University News Service

Capt. Brian S. Carter of Bryan was recently awarded the Douglas MacArthur Freedom Medal at a banquet held at Howard Payne University.

The Douglas MacArthur Freedom Medal was established by Dr. Guy D. Newman at the inception of the Douglas MacArthur Academy of Freedom honors program. The medal has been awarded on special occasions by HPU presidents to honor individuals for their role in preserving Judeo-Christian values, Western heritage and free enterprise system.

“Capt. Brian S. Carter was chosen to receive the award in honor of his service in the Marine Corps, including his recent tour of duty in Iraq,” said Dr. Justin Murphy, director of the Academy of Freedom and professor of history at HPU. Carter is a commissioned officer for the Marines, having served from 1999-2003 and 2006-2007 extensively throughout Asia and the Middle East in command and staff positions.

Carter earned his Bachelor of Science degree in political science and American history from the Douglas MacArthur Academy of Freedom at HPU in 1999. He then went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Administration from the George H.W. Bush School of Government and Political Science at Texas A&M University.

From 2004-2005, Carter was in the Inactive Marine Corps Reserve while he completed his master’s degree and worked as an associate for the International Business Consulting Firm, the Scowcroft Group in Washington, D.C.

There, he monitored and analyzed geopolitical developments around the globe, provided research support and written reports to the principal staff and performed in-country market analysis in Mexico.

He also has international experience in Russia, Ukraine, Israel, Iraq, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Australia, The Philippines, South Korea, Thailand, East Timor, Guam and Mexico.

“We are very proud of Capt. Carter and thankful for his military service in defense of our nation’s freedoms,” said Dr. Lanny Hall, university president. “He has brought honor and recognition to his alma mater and to the Academy of Freedom.”

Past recipients of the Freedom Medal include former President George H.W. Bush, radio personality Paul Harvey, comedian Bob Hope, CNN journalist Jim Angle and Chick-fil-A founder S. Truett Cathey.