Chesney Gold Medal Dinner

10 June 2013

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At an event co-hosted by the Royal Armouries, RUSI will present the 35th Chesney Gold Medal to General David H Petraeus, US Army (Retd), for his distinguished lifetime service and contribution to international defence and security.

For more information on this exclusive event taking place at the Tower of London, please contact Matthew Jamison at


Chesney Gold Medal

Chesney Gold MedalThe Chesney Gold Medal is the highest award in the gift of the Council of the Royal United Services Institute.

Sir George ChesneyIn 1899, the Council of the then Royal United Services Institution decided to honour the memory of the late General Sir George Chesney, KCB, Royal Engineers, with the periodic award of the Gold Medal to the author of any especially eminent work calculated to advance the military sciences and knowledge.

It was first awarded in 1900 to Captain Alfred Thayer Mahan USN, arguably the maritime equivalent of Clausewitz, and has been awarded thirty-three times since, including to Winston Churchill in 1950 and Baroness Thatcher in 2000. The purpose of the award is to mark a life-long distinguished contribution in the defence and international security fields, to the benefit of the United Kingdom and/or the international community.

2013 Recipient

Petraeus Chesney Gold Medal 2013General David H Petraeus (Retd) 

was awarded the 35th RUSI/Chesney Gold Medal at an exclusive evening event to be held at the Tower of London.

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