Today we celebrate the career of Army Chief of Staff General Mark A. Milley. He will receive the Andrew J. Goodpaster Award from the Marshall Foundation in recognition of his distinguished career in the U.S. Army, his many contributions to U.S defense and his leadership of the U.S. Army at the highest level. General Milley assumed duty as the 39th chief of staff in August 2015.
Our award is named for General Andrew J. Goodpaster. The late Andrew Goodpaster began a career in public service that lasted nearly seven decades beginning with his graduation from West Point in 1939. During WWII he commanded the 48th Engineer Combat Battalion in North Africa and Italy. His combat experience was cut short in January 1944, when he was severely wounded and sent back to the United States to recover. After his wounds had healed, he was assigned to the War Planning Office under General Marshall, where he served the duration of the war.
After receiving a Ph.D. from Princeton, General Goodpaster served as staff secretary to President Eisenhower, commandant of the National War College, deputy commander of U.S. Forces, Vietnam and commander-in-chief, U.S. European Command and Supreme Allied Commander, Europe. Also he served as superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy and on numerous boards and commissions including The Atlantic Council, The Eisenhower Institute and the Marshall Foundation, of which he was the chairman for many years.