WASHINGTON – On February 25th, at the African-American Civil War Museum in Washington, DC, the Republican National Committee (RNC) hosted a reception to recognize the courage, sacrifice and dedication of our nation’s black military veterans. RNC Co-Chairman Sharon Day presented the Lincoln-Douglass award, jointly named for our first Republican president and for Frederick Douglass, to Commander Vincent D. McBeth, a retired Navy Officer with a distinguished career that includes serving as a White House Fellow to President George W. Bush, Special Assistant to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and Aide to three Secretaries of the Navy.
As part of the evening reception emceed by Micah Edmond, a Marine Corps veteran, the RNC paid tribute to the history-making Harlem Hellfighters. In attendance were black veterans from all military conflicts from Vietnam through current operations.
“Our country owes so much to the black veterans who served honorably and sacrificed greatly. We must always remember their many contributions, sacrifices and stories. They have earned our deepest appreciation and respect,” said Chairman Reince Priebus.
Addressing the attendees, RNC Co-Chairman Sharon Day said, “We are forever grateful as a country for the extraordinary courage, dedication, and sacrifices made by black Americans in our military and the symbolism this award represents. On behalf of Republicans across the country, I would like to say thank you to our black veterans and their families. May God Bless our proud military men and women and their families.”
RNC Co-Chairman Sharon Day presented the Lincoln-Douglass award to McBeth for his military service and staunch commitment to America’s veterans. McBeth remarked, “My father and my father-in-law were veterans of World War II, my brother served in the first Gulf War, and my uncles served from Pearl Harbor to Korea. For me, this recognition honors them and their examples of selfless service in defense of freedom. It is also homage to all who answered the call and took up arms for this great nation we are all so fortunate to call home.”
About Commander Vincent D. McBeth, U.S. Navy (Retired), U.S. Naval Academy, Class of 1987
Vince McBeth served as a White House Fellow to President George W. Bush, Special Assistant to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and Aide to three Secretaries of the Navy. At sea, he commanded USS McCampbell (DDG-85) and USS Tempest (PC-2). He served second-in-command, department head, and division officer assignments in five warships. Ashore, he served as Special Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Chief of Naval Operations, and the Vice Chief of Naval Operations. He is the founder and president of The McBeth Group, an aerospace and defense consulting firm. A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Commander McBeth was an officer of the Brigade Staff and Captain of the Navy Football team. He earned a Masters degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, in conjunction with Harvard University, and a Masters in National Security Strategy from the National War College.
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