2019 Annual Awards Dinner

Save the Date

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

The Conrad Hotel
950 New York Ave., NW | Washington, DC 20001

Presentation of the 2019 MG Sidney Shachnow Grateful Nation Award & Henry M. “Scoop” Jackson Distinguished Service Award


2018 Grateful Nation Honorees

2018 Grateful Nation Award recipients

Scoop Jackson HonoreeLdrship Award
2018 Scoop Jackson Honoree2018 National Leadership Award
Secretary Michael Pompeo (center) pictured with Senator Tom Cotton (left) and JINSA President & CEO Michael Makovsky, PhD (right).Fred Zeidman (right) pictured with Senator Lindsey Graham (center) and JINSA President & CEO Michael Makovsky, PhD (left).

~ Dietary laws will be observed.

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MG Sidney Shachnow Grateful Nation Award Advisory Board
The Grateful Nation Award, established in 2003, renamed the MG Sidney Shachnow Grateful Nation Award in 2019, is presented annually to six young heroes recognized for having distinguished themselves through superior conduct in the War on Terrorism. Honorees are nominated and selected by their respective service. The honorees come from the enlisted, noncommissioned officer and junior officer ranks. Honorees represent each of the five branches of the U.S. military and the U.S. Special Operations Command. Click Here to Learn More


GEN James D. Thurman, USA (ret.)VADM Peter V. Neffenger, USCG (ret.)
LTG Mick Bednarek, USA (ret.)RADM William F. Merlin, USCG (ret.)
LtGen Frederick McCorkle, USMC (ret.)Lt Gen Michael Gould, USAF (ret.)
LtGen Kenneth J. Glueck, USMC (ret.)Lt Gen Thomas “Tom” Trask, USAF (ret.)
ADM Mark P. Fitzgerald, USN (ret.)RADM Brian L. Losey, USN (ret.)

More details to follow on our 2019 honorees.

JINSA’s Fall National Leadership Conference – Thursday, November 21