The American College of Financial Services Names General Peter Pace as 2017 Soldier-Citizen Award Recipient


The American College of Financial Services has announced that General Peter Pace will be the 2017 Soldier-Citizen Award recipient. Pace, a highly decorated, retired Marine Corps veteran and 16th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will receive the award during a ceremony on August 24 at The College's fourth annual veterans networking and fundraising event, "The Clambake," at Normandy Farm in Blue Bell, Pa.

"We are proud to honor General Pace with this award," said Ted Digges, Executive Director of The American College Penn Mutual Center for Veterans Affairs and chair of the selection committee. "He perfectly embodies what this award celebrates: sacrifice, success and service. He is an inspiration for so many, especially the veterans in our scholarship program pursuing success in their second careers."

General Pace was sworn in as 16th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on Sept. 30, 2005. In this capacity, he served as the principal military advisor to the President, the Secretary of Defense, the National Security Council, and the Homeland Security Council. Prior to becoming Chairman, he served four years as Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. General Pace holds the distinction of being the first Marine to have served in either of these positions.

In June 2008, General Pace was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor a President can bestow. He also served as chairman of the board for Wall Street Warfighters Foundation, an organization that provides training support and job placement services for veterans interested in careers in the financial services industry. He is currently on the board of Academy Securities, as well as the board of the Armed Forces Benefit Association.

The Soldier-Citizen Award was established in 2014 to recognize extraordinary individuals who have served honorably in the United States military, have achieved success in the financial services profession, and have selflessly given back to society and their community.

About The American College of Financial Services

The American College of Financial Services was founded in 1927 and is the nation's largest non-profit educational institution devoted to financial services. Holding the highest level of academic accreditation, The College has educated one in five financial advisors across the United States and offers prestigious financial planning designations such as the Retirement Income Certified Professional® (RICP®), Chartered Life Underwriter® (CLU®), Chartered Financial Consultant® (ChFC®) and education leading to the Certified Financial Planner® (CFP®). It recently approved conferral of PhD degrees to the first class of graduates of that program. The College's faculty represents some of the foremost thought leaders of the financial services profession. For more information, visit

About The American College Penn Mutual Center for Veterans Affairs

The American College Penn Mutual Center for Veterans Affairs provides educational support and career opportunities to eligible men, women, and their spouses who have served in the armed services of the United States. To learn more about the Center and scholarship opportunities, visit

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