GEN Peay Presented the Order’s 20th Distinguished Achievement Award

On Friday, August 11, 2023, Knight Commander C. Douglas Simmons III presented the Order’s Distinguished Achievement Award to Former VMI Superintendent and 4-Star U.S. Army General J.H. Binford Peay III (Beta Commission–VMI ’62). The award was presented during Meeting II of the 80th Convention in Orlando, Florida, at the JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes.

This high honor has been presented to only nineteen other recipients with the first being GEN George C. Marshall (Beta Commission–VMI 1901). The award was established for distinguished achievement to be made by a member of the Order based upon the following: Outstanding service to the United States in the Army, the Navy, the Marine Corps, the Air Force or the Coast Guard, and previously recognized by the United States Government; or outstanding service in public work for the United States Government, or for one of the states and such services result in national prominence and recognition; or outstanding service to mankind in literary, professional, scientific, or educational fields, resulting in national public acknowledgment of and praise for such service. The Executive Council grants this award at its discretion and only upon a unanimous vote by secret ballot.

Presentation and Peay's Remarks