Armed Forces Insurance, the official sponsor of the 2009 Great American Patriot Award and official insurance partner of the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl, reports that the Bowl’s executive committee will present the prestigious award to the men and women of the U. S. Armed Forces.

Admiral Michael Mullen, U.S. Navy, the 17th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will accept the award on behalf of the Armed Forces on December 31, during halftime of the game. Prior to the 11 a.m. (CST) official kickoff at Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, Texas, Admiral Mullen will conduct the coin toss between the two teams, and will lead an induction ceremony for new recruits.

“As Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Admiral Mullen is the principal military advisor to the President, the Secretary of Defense, the National Security Council and the Homeland Security Council,” said Brant Ringler, executive director of the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl. “His acceptance of this award on behalf of the men and women of the U. S. Armed Forces honors his leadership and steadfast commitment to our troops and their families.”

A 1968 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Admiral Mullen has commanded three ships during his Navy career: the gasoline tanker USS Noxubee (AOG-56), the guided missile destroyer USS Goldsborough (DDG-20), and the guided missile cruiser USS Yorktown (CG-48). As a flag officer, he also commanded Cruiser-Destroyer Group 2, the George Washington Battle Group, and the U.S. 2nd Fleet/NATO Striking Fleet Atlantic.

Admiral Mullen has served in leadership positions at the Naval Academy, in the Navy's Bureau of Personnel, in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and on the Navy staff; he served as 32nd Vice Chief of Naval Operations from August 2003 to October 2004. His last operational assignment was as Commander, NATO Joint Force Command Naples and Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe. Prior to being sworn in as Chairman in October 2007, Admiral Mullen served as the 28th Chief of Naval Operations.

Armed Forces Insurance, the presenting partner of the 2009 Great American Patriot Award and Official Insurance Partner of the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl, was founded in 1887 by military leaders with a single mission: to protect the people who protect our nation. The company, headquartered in Leavenworth, Kansas, provides property/casualty insurance to military professionals throughout the United States and overseas.

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