Lindenwood University’s dean of students, Terry Russell, and director of campus security, Kurt Smith, were presented Patriot Awards by the United States Department of Defense on Thursday, March 24, 2011, in recognition of their support of personnel in the National Guard or Military Reserves.
Stan Brasch, Missouri awards director for the United States Department of Defense, presented the awards in the office of Dr. James D. Evans, president of the university. David Aubuchon, who nominated Smith and Russell, was also on hand for the presentation. At the time of the presentation, Aubuchon, a security officer at the university, was preparing to deploy with his National Guard unit for a tour of duty in Afghanistan.
“After having served 24 years in the military myself, I have been an advocate for supporting the men and women that serve,” said Russell. “This award would not be possible without the support and dedication that Lindenwood provides for all of us who have served and are still serving our military.”
“I was quite honored to receive such a prestigious award and also appreciate Lindenwood University being so supportive of the military and all that they do,” Smith said.