The Army will honor five Americans — including comedian Stephen Colbert — during a special Twilight Tattoo hosted by Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno.
The "Salute from the Chief" event will take place 5 p.m. Tuesday (APRIL 14) at Whipple Field on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Virginia.
During the event, the five honorees will receive the Outstanding Civilian Service Award. It is the third-highest public service honor the Army can bestow upon a civilian, and it is presented for outstanding service by a civilian who makes a "substantial contribution or is of significance to the Army or to a major Army command," according to information from the Army.
The honorees are:
Stephen Colbert gets a military style haircut from Gen. Ray Odierno in Iraq in June 2009.
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• Stephen Colbert, who in December wrapped up The Colbert Report and will succeed David Letterman as host of CBS' The Late Show. He is being honored for his continued support of the troops.
"As an iconic member of America's entertainment industry," Colbert has "built a strong relationship with our men and women in uniform" through his continued support and visits to deploy soldiers around the world, according to the Army.
His efforts brought his audience "closer to our soldiers and their families, reinforcing the trust and support between the American people and those who serve."
Scott Davis, CEO of UPS.
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• D. Scott Davis, who is the chairman and chief executive officer of UPS. In that role, Davis "inspired a culture of support for veterans, service members, veterans organizations and veteran programs," according to the Army.
That culture created employment opportunities for "thousands of veterans and family members and has encouraged entrepreneurial success for many others," the Army said, adding that Davis' efforts have been "critical in assisting countless soldiers as they transition to civilian life."
Former Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig speaks during a Jan. 24 interview with The Associated Press in New York.
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• Bud Selig, the commissioner of Major League Baseball.
Under Selig's leadership, "Major League Baseball has continued its long tradition of meaningful support for our soldiers and their families," according to the program.
In addition, the various charitable initiatives undertaken by MLB have helped raise awareness of veterans' issues and "further strengthened the bonds between our Army and the American people," according to the program.
Morrill Worcester, president of the Worcester Wreath Co., and founder of the Wreaths Across America mission.
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• Morrill Worcester, the founder of Wreaths Across America "played a key role in ensuring that our nation honors and remembers the sacrifice of our men and women in uniform," according to information from the Army.
"Just as importantly," Worcester "helped educate young Americans about the importance of military service," according to the Army.
Wreaths Across America coordinates wreath-laying ceremonies, including at Arlington National Cemetery, organizes tributes to veterans and spreads the word about why it's important to remember the nation's fallen heroes and those who serve, according to the group's website.
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• Matthew Zames, the chief operating officer of JPMorgan Chase.
Under his leadership, the banking and financial services giant has "partnered with civilian university and major corporate employers to offer educational support and employment opportunities for veterans," according to the Army.
Zames' leadership is also inspiring other corporations to make similar commitments, the Army said.
His "efforts have been critical in assisting countless soldiers transition to civilian life following their honorable service in uniform," according to the Army.
The Army's Twilight Tattoo is an hour-long, live-action military pageant featuring soldiers from the 3rd Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) and the Army Band "Pershing's Own." The show also features performances by The Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps and the Army Drill Team.
The Twilight Tattoo runs every spring and summer. This year's season runs April 29 through Aug. 19.
Michelle Tan is the editor of Army Times and Air Force Times. She has covered the military for Military Times since 2005, and has embedded with U.S. troops in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Haiti, Gabon and the Horn of Africa.