shook hands, admired the artwork and conversed with great energy. The power in the room was palpable. As my eyes swept over the crowd which was growing (as well as the cocktail hour din) I thought to myself, “I really love what I do.” How often do you have the opportunity to be in the same vicinity as Former Secretary of State Dr. Henry Kissinger and Lieutenant General Brent Scowcroft?
Not often. The National Defense University Foundation was honoring Lt. General Scowcroft to recognize his lifetime of service to his country and his support of the free enterprise system. He is a distinguished alum of the National War College (1968), a unit of the National Defense University located at Fort McNair in Washington, DC. Scowcroft also served at National Security Advisor under U.S. Presidents Gerald Ford and George H. W. Bush.
Dr. Henry Kissinger and current IBM CEO Ginni Rometty presented the award to the General.
NDUF President and CEO Cathleen Pearl told us, “We are thrilled to honor General Scowcroft tonight. Only an individual as widely respected as Gen Scowcroft can bring together such an incredible mix of industry leaders, diplomats, senior military officials, lawmakers, and prestigious scholars.
As an exemplary soldier, statesman, and scholar, Gen Scowcroft is the personification of the National Defense University Foundation’s mission to support the programs and research of the National Defense University and to invest in the next generation of innovative, strategic national security leaders.”
The evening was filled with very distinguished guests like Dr. Ashton B. Carter, Deputy Secretary, US Department of Defense; Peggy Johnson, EVP, Qualcomm Technologies & Pres., Global Market Development; Major General Gregg F. Martin, USA, National Defense University President; USA, Senior Military Fellow, National Defense University; Ambassador Walter Stadtler, Master of Ceremonies and Mr. Al Zimmerman, Chair, NDUF Board of Directors, General and Mrs. Colin Powell, Mr. J.W. “Bill” Marriott, Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board of Marriott International, Dr. Daniel Poneman, Deputy Secretary of Energy, Senator John McCain, Ambassador Yousef al Otaiba of UAE, Lt Gen and Mrs. Frank Gorenc, Assistant Vice Chief of Staff and Director of Staffing, United States Air Forces, Lt Gen William M. Faulkner, Deputy Commandant for Installations and Logistics, United States Marine Corps, VADM and Mrs. Richard Hunt, Director of Navy Staff, Maj Gen Joseph Brown, Commandant, Eisenhower School of National Resource Strategy, Dr. and Mrs. Robert Childs, President, Information Resources Management College, Ms. Susan Eisenhower, Granddaughter of President Eisenhower, Mr. Tom Enders, Chairman, EADS, The Honorable Sean O’Keefe, Chairman and CEO, EADS North America, Mr. Rexx Tillerson, Chairman and CEO, Exxon Mobil, Dr. Jack London, Chairman, CACI, Mr. Robin Lineberger, President, Deloitte Federal Government Services, Mr. Robert Stevens, Chairman and CEO, Lockheed Martin, Mr. David Ignatius, Columnist and Author, The Washington Post.
Learn more about NDUF and its mission http://www.ndufoundation.org.
Photo credit for all images is: Nick Khazal/NDUF
Pamela Lynne Sorensen is the founder of Pamela’s Punch, a platform for profiling people who "make it happen" in the Capital region, reviews & topical blog posts. She launched Punch Enterprises, a connector consulting business in 2015 and Pacific Punch based in LA, in 2012. Pamela comes from an extensive background in sales and business development from a variety of industries, has been involved with charities and fundraising for a number of years and holds several Board and leadership positions. She currently resides in Arlington, VA. Follow her on Twitter at @pamelaspunch.