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One of the most prestigious awards given by the Alumni Association, this award recognizes an alumnus or alumna who has excelled in his or her profession and has contributed to Arizona State University and/or the ASU Alumni Association and the community. The award was established in 1964.
This year, the award honors all Sun Devil alumni who have served in each of the five branches of the U.S. military. The highest ranking official in each branch who is also an ASU alum is accepting the award.
Brig. Gen. Mark C. "Marshal" Dillon was commissioned in 1984 through Officer Training School, after graduating with a degree in aerospace engineering from ASU’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. He began his career as a space shuttle systems engineer. A distinguished graduate from undergraduate pilot training, Dillon has commanded the 22nd Airlift Squadron at Travis Air Force Base, Calif.; the 782nd Expeditionary Airlift Squadron, which was the first C-5 combat deployment into Afghanistan; the 97th Operations Group, at Altus Air Force Base, Okla.; the 60th Air Mobility Wing, Travis Air Force Base; and the 86th Airlift Wing, at Ramstein Air Base, Germany.
In addition to his air command assignments, Dillon also has completed staff assignments at U.S. Air Force headquarters and as the U.S. Transportation Command liaison to U.S. Southern Command. Currently, he works in the Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force for International Affairs in Washington, D.C., managing the Air Force's direct liaison with foreign government officials, Washington agency counterparts, and representatives of the aerospace industry to implement Air Force security cooperation programs.
Dillon is a command pilot with more than 3,500 flying hours. He has a master’s degree in aeronautical science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and a master’s in national strategic studies from the Air War College. He is a distinguished graduate of the Air Command and Staff College. His decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Medal and the National Defense Service Medal.