The Major General James Earl Rudder Medal, given to a current or former member of the U.S. Army Reserve for advancing a seamless and component-integrated Army, is awarded to retired Col. Olin Brewster, a U.S. Army Reserve Ambassador since 2006.
Brewster retired after 29 years of combined active and reserve duty that began when he was commissioned in 1966 as part of the corps of cadets at Texas A&M University, where the president was retired Maj. Gen. Rudder, for whom the award is named.
After retiring in 2006 from civil service, Brewster continued to serve in military-related and civilian programs, including being a charter member and past chairman of the San Antonio Community Action Committee, which assists Army recruiting battalions, and the national nonprofit Our Community Salutes, which supports high school seniors who enlist in the military.
“Olin Finley Brewster has left an enduring imprint on the success of the Army, the Army Reserve, and so many other efforts that have contributed to the success of the U.S. Army within the Fort Sam Houston and Joint Base San Antonio footprint as well as the state of Texas,” said retired Lt. Col. Rich Stinson, president of AUSA’s Alamo Chapter.
We are honored to have Findley among us every day as he supports some of the most impactful work that comes from our institute. Congratulations on this prestigious and well-deserving award.