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Tommy Pruitt, Event Chair
Medal of Honor Gala & Golf Classic

CHARLOTTE, N.C., October 5, 2015 – The Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation announced today it will honor Linda Hudson with its Distinguished Service Award. The award will be presented at the Medal of Honor Gala the evening of Saturday, October 17, 2015 at the Charlotte Convention Center.

The award is presented to exceptional Americans who exemplify leadership and service and inspire others by selflessly giving of time and talent to the community and Nation. Fifteen of our nation’s 78 living Medal of Honor Recipients will be on hand to honor Hudson.

“The Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation is pleased to honor Linda Hudson for her leadership in the defense industry, ongoing commitment to our military and their families and selfless service for community and country. She’s most deserving of our Distinguished Service Award, and we look forward to presenting it to Linda in Charlotte later this month,” said Ron Rand, Foundation president & CEO.

On learning about the award, Hudson, who retired as President and CEO of BAE Systems, Inc. on January 31, 2014, said, “I am deeply honored to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation’s Distinguished Service Award and truly humbled to be recognized by the Medal of Honor Recipients. We are so fortunate to live in a free and open society, and it endures largely because of the strength and bravery of the men and women who bet everything on keeping us free.”

At BAE Systems, Inc., Hudson led a global, U.S.-based defense, aerospace, and security company, wholly owned by London-based BAE Systems plc, with approximately 40,000 employees and $13 billion in annual revenue. She now serves as the Founder, Chairman and CEO of The Cardea Group, a consultancy based in Charlotte specializing in C-Suite transitions, leadership in today’s multi-cultural and multi-generational workplaces, and scaling businesses in rapid growth environments.

Hudson also serves as director on the boards of Bank of America, Southern Company and Ingersoll Rand. She currently serves on the non-profit boards of the Center for a New American Security, a bipartisan national security think tank, the University of Florida Foundation and the Wake Forest University Charlotte Center.

Recognized as an innovative leader and trailblazer, she was the first female to receive the Association of the U.S. Army’s distinguished John W. Dixon Award for her outstanding contributions to national defense, and she received USO’s 2011 Woman of the Year Distinguished Service Award.

Hudson received her bachelor's degree in systems engineering with honors from the University of Florida. Honored as a Distinguished Alumnus, she is a member of the Industrial and Systems Engineering Hall of Fame.

“One of the most important constants in our lives is the willingness of brave men and women to risk everything to defend our country and make our nation safe,” said Linda Hudson. “Having spent my entire corporate career working alongside these brave people, I have seen some make the ultimate sacrifice, others return gravely wounded or emotionally scarred, and many families struggle as a loved one went away for long periods of time. All of these heroes, past and present, deserve our heartfelt gratitude and continued support.”

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About the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation

The Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation ( was founded in 1999 by the Congressional Medal of Honor Society ( with the mission to perpetuate the legacy of the Medal through outreach and education. Through its Character Development Program, the Foundation reaches out to the citizens of America, and particularly to young Americans, to promote an awareness of the values embodied in the Medal and to teach that ordinary citizens, through courage, sacrifice, selfless service and patriotism, can make a difference in the lives of others. The Foundation, which also supports the important work of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with Tax ID #25-1828488.

About the Congressional Medal of Honor Society
The Congressional Medal of Honor Society ( was chartered by the Congress in 1958 to create a brotherhood among the living Medal of Honor Recipients, to protect and uphold the dignity and honor of the Medal, to promote patriotism and love of country, and to inspire our youth to become worthy dedicated citizens of our nation. Its membership consists exclusively of those individuals who have received the Medal of Honor. Today, there are 78 living Recipients of the Medal of Honor. The Society is unique in that its membership hopes that there will be no need to welcome new inductees.