Robert Gates to receive patriot award

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, a Wichita native, was named today as recipient of the 2010 American Patriot Award.

He will be presented the award by the National Defense University Foundation on Nov. 5 at the Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C.

A 1961 graduate of Wichita East High School, Gates has been secretary of defense since December 2006. His previous duties include working for the Central Intelligence Agency and serving on the National Security Council.

Past recipients of the award include Bob Dole, George H.W. Bush and Henry Kissinger.