American Defense International (ADI) is pleased to announce that its Chairman, Van Hipp, will be receiving the Leadership Award for National Security at this year’s Queen Elizabeth II September 11th Garden Gala. The Queen Elizabeth II September 11th Garden was christened by HM Queen Elizabeth II on July 6, 2010, in New York City to honor the British and Commonwealth victims of the attacks of September 11, 2001.
An additional mission of the memorial is to celebrate the ties of friendship and unity between the United States of America, the Commonwealth countries and the United Kingdom. In fact, HRH Prince Edward participated in an event at the memorial in 2015 in honor of VE Day.
The Gala will take place at Gotham Hall in New York City on April 18th at 6pm. Former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper will give the keynote address. If you are interested in attending, please let us know and we will put you in contact with the appropriate staff at the Queen Elizabeth II September 11 Garden Foundation.
Illustrious political and consulting career
In 1986, Van Hipp Jr. served as the chairman of the Republican Party of South Carolina. He remained the chair until 1989. While chairman, he also served as a member of the Presidential Electoral College.
After leaving the chairmanship of the South Carolina Republican Party, Hipp was appointed, under former President George H.W. Bush, to deputy assistant secretary of the Army. During his tenure as deputy assistant secretary he helped to oversee the deployment of Army reservists in Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm. He was also named principal deputy general counsel of the Navy by then-Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney (R). In 1993, Hipp stepped down from his position with the Navy.
In 2002, former South Carolina Governor Jim Hodges (D) appointed Hipp ambassador of economic development networks.He also served on the President’s Council of the National Safe Skies Alliance. In 2015, he published The New Terrorism: How to Fight It and Defeat It, proceeds of which go to the National Guard Educational Foundation. Hipp is active in traveling throughout the country speaking on issues of defense and foreign policy.
Hipp has been a member of the advisory board of the Visual Telecommunications Network, Inc., Cytta Corp., National Capital Salvation Army as well as the Visitors of Charleston Southern University board. He also served as chairman of the Salvation Army Board of Advisors in Alexandria, Virginia, and serves on the boards of the American Conservative Union and the Palmetto Policy Forum.