ARLINGTON, Va., Feb. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation has appointed Mike Caldwell as its Chief Operating Officer.


“We are very pleased that Mike Caldwell has joined the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation as the COO,” said Ron Rand, President & CEO. “Mike’s proven leadership abilities, extensive experience in planning and executing high-level events and programs, and ability to work with senior leaders in business and the military made him the right choice for this important role.” Caldwell is a retired colonel, having served 24-years in the U.S. Air Force.


Caldwell is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Foundation to include managing the staff, overseeing growth initiatives, leading event planning and management, creating and managing the Foundation’s annual budget and leading the Foundation’s strategic communications efforts. He will also work directly with the CEO in formulating the Foundation’s vision and strategy, strengthening relationships with the Foundation’s board and partners, and developing sources to ensure the Foundation meets financial requirements.


Caldwell has more than 30 years of experience as a senior communications strategist with the Air Force and Booz Allen Hamilton. As deputy director and acting director of Public Affairs for the U.S. Air Force, Caldwell was part of the team that led the communication strategy for the change in policy that allows media to cover the return of America’s fallen from war zones.


Caldwell received a Bachelor of Science in Broadcast Journalism from Troy University in Troy, Ala., and a Master of Arts in Media Communications from Governors State University in University Park, Ill.


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 an IRS 501(c)(3) nonprofit 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.


CONTACT: Ron Rand, President & CEO, Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation, 703-469-1861

SOURCE: Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation