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Steve Colbert to Receive Army Award Once Given Audie Murphy

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By    |   Monday, 13 Apr 2015 01:46 PM

Comedian Stephen Colbert will receive the Army's third highest civilian award, the Outstanding Civilian Service Award, from Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno at this year's Salute from the Chief ceremony at the Twilight Tattoo.

The hourlong ceremony, which also will include awards to four business and sports leaders for their service to the Army and veterans, will be held on Tuesday at Whipple Field on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall in Virginia. It will feature appearances by the soldiers from the 3rd Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) and the Army Band (Pershing's Own), as well as the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps and the Army Drill team, the Military Times reports.

Colbert, who was host of "The Colbert Report"  before recently taking over from David Letterman as host of CBS' "The Late Show," is being recognized "as an iconic member of America's entertainment industry," who has " 'built a strong relationship with our men and women in uniform' through his continued support and visits to deployed soldiers around the world, according to the Army," Military Times reported.

"His efforts brought his audience 'closer to our soldiers and their families, reinforcing the trust and support between the American people and those who serve.' "

It's not the first time Colbert has encountered Odierno, who once gave him a regulation G.I. buzz cut by order of President Barack Obama during a visit to troops in Iraq.

Among the luminaries who have received the award is Audie Murphy, the most decorated U.S. soldier of World War II, who received it in 1961 for his service as a technical adviser and actor in the Army documentary "The Broken Bridge."

Also in line to receive the award this year are D. Scott Davis, CEO of UPS; Bud Selig, former major league baseball commissioner; Morrill Worcester, president of the Worcester Wreath Co. and founder of the Wreaths Across America mission; and Matthew Zames, chief operating officer of JPMorgan Chase.

The award, Military Times reported, is presented to a civilian who has made a "substantial contribution or is of significance to the Army or to a major Army command."

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Comedian Stephen Colbert will be given the Army's third highest civilian award, the Outstanding Civilian Service Award, by Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno at Tuesday's Salute from the Chief ceremony in Virginia.
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