Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has been named the 2011 recipient of the Liberty Medal.
Established in 1988 to commemorate the bicentennial of the U.S. Constitution, the medal is given annually to “men and women of courage and conviction who strive to secure the blessings of liberty to people around the world.”
Gates was sworn into his position in late 2006 after serving as president of Texas A&M University. He first spent more than a quarter-century with the CIA.
He’s already won the National Security Medal, the Presidential Citizens Medal, the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal and the Distinguished Intelligence Medal.