Military Museum and Pritzker Library Names Three Veterans as 2022 Citizen Soldier Award Recipients
The Pritzker Military Museum & Library is proud to announce the recipients of the 2022 Citizen Soldier Award: Lieutenant Colonel Enoch Woodhouse, Colonel Jack Jacobs and General Ann Dunwoody. The awards will be presented at the 2022 Liberty Gala, “Honoring Strength Through Diversity”. on Saturday, November 5 at the Hilton Chicago hotel.
The Citizen Soldier Award honors a person who exemplifies the traditions of the citizen soldier established by George Washington, a person who has served the nation as a leader in war and peace, for the betterment of the common good. The recipient must have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, Active, Guards, or Reserves, and is active or honorably discharged. The winner must also display a commitment to non-partisan issues and demonstrate an ability to bridge political divides. Recipients of the Citizen Soldier Award are selected by a committee of Pritzker Military Museum & Library Board members and non-Board volunteers and Col. (IL) Jennifer N. Pritzker, IL ARNG ( retired), president and founder of the Museum and the Library.
“The Museum and Library are proud to present their highest honor at the 2022 Freedom Gala to three exemplary individuals who embody the meaning of the citizen soldier,” said Pritzker Military Museum and Library founder Col. (IL) Jennifer N. Pritzker, IL ARNG. (Retired). “The kind of sacrifices, commitment and accomplishments of each of our honorees speaks to the importance of both service and advocating for the greater good of our country. It is truly an honor for us to celebrate and to recognize such deserving people.”
Lt. Col. Enoch Woodhouse enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1944. He then served as a finance officer for the Tuskegee Airmen from 1946 to 1948. After military desegregation in 1948, he continued to serve in reserve for the newly formed Air Force in 1949. His military service earned him numerous awards, including the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest honor given by the U.S. Congress to individuals or institutions for their achievements and their distinguished contributions. He and other Tuskegee Airmen received the President George W. Bush Medal in 2006.
Colonel Jack Jacobs entered military service in 1966, as an ROTC second lieutenant assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division and deployed to Vietnam as a military adviser. During a mission in the Mekong Delta, his battalion came under enemy fire. Wounded in the head and arms, Jack took command of the battered unit, mounting a defense and repeatedly breaking through heavy fire to save wounded soldiers and recover weapons, single-handedly scattering enemy squads, killing at least three enemy soldiers. Jack’s gallant actions and extraordinary heroism saved the lives of an American adviser and 13 Allied soldiers. For his service in Vietnam, Jack added two Silver Stars, three Bronze Stars and two Purple Hearts to his list of decorations.
General Ann Dunwoody was the first woman to command a battalion of the 82nd Airborne Division in 1992. Ann became Fort Bragg’s first female general officer in 2000 and the first woman to command the Combined Arms Support Command at Fort Lee, in Virginia. In 2005, she became the highest ranked woman in the Army when she was promoted to lieutenant general as Deputy Army Chief of Staff, G-4 (Logistics). In November 2008, General Dunwoody became the first woman in military history to achieve the rank of four-star general. As commanding general of the U.S. Army Materiel Command, one of the Army’s largest commands, Ann served with distinction. Throughout his career, General Dunwoody remained a strong supporter of decreasing sexual assault within the United States military.
“Lt. Col. Woodhouse, Col. Jacobs and General Dunwoody are extraordinary examples of what it means to be a citizen soldier,” said Susan Rifkin, acting president of the Pritzker Military Museum and Library. “Colonel Jacobs acted courageously to save his fellow soldier. LTC Woodhouse played a pivotal role in the early integration of the US Armed Forces. created progress for all female members of the service. The achievements of our laureates demonstrate their extraordinary leadership, strength and diversity.
The 2022 Liberty Gala, to be held Saturday, November 5 at the Hilton Chicago hotel, will celebrate the work of the Pritzker Military Museum & Library and honor the achievements and service of citizen soldiers of the United States Armed Forces, past and present. This year’s theme is “Honoring Strength Through Diversity”.
For more information on the Liberty Gala or to learn more about the nominees for the Citizen Soldier Award, please visit the website at PritzkerMilitary.org.
About the Pritzker Military Museum and Library
The Pritzker Military Museum & Library aims to increase the public’s understanding of military history, military affairs and national security by providing a forum for the study and exploration of our military – past, present and future – with special emphasis on their stories, sacrifices and values. With national and global reach, these spaces and events aim to share the stories of those who served and their contributions as citizen soldiers, helping citizens around the world appreciate the relationship between the armed forces and the civilians they protect. freedoms. A non-governmental and non-partisan organization, the Museum & Library showcases a variety of collections, scholarly initiatives and public programs, from its flagship center in downtown Chicago to its world-class research facility and park currently under construction in Somers, NY. Wisconsin.