December 4, 2018
CACI Honors the Legacy of 41st President George H. W. Bush (1924 – 2018)
41st President George Herbert Walker Bush made a powerful and positive impact on our nation and its leadership in preserving democracy and world peace.
CACI proudly honors the legacy of 41st President George Herbert Walker Bush. As a war hero, public servant, and statesman, President Bush made a powerful and positive impact on our nation and its leadership in preserving democracy and world peace.
A member of the “Greatest Generation,” George H. W. Bush was a true American patriot. Six months after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy on his 18th birthday and became its youngest pilot, ultimately flying 58 combat missions.
After being shot down over the Pacific and rescued by a U.S. submarine, Bush was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for bravery in action. Upon leaving the military, he enrolled in Yale and later went into the oil business in Texas. Once he had established a thriving company, he devoted the second half of his life to public service.
A member of the “Greatest Generation,” President Bush was the youngest pilot in the U.S. Navy when he joined during World War II in 1942.
In the political arena, Bush won consecutive terms in the U.S. House of Representatives in 1966 and 1968. He later became America’s ambassador to the UN, chairman of the national Republican Party, and director of the CIA before Ronald Reagan tapped him to become his Vice President in 1980. After Reagan’s turns in office, in 1988 Bush scored a decisive victory over challenger Michael Dukakis to become the 41st President of the United States.
During his Presidency, Bush oversaw the end of the Cold War and led an international coalition to push the Iraqi army out of Kuwait. His matchless expertise in foreign policy assured the U.S. of a strong and vital role in world affairs.
After losing the 1992 presidential election to Bill Clinton, Bush bowed out of public life, but remained committed to public service. This included supporting a number of humanitarian causes, such as raising money for the victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004 and Hurricane Katrina in 2005. He also received awards and honors that included the Medal of Freedom and an honorary knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II, and had a U.S. Navy Nimitz-class super-carrier commissioned in his name.
“CACI is honored to have served the government during the administration of 41st President George H. W. Bush,” said CACI Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board Dr. J.P. (Jack) London, who, like Bush, served as a U.S. Navy aviator. “President Bush was a steadfast patriot and a courageous advocate and defender of America’s freedoms and its place as a world leader. We join all Americans in honoring his life and his legacy.”