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2024 Recipient of the Congressman Sam Johnson
Defender of Freedom Award

This prestigious recognition is awarded annually to a business leader who has demonstrated a lifetime of dedication and service, following the example of Congressman (Col. USAF) Sam Johnson, who served his country for nearly 60 years as a military officer and US Congressman, including 7 years as a prisoner of war in VietNam. The awardee will have exhibited long-standing, consistent, highly valuable support and service, particularly to causes and organizations that stand for the American values of patriotism, leadership, and selfless service.

The award winner exemplifies personal sacrifice, initiative, and courage applied to enable the defense of our nation to directly support those who “stand in the gap” for our collective security and peace.

The individual recognized and set apart for this award keenly understands that freedom is not free. He or she may not be a veteran of our armed services but has continuously taken that one step forward to ensure that the freedoms we enjoy continue to endure.

The 2024 Award Recipient, Darcy Anderson serves as the Vice Chairman of Hillwood Management, working closely with Ross Perot Jr. on the Perot family, real estate, oil and gas and investment businesses.  Darcy graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1978 and completed five years of active duty in the United States Army.  He is an advisor to the West Point Society of North Texas, a past Board Member of the West Point Association of Graduates and a member of the Service Academy Selection Boards for Congressman Marc Veasey and Congresswoman Beth Van Duyne. He also serves as a Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army (CASA) for North Texas.  He serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce; the Board of Directors of the Boy Scouts of America – Circle Ten Council in Dallas; and is a member of the Board of Directors for Comfort Systems USA. He also serves on the Texas Veterans Network Steering Committee.