WASHINGTON -- The Tuskegee Airmen Scholarship Foundation presented NASA Administrator Charles Bolden with the Gen. James H. "Jimmy" Doolittle Memorial Award at the organization's Gold Medal Gala Thursday in Los Angeles.
Bolden is the first recipient of this award, which honors Gen. Doolittle's leadership as a founding board member of what began as the Tuskegee Airmen Scholarship Fund. The foundation presented the award to Bolden, a retired Marine Corps major general, for his outstanding military service, expert management as NASA's 12th administrator and qualities of leadership that Gen. Doolittle practiced.
"I am honored to accept this award because my journey has been inspired by the example of courage and dedication against long odds that the Tuskegee aviators represent," Bolden said. "In addition to the example of my parents, I was fortunate to follow in the footsteps of the Tuskegee Airmen and serve my country as a Marine, an astronaut and now as head of NASA."
For more information about Administrator Bolden, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/about/highlights/bolden_bio.html