Golden Eagle Awards Dinner

March 8, 2017  l  Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, Bethesda, MD

The 2017 Golden Eagle Awards Dinner is a black-tie event that includes a reception, three-course dinner and presentation of the Golden Eagle Awards.

On-line registration for the Golden Eagle Dinner is closed.   However, you can still attend.  Please send an e-mail to Kathy Off,, if you would like to attend.  Please alert her if you will be bringing a guest.

For a complete list of previous SAME Golden Eagle Award recipients and a history of the award click here.



2017 Golden Eagle Award Winners

Celebrating Excellence
Academy of Fellows
Golden Eagle Awards Dinner

Peay         Rosen


Golden Eagle Award for Outstanding
Contributions to National Security

Gen. J.H. Binford Peay III, USA (Ret.)


Golden Eagle Award for Outstanding
Contributions to the Engineering Profession

Harold I. Rosen, F.SAME

Gen. J.H. Binfod Peay III, USA (Ret.) is being presented with the Golden Eagle Award for outstanding contributions to national security. The former Commander-in-Chief of U.S. Central Command (1994-1997) and the Commander of the 101st Airborne Division during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, became the Superintendent of his alma mater, Virginia Military Institute, on July 1, 2003, a position he still holds today.  

Gen. Peay graduated from the Virginia Military Institute in 1962, where was commissioned a Second Lieutenant of Field Artillery, received a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering, and was awarded the Institute’s prestigious Society of Cincinnati Medal. As a cadet, he was a quarterback on the football team, a member of the Honor Court, and a Battalion Commander. 

Gen. Peay's initial troop assignments were in Germany and Colorado. During two tours in the Republic of Vietnam, he performed duty as a Firing Battery Commander in the 4th Infantry Division and later as a Field Artillery Battalion Operations Officer with the 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile).  Assigned to Hawaii in 1975, Gen. Peay commanded the 2nd Battalion, 11th Field Artillery, 25th Infantry Division.  He then served as Senior Aide to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Washington, D.C., and later as Assistant Chief of Staff, G-3, I Corps, and Commander, 9th Infantry Division Artillery at Fort Lewis, Wash. In 1985, he was reassigned to the Army Staff as Executive to the Chief of Staff, U.S. Army.

From 1987-1988, he served with the Screaming Eagles as the Assistant Division Commander (Operations), 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky., followed by an assignment in July 1988 as Deputy Commandant, Command & General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kan. Gen. Peay assumed command of the 101st Airborne Division on Aug. 3, 1989 and led the division throughout Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm in the Persian Gulf.  Promoted to lieutenant general, he was assigned as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Plans, Department of the Army and Senior Army Member, United States Military Committee, United Nations, from June 1991 until March 1993.  On March 26, 1993, he was promoted to the rank of general and appointed the 24th Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Army. His last assignment was Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Central Command, MacDill AFB, Fla., from Aug. 5, 1994 to Aug. 13, 1997, with responsibility for the region encompassing 20 countries in Africa, the Middle East, Persian Gulf and South Asia.

Military awards and decorations Gen. Peay has received include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Army Distinguished Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters, the Silver Star and Purple Heart.  He wears U.S. campaign ribbons for combat duty in Vietnam, (seven campaigns) and Saudi Arabia (three campaigns) and has received foreign awards from Vietnam, Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

After retirement from the Army, he became a director at United Defense Industries in 1997. He joined in March 2000 as member of its board of directors. Allied is a diversified defense and security firm, providing conventional medium caliber ammunition and sophisticated security systems. In January 2001, he was named Chairman, President and CEO of Allied Research Corporation, which in 2003, was renamed Allied Defense Group. In addition to his bachelor’s degree, Gen. Peay holds a Master of Arts degree from George Washington University. He also is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command & General Staff College and the U.S. Army War College.

Harold “Hal” Rosen, F.SAME, is being presented with the Golden Eagle Award for outstanding contributions to the engineering profession. Rosen has served as General Counsel to the Society of American Military Engineers since 1999, also serving by virtue of that position as a member of the Society’s Board of Direction and Executive Committee.

Rosen has served with four Society Executive Directors. Before that, in 1994, he was a member of the organizing committee that established the Academy of Fellows, and he later authored the “History of the Academy of Fellows.” Rosen has been a Vice-Chair of the Academy of Fellows overseeing Fellow selection since the inception of the Academy in 1995. He has served on the Executive Committees of both the Society and the Academy since 1999.

Among his other efforts on behalf of SAME are his involvement with the creation of the public agency category of membership in 2000; the preparation of the Society Ethics Primer in 2006; membership in 2008 on the task force that addressed the Society’s Executive Director position, resulting in the first written employment contract for that position, a detailed written position description and a succession plan with an implementation process. He was a member of the task force that brought about the Society’s governance change in 2011. Most recently, he has been engaged with the founding of the new SAME Foundation and serves on its Board of Directors as well as the Board of the Society. Rosen’s primary field of law is construction and engineering law and related procurement and administrative law. With the Society, he has developed expertise in the field of association law. In his private practice, Rosen has represented construction contractors and design engineers. He also has represented owners, including governmental bodies. His construction contract law experiences have involved defense projects, water and sewage treatment plants, building projects, and heavy and highway projects.  He has served as counsel to joint ventures with large military overseas projects.

Rosen earned three degrees from George Washington University, including a Bachelors of Business Administration, a Juris Doctor Degree, and a Master’s Degree in Procurement Law. He is admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Pennsylvania. Rosen has been accorded annually for the past 26 years the highest lawyer rating for legal ability and professional standards and ethics granted by Martindale Hubbell.

While still in law school, he began work as a legal assistant with the Army Corps of Engineers. Upon admission to the bar of Pennsylvania in 1968, he was promoted to attorney advisor. Rosen left the Corps in 1970 and joined a law firm in Washington, DC that had been founded by two Union Army general officers following the close of the Civil War to assist land and property owners seeking government redress for takings and injuries during that War. The firm later became one of the first law firms in the Nation to specialize in the field of construction law. In 1992 he co-founded with E. Manning Seltzer, former General Counsel of the Corps of Engineers, the law firm of Seltzer and Rosen in Washington, DC.

Rosen became a Member of the Society in 1976. In 1986, he was selected as a Fellow of the Society. He is also a Life Member.


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