Honoring Heroes of America.

The Great American Patriot Award presented by Armed Forces Insurance is presented annually to an individual or group in recognition of their service to the United States. The award is selected by the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl Military Affairs Committee. In selecting the recipient, the committee considers numerous criteria. Candidates must be of high moral fiber and good character, having spent their lives and/or careers serving the common good of the United States. They will have gone beyond the call of duty to serve and protect this country, with proven dedication and loyalty in upholding the Constitution and the laws of the nation.

Finally, the Great American Patriot Award winner will have worked tirelessly to make the U.S. a better and safer place for all its citizens. Award winners are formally presented with their award during the bowl’s half-time ceremony each year.

Previous Great American Patriot Award Recipients

William McRaven


Admiral William McRaven

U.S. Special Operations Command

U.S. Navy

Norton Schwartz


General Norton A. Schwartz

Former Chief of Staff,

U.S. Air Force

Salvatore Giunta


Savatore Giunta

Medal of Honor Recipient

U.S. Army

Thad Allen


Admiral Thad Allen

U.S. Coast Guard


Mike Mullen


Admiral Michael G. Mullen

Former Chairman of the

U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff

U.S. Navy


General David H. Petraeus

Former Commander

U.S. Forces Afghanistan

U. S. Army

Preston Geren


Preston "Pete" Geren

Former U.S.

Secretary of the Army

U.S. Army

Gordon England


Gordon England

Former U.S. Deputy

Secretary of Defense


Armed Forces Insurance

A special thank you to Armed Forces Insurance for sponsoring this award.