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Former Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley gives comments after accepting the W. Stuart Symington Award during the United States Air Force Anniversary Dinner Sept. 18, 2013, at the National Harbor, Washington, D.C. The dinner celebrated the 66th Anniversary of the Air Force during the Air Force Association's 2013 Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition. AFA sponsors the annual conference to promote professional development in support of the total Air Force. Named after the first Secretary of the Air Force the W. Stuart Symington award is presented for the most significant contribution by a civilian in the field of national defense. (U.S. Air Force photo/Jim Varhegyi)

Former Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley gives comments after accepting the W. Stuart Symington Award during the United States Air Force Anniversary Dinner Sept. 18, 2013, at the National Harbor, Washington, D.C. The dinner celebrated the 66th Anniversary of the Air Force during the Air Force Association's 2013 Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition. AFA sponsors the annual conference to promote professional development in support of the total Air Force. Named after the first Secretary of the Air Force the W. Stuart Symington award is presented for the most significant contribution by a civilian in the field of national defense. (U.S. Air Force photo/Jim Varhegyi)

Former Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley gives comments after accepting the W. Stuart Symington Award during the United States Air Force Anniversary Dinner Sept. 18, 2013, at the National Harbor, Washington, D.C. The dinner celebrated the 66th Anniversary of the Air Force during the Air Force Association's 2013 Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition. AFA sponsors the annual conference to promote professional development in support of the total Air Force. Named after the first Secretary of the Air Force the W. Stuart Symington award is presented for the most significant contribution by a civilian in the field of national defense. (U.S. Air Force photo/Jim Varhegyi)

Former Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley gives comments after accepting the W. Stuart Symington Award during the United States Air Force Anniversary Dinner Sept. 18, 2013, at the National Harbor, Washington, D.C. The dinner celebrated the 66th Anniversary of the Air Force during the Air Force Association's 2013 Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition. AFA sponsors the annual conference to promote professional development in support of the total Air Force. Named after the first Secretary of the Air Force the W. Stuart Symington award is presented for the most significant contribution by a civilian in the field of national defense. (U.S. Air Force photo/Jim Varhegyi)

Former Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley (right) looks on as his wife Gail (center) shows her surprise after the Air Force Association's Chairman of the Board George Muellner (left) announced the new Mike and Gail Donley Special Scholarship Program during the United States Air Force Anniversary Dinner Sept. 18, 2013, at the National Harbor, Washington, D.C. The dinner celebrated the 66th Anniversary of the Air Force during the Air Force Association's 2013 Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition. AFA sponsors the annual conference to promote professional development in support of the total Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo/Jim Varhegyi)

Former Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley (right) looks on as his wife Gail (center) shows her surprise after the Air Force Association's Chairman of the Board George Muellner (left) announced the new Mike and Gail Donley Special Scholarship Program during the United States Air Force Anniversary Dinner Sept. 18, 2013, at the National Harbor, Washington, D.C. The dinner celebrated the 66th Anniversary of the Air Force during the Air Force Association's 2013 Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition. AFA sponsors the annual conference to promote professional development in support of the total Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo/Jim Varhegyi)

Former Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley (right) looks on as his wife Gail (center) shows her surprise after the Air Force Association's Chairman of the Board George Muellner (left) announced the new Mike and Gail Donley Special Scholarship Program during the United States Air Force Anniversary Dinner Sept. 18, 2013, at the National Harbor, Washington, D.C. The dinner celebrated the 66th Anniversary of the Air Force during the Air Force Association's 2013 Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition. AFA sponsors the annual conference to promote professional development in support of the total Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo/Jim Varhegyi)

Former Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley (right) looks on as his wife Gail (center) shows her surprise after the Air Force Association's Chairman of the Board George Muellner (left) announced the new Mike and Gail Donley Special Scholarship Program during the United States Air Force Anniversary Dinner Sept. 18, 2013, at the National Harbor, Washington, D.C. The dinner celebrated the 66th Anniversary of the Air Force during the Air Force Association's 2013 Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition. AFA sponsors the annual conference to promote professional development in support of the total Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo/Jim Varhegyi)

Attendees sing the Air Force song as the Air Force Association culminated the 2013 Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition by hosting the United States Air Force Anniversary Dinner on Sept. 18, 2013, at the National Harbor, Washington, D.C. The dinner celebrated the 66th Anniversary of the Air Force. The AFA sponsors the annual  conference to promote professional development in support of the total Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo/Jim Varhegyi)(released)

Attendees sing the Air Force song as the Air Force Association culminated the 2013 Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition by hosting the United States Air Force Anniversary Dinner on Sept. 18, 2013, at the National Harbor, Washington, D.C. The dinner celebrated the 66th Anniversary of the Air Force. The AFA sponsors the annual conference to promote professional development in support of the total Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo/Jim Varhegyi)(released)

NATIONAL HARBOR, Washington D.C. (AFNS) -- Former Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley was awarded the W. Stuart Symington Award Sept. 18. Named after the first Secretary of the Air Force the W. Stuart Symington Award is presented for the most significant contribution by a civilian in the field of national defense.

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