Former Secretary of State James Baker III receives George Bush Award for Excellence in Public Service

Former Secretary of State James Baker III receives George Bush Award for Excellence in Public Service

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A key member of the George H.W. Bush White House was recognized for his selfless service to the United States.

James A. Baker III was awarded the George Bush Award for Excellence in Public Service by the George and Barbara Bush Foundation, Wednesday, Oct. 27. Baker worked in the cabinet of three presidential administrations, one of which as chief of staff and secretary of state for former President H.W. Bush.

“The George Bush Award for Excellence in Public Service recognizes an individual’s or group’s dedication to public service at the local, state, national or international levels,” the foundation’s website reads.

Baker’s most notable contribution was as the secretary of state during the first three years of the H.W. Bush presidency. As secretary of state, he saw the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Persian Gulf War and the collapse of the Soviet Union. During the 1991 Gulf War, Baker led the formation of a coalition of 35 countries against the Iraqi invasion and occupation of Kuwait. This coalition led to one of the most decisive military victories in U.S. history.

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