Medals Nominating Committee

Robin Hutton

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 Robin has spent all of her adult life working in major event productions and the motion picture business as a writer and producer. She is the author of the NY Times bestseller, Sgt Reckless: America’s War Horse, and War Animals: The Unsung Heroes of World War II. She’s President of Angels Without Wings, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit California corporation, whose DBA The Sgt. Reckless Memorial Fund has dedicated five national monuments to this great Korean War horse hero, Sgt. Reckless.  The Animals in War & Peace Medal Ceremony and a museum to honor these heroic animals is her latest passion.

Mari Lou Livingood

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 Mari Lou Livingood is the President of the Livingood Group, LLC in Washington, DC. The Livingood Group specializes in securing national partners with attention to conservation, government relations and animal rights and recognition. For over 25 years, Mari Lou has worked with non-profit organizations to advance their legislative and philanthropic goals in the Washington, DC region. 

Dr. Rich Vargus

Dr. Vargus has served with honor and distinction in a military and law enforcement career that has s

 Dr. Vargus has served with honor and distinction in a military and law enforcement career that has spanned over 45 years. Most notably with the fledgling joint terrorist task force immediately following the 911 attacks on the World Trade Center. 

He returned to active duty in 2005, last serving as the chief of law enforcement for US Central Command where he established and executed joint service and coalition canine operations.

Dr Vargus returned to retired status in 2012, assuming the duties of the Army Military Working Dog program manager, and in 2018 he was selected to lead the DOD program.

Ron Aiello

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President, US War Dogs Association, Inc.

Chris Willingham

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Lucca K458