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The award recognizes Adm. Ryans leadership of MOAA, including effective advocacy on critical military issues, such as the post-9/11 G.I. Bill, military pay and force levels, and meeting the health care needs of military and VA beneficiaries; hosting well-attended symposiums that explored solutions on key military issues; and providing more than $9 million to military children in the form of scholarships and grants, among other accomplishments.

The award will be presented at the Trends Salute to Association Excellence award ceremony at the Capital Hilton Hotel in Washington on Feb. 23.

“This is a big deal in the association community because it is recognition of its own by its own,” said Jill Martineau Cornish, executive editor of Trends. This is the first time this award has been given to someone in the military community.

“It is also a big deal to me personally,” she said, noting that her father and Trends founder, retired Air Force Col. Frank Martineau, was a member of MOAA. “I am honored to recognize an association executive who has done so much for the military of our country.”

Send letters to Sgt. Shaft, c/o John Fales, P.O. Box 65900, Washington, DC 20035-5900; fax: 301/622-3330; call: 202/257-5446; or e-mail sgtshaft@bavf.org.