Citizen Patriot Awards

In commemoration of the Reserve Forces Policy Board's 50th Anniversary in 2002, the Board established the Citizen Patriot Awards for Distinguished Service to recognize both individuals and units.

The Citizen Patriot Award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated exemplary service to the Reserve Components at the national level. The recipient will have made a substantial contribution to the nation's defense and to national security. Recipients will have demonstrated a quantifiable and recognizable pattern of excellence over a lifetime.

The Citizen Patriot Unit Award is intended for units organized to serve the nation. The recipient unit will have made a substantial contribution to the security and/or defense posture of the United States of America in a manner worthy of recognition at the national level and will have demonstrated a quantifiable and recognizable pattern of excellence.

2002
Individual Award: Honorable John O. Marsh Jr. Unit Award: Woman Air Service Pilots of World War II
2003

Individual Award: Honorable G. V. "Sonny" Montgomery Unit

 Award: "The First Shot Club" Veterans USS Ward (DD 139)

2004

Individual Award: Honorable Melvin R. Laird 

Unit Award: Bataan Death March Units, 200th 

and 515th Coast Artillery New 

Mexico National Guard

2005
Individual Award: General John W. Vessey Jr.  Unit Award: Montford Point Marines 
2010
Individual Award: The Honorable Robert Dole; Mr Terrence O'Connell
Unit Award: 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 4th Marine  Division, Marine Forces Reserve
2011
Individual Award: The Honorable John S. McCain Unit Award: Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 84, Marine Forces Reserve