Clinton will receive the American Patriot Award from the National Defense University Foundation at a gala dinner on Nov. 14. The award is given to “leaders who have strengthened America’s strategic interests and advanced global security,” according to a press release.
“As First Lady, Senator, and Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton tirelessly worked to support and defend our nation and our allies around the world,” said Al Zimmerman, chairman of the NDU Foundation Board of Directors, in the release.
Former award recipients include President George H.W. Bush, Henry Kissinger, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), former Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-Conn.) and General Colin Powell.
“Secretary Clinton will be the first woman to receive this award and in doing so joins an outstanding group of Americans who have been honored with the American Patriot Award, our very highest recognition,” Zimmerman continued in the release. “By honoring Secretary Clinton’s exemplary career in public service the NDU Foundation celebrates not only the American spirit of patriotism, but the leadership qualities necessary to preserve and protect that spirit.”
The awards dinner will be held in at the the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C. More than 500 guests — including “Administration officials, members of Congress, senior military and diplomatic officers, and corporate and community leaders” — will celebrate Clinton at the event.
Clinton already received a public service award back in May, on the same day the as Benghazi whistleblowers testified in a Congressional hearing. Then-U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice was also honored with an award that week. Rice was once a possible contender to replace Clinton as Secretary of State, but withdrew her bid in the wake of the scandal surrounding her Benghazi talking points.
The NDU Foundation had not returned requests for comment at the time of this article.