Norman Augustine to Receive American Patriot of Character Award

WASHINGTON, DC, June 12, 2012— The Character Education Partnership (CEP) is proud to announce that Norman Augustine has been chosen to receive the 2012 American Patriot of Character award.

Each year, this national award is given to one American citizen whose leadership exemplifies the very best of our nation’s founding principles and ideals.  It seeks to recognize individuals who rise to the top of their chosen fields while upholding the very highest ethical standards in service to the common good. The award will be presented at CEP’s National Forum on Character Education, Nov. 3, at the Renaissance Hotel in Washington, DC.

Augustine is the former Chairman and CEO of the Lockheed Martin Corporation, former Under Secretary of the United States Army, a key adviser to US Presidents, and a tireless and long-term advocate for improving America’s schools.

“Norm Augustine is man of great integrity who not only models good character in his own life but frequently speaks to audiences on the importance of honesty, respect, responsibility, service and citizenship,” said Mark Hyatt, CEP’s President & CEO.

Among Augustine’s many honors are the U.S. Department of Defense’s highest civilian award, the Distinguished Service Medal, given to him five times, and the National Medal of Technology awarded by the President of the United States.   Most recently, he was awarded the National Science Foundation Vannevar Bush Award; the Bower Award for Business Leadership, from The Franklin Institute; the AAAS Philip Hauge Abelson Prize; the Public Welfare Medal from the National Academy of Science; the Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy; the Goddard Memorial Trophy; and the Wings Club Award.

Informed of the American Patriot of Character award, Mr. Augustine said, “I believe there can be no finer recognition than one for character, patriotism and ethics—especially when it comes from one’s peers.  I am deeply honored.”

Augustine is co-author of The Defense Revolution and Shakespeare In Charge and author of Augustine’s Laws and Augustine’s Travels and chaired the committee that produced the seminal report on U.S. education and competitiveness, “The Gathering Storm.”

His many volunteer leadership positions have included Chairman of the American Red Cross, President of the Boy Scouts of America, Chairman of the National Academy of Engineering, President of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Chairman of the Defense Science Board, and member of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.

Augustine graduated from Princeton University with a BSE in Aeronautical Engineering, magna cum laude, and an MSE. He was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, Tau Beta Pi and Sigma Xi. In addition, he holds 28 honorary degrees and was selected by Who’s Who in America and the Library of Congress as one of “Fifty Great Americans” on the occasion of Who’s Who’s 50th anniversary. He has traveled in 111 countries and stood on both the North and South Poles of the earth.

“I am so pleased that the CEP leadership chose Mr. Augustine to be the 2012 American Patriot of Character, “Hyatt said. “I look forward to what I know will be a powerful speech on leadership and integrity when he receives his award at the National Forum on Character Education this November in Washington, DC.”