• (Left to right) Mike Duke, former Wal-Mart CEO; Cheryl Jensen, Vail Veterans Program founder and executive director; Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, 38th Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army; Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen, Give an Hour Program founder and Roger Goodell, National Football Foundation commissioner stand for a photo during a special Twilight Tattoo called 'Salute from the Chief,' in Conmy Hall, Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, April 28, 2014.

    (Left to right) Mike Duke, former Wal-Mart CEO...

    (Left to right) Mike Duke, former Wal-Mart CEO; Cheryl Jensen, Vail Veterans Program founder and executive director; Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, 38th Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army; Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen, Give an Hour Program founder and Roger Goodell...

  • Soldiers from the U.S. Army Band "Pershing's Own" perform during a special Twilight Tattoo called 'Salute from the Chief,' in Conmy Hall, Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, April 28, 2014.

    Soldiers from the U.S. Army Band "Pershing's...

    Soldiers from the U.S. Army Band "Pershing's Own" perform during a special Twilight Tattoo called 'Salute from the Chief,' in Conmy Hall, Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, April 28, 2014.

  • Cheryl Jensen, Vail Veterans Program founder and executive director, shakes hands with Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, 38th Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army before receiving the Outstanding Civilian Service Award in Conmy Hall, Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, April 28, 2014.

    Cheryl Jensen, Vail Veterans Program founder...

    Cheryl Jensen, Vail Veterans Program founder and executive director, shakes hands with Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, 38th Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army before receiving the Outstanding Civilian Service Award in Conmy Hall, Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall...

  • Soldiers from the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) perform during a special Twilight Tattoo called 'Salute from the Chief,' in Conmy Hall, Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, April 28, 2014

    Soldiers from the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment...

    Soldiers from the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) perform during a special Twilight Tattoo called 'Salute from the Chief,' in Conmy Hall, Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, April 28, 2014

ARLINGTON, Va. (April 28, 2014) -- Four civilians were awarded the Outstanding Civilian Service Award during a special Twilight Tattoo called 'Salute from the Chief,' hosted by Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, 38th Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army in Conmy Hall, Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall.

Odierno recognized Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen, Give an Hour Program founder; Mike Duke, former Wal-Mart CEO; Roger Goodell, National Football Foundation commissioner and Cheryl Jensen, Vail Veterans Program founder and executive director, for their exceptional service in support of the United States Army.

"I am thankful for what our Military and our wounded warriors have done for our country," said Jensen. "It isn't just about taking care of our Military when they initially return, but also ten years from now. We can't forget the sacrifices they've given."

"These four honorable men and women have all taught us lessons about service." said Odierno. "Their steadfast commitment to our Soldiers has been unwavering."

Outstanding Civilian Service Awards are the third-highest public service honor the U.S. Army can bestow upon a civilian. Every year, Odierno honors a select few that have shown an outstanding contribution to Soldiers and their families.

"A woman came up to me at dinner last night and she was a spouse of a former wounded warrior that went through the Vail Veterans Program and she said 'I just want to thank you--you saved my marriage,'" said Jensen. "It's those moments that make me realize what I'm doing is worth it."

"They [awardees] reach out for the simple yet profound reason that they love their country and have a deep respect for those who serve and for their families who stand by them," said Odierno. "We are indebted to each and every one of you, and tonight, we are proud to salute you."

Following the award ceremony, a special Twilight Tattoo was performed featuring Soldiers from the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) and The U.S. Army Band "Pershing's Own."

Audience members experienced a glimpse into American history through performances by the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, and the U.S. Army Drill Team.

Page last updated Tue April 29th, 2014 at 00:00