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Trump presents Medal of Freedom to retired general

Four-star General Jack Keane, now a national security analyst for Fox News, will receive the Medal of Freedom from President Donald Trump.
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FILE - In this June 21, 2019, file photo former Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army Gen. Jack Keane, speaks to activists gathered at the State Department in Washington. The White House says President Donald Trump will present the highest civilian honor he can bestow to Keane. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

WASHINGTON — The White House says President Donald Trump will present the highest civilian honor he can bestow to retired four-star Gen. Jack Keane on Tuesday.

The ceremony is expected to take place at 4:30 p.m. EST.

Keane served as the chief operating officer of the Army for more than four years and directed 1.5 million soldiers and civilians in 120 countries. He was in the Pentagon when terrorists crashed a jetliner into the building on Sept. 11, 2001, and he provided oversight and support for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

He now serves as a national security analyst for Fox News.

Press secretary Stephanie Grisham said in announcing the next Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient that Keane “has devoted his life to keeping America safe and strong.”

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This prestigious award is the Nation’s highest civilian honor, which may be awarded by the President to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.

General Jack Keane is a retired four-star general, former Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Army, and a well-respected foreign policy and national security expert. He has earned many awards over the years, including two Defense Distinguished Service Medals, five Legions of Merit, two Army Distinguished Service Medals, the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, and the Ronald Reagan Peace Through Strength Award, according to the White House.