Our honorary Chairman, Medal of Honor recipient Master Sergeant Leroy Petry, will preside over this illustrious event featuring a celebrity meet and greet, premium silent auction, fine dining and live entertainment. This year includes a poignant tribute to those in Special Operations with recognition of the United States’ Medal of Honor recipients that will be in attendance. The emcee is Major General Victor J. Hugo, Jr. US Army Special Forces (Ret.) and the keynote speaker is Admiral Eric Olson US Navy SEAL (Ret.). It is sure to be a noteworthy evening.
Major General Victor Joseph Hugo, Jr., US Army Special Forces (Ret.) has been an Independent Consultant in defense and management since 1996. Maj. Gen. Hugo is responsible for coordinating the Atlas Defense Systems, Inc.’s efforts with the U.S. Department of Defense and other government agencies. Maj. Gen. Hugo served in Korea and Vietnam before he served two tours in the Office of the Chief of Staff of the Army. Among his many achievements, he served as an Assistant Secretary of the Army General Staff; Deputy Director of the Army Staff; Executive Officer and Senior Aide to the Chief of Staff; Chief of the Coordination Analysis, and Reports Division in the Office of the Chief of Staff; and staff officer in the Joint Staff, Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Some of the awards he has received during his career include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, and a Purple Heart.
Admiral Olson served more than 38 years in the military, retiring from the Navy in 2011. At that time, he was the “Bull Frog,” the longest-serving Navy SEAL on duty. Admiral Olson served in special operations units throughout his career and earned several awards for leadership and valor, including the Defense Distinguished Service Medal and the Silver Star. He was the first Navy SEAL officer to be promoted to three and four star ranks.
Admiral Olson’s career culminated as head of the U.S. Special Operations Command, where he was responsible for the mission readiness of all Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps Special Operations (MARSOC) forces. In this capacity, he led more than 60,000 people and managed an annual budget in excess of $10 billion.
Medal of Honor recipient MSG Leroy Petry, United States Army (Ret.), endured eight deployments in support of overseas contingency operations with two deployments to Iraq and six deployments to Afghanistan. MSG Petry, who now wears a prosthetic, became the second recent living recipient of the military’s highest decoration of valor, the Medal of Honor during the war in Afghanistan in 2011. Opting to re-enlist in spite of his wounds, MSG Petry remained in active duty in the U.S. Army until his retirement on July 29, 2014.