The Army Public Affairs Association has selected SGM (retired) Larry Whitley, Sr., as the 2016 Joe Galloway Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. The award recognizes contributions to Army public affairs community specifically and to the Army and public affairs generally during a 20-plus year career.
Whitley currently serves as a public relations contractor.
“Larry has been a friend, mentor and advisor to many of us in public affairs,” said Doug Coffey, president. “From his role of sergeant major to his role as a board director of the Army Public Affairs Association, his advice has always been invaluable.”
He will be honored at the APAA annual awards dinner, June 2, at the Hilton at Mark Center, Alexandria, VA.
“Sergeant Major Whitley’s impact is significant and lasting,” said SGM Dan Coberly. “As the sergeant major of Public Affairs, he made improvements to training, equipment, organization, and effectiveness that helped build a solid foundation for PA soldiers of today affecting all active Army, Army Reserve, and Army National Guard public affairs soldiers.”
Whitley went on to a successful, high-level civilian career that serves as a positive example and inspiration to all soldiers.
After retirement from the Army in 1996, Whitley led internal and external communications for Boeing Airlift and Tanker Programs. He was the lead communicator for the Operation Homeward Bound project bringing the Reagan-era Air Force One aircraft to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library for display in its new Air Force One Pavilion.
As a contractor, he also taught Communications and Negotiations Course to senior command advisors deploying to active war zones following training at the Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.