Arlington National Cemetery Visit

Arlington National Cemetery Visit

On 12 December, Dixon Center for Military and Veterans Services toured Arlington National Cemetery.

Fourteen of our leaders participated in a walking tour of our nation’s most hallowed ground. Throughout the day, our group paid tribute to those who served and sacrificed—leaders who set standards and our culture that today’s military still recognizes.

From four stars to privates as well as sites including the resting place of James Parks, a masonry vault containing the remains of 2,111 soldiers gathered from the fields of Bull Run (Manassas, VA) and the route to the Rappahannock River, Robert Todd Lincoln, John F. Kennedy and individuals we served with on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan…and so many more.

As always, it is a chance for reflection and humility. Our group also had the opportunity to visit the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Sentinels and participate in a wreath laying ceremony.

This leadership tour of Arlington National Cemetery becomes cherished moments. As Dixon Center Co-Founder, Daniel Forrester, said, “It was a day I will never forget.” A Dixon Center Command Council Member said, “Such a unique and thought-provoking opportunity.”

The purpose of this tour is to not only pay homage to those individuals resting there but also to link experiences from the past to current day behaviors and principles – ultimately, helping to shape and develop leaders.


We shared reflections from this special day that will hold true for years to come:

  • Inspiring others to action
  • Individual and team success
  • Leading by example
  • Relationships and trust
  • Indirect Versus Direct Leadership
  • Recognizing others and their contributions
  • Innovation from below
  • Tyranny of the Mundane

The lessons we have learned from those who came before us are still alive today.


Congratulations to Our Annual Awardees

Congratulations to Our Annual Awardees

“These leaders are making a positive difference on a daily basis.”

– David Sutherland,
Dixon Center for Military and Veterans Services 

On 12 December Dixon Center for Military and Veterans Services recognized organizations and individuals working to enhance the lives of veterans and their families. 

Eugene & Ruth Freedman Leadership Award 

The award is named in honor of Eugene and Ruth Freedman, whose lifetime of philanthropy continues through their family foundation and their three children, Penny Freedman, Nancy Remak and Rick Freedman. 

This year’s recipient, Hope for the Warriors, received the Freedman Award for award in recognition of the organization’s commitment to addressing the well-being of veterans and military families. Hope CEO/Co-Founder, Robin Kelleher said, “I love what I do and my staff loves what they do, and we are in partnership with Dixon Center.” 

Herbert & Carolyn Metzger Service Award 

Herb and Carolyn Metzger epitomized service and purpose in one’s community. This week, hundreds of people joined us as we presented the Metzger Award to US Army Veteran and Registered Nurse with the Coatesville VA, Jennifer Grubb. 

Jennifer’s leadership has made her community and our nation a better place, and she is a vocal advocate for veterans and their families.  

Dixon Center Chair, David Sutherland claims, “Jenn makes us all want to be more and want to do more. She is enthusiastic because improving the lives of veterans is in her soul.” 

Michael “Mick” Yauger Point Man Award 

The Honorable Patrick J. Murphy is Chair of Task Force Movement. He has served our nation in one role after another—as a soldier, as America’s first Iraq War veteran elected to the U.S. Congress, and as the 32nd Under Secretary of the Army. Today, as an entrepreneur and advocate, Patrick harnesses the power of the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to help veterans find jobs, start businesses, and secure quality health care and mental health services.  

In an Army formation on patrol, the point man takes responsibility for others and assists them as they move through challenging terrain. This award, named for the role and responsibilities displayed by Mick Yauger, recognizes the recipient’s forward leadership in supporting others through challenging times and/or transitions.  

According to Dixon Center Vice President Colonel Sam Whitehurst, “Bottom line: Secretary Murphy epitomizes the character, skills, knowledge and abilities that Mick Yauger spoke of when he discussed the Point Man in an Army formation.” 

Lou Lowenkron Commitment to Veterans Excellence Award