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2017 Hall of Achievement Award
Col. Susan S. Sandner Gibson ’81

Appointed in 2016 by President Obama, Susan Sandner Gibson is the inspector general for the National Reconnaissance Office. In announcing Gibson's appointment as the first presidentially appointed and Senate-confirmed inspector general of the National Reconnaissance Office, the office's director cited her "extensive intelligence community experience and superior integrity."

Headquartered in northern Virginia, the National Reconnaissance Office is the federal agency in charge of designing, building, launching and maintaining America’s intelligence satellites. It is one of the main U.S. intelligence agencies.

Prior to joining the NRO, Gibson was principal deputy general counsel for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, where she provided legal guidance on intelligence reform, government procurement and fiscal law, privacy and information sharing, ethics, and administrative law. In 2015, she received a Presidential Meritorious Rank Award for her "sustained extraordinary accomplishment" as a career member of the Senior Executive Service.

Gibson served for more than 20 years in the Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps, retiring as a colonel.

Lon J. Helton ’72

Lon Helton is one of the most well-known names in country music, and at the time of his induction had received the Country Music Association’s National Broadcast Personality of the Year honor eight times, most recently in 2016.

Since its inception in 1992, Helton has been known to listeners nationwide as host of one of the format’s most popular radio series, Westwood One Radio Network’s Country Countdown USA. The host of other nationally broadcast country music series and specials, Helton is recognized as country radio’s best-known star interviewer.

His radio roots go back to his college days, as he worked in Monmouth as a night DJ while still a student. After working at WGIL-AM in Galesburg, moved on to radio jobs in Denver, Chicago and Los Angeles.

In 2006, Helton launched Country Aircheck as a multi-faceted news and information source. Helton is a board member of the Country Music Association, and he has served as the CMA’s president and chairman. In 2006, he was inducted into the Country DJ Hall of Fame.

Monmouth College Hall of Achievement Recipients:
2017 Col. Susan S. Sandner Gibson ’81
2017 Lon J. Helton ’72
2016 Karin Loya ’63
2016 Dwight Tierney ’69
2015 Major General John Huston '48
2015 Karen Bush Watts '65
2014 Dr. Tom Ulmet '64
2013 Frederick W. Wackerle ’61
2012 Datuk Dr. Md. Hamzah Bin Md. Kassim ’76
2011 Jerry Mitchell ’67
2010 Dr. Kennedy Reed ’67
2009 Joe Tait ’59
2008 Frank Fitch ’51
2007 Gerald A. Marxman
2006 Maj. Gen. Stephen T. Johnson
2005 William L. Trubeck ’68
2004 Major General Philip G. Killey, Jr. ’63
2002 Roger J. Fritz ’50
2001 Timothy G. Lee ’61
2000 James B. Stockdale ’46
1998 Stanley E. Chism ’63
Joan L. Rezner Gundersen ’68
Robert C. Mabry, Jr. ’70
1997 William J. Winslade ’63
1995 Gordon F. Huber ’43
H. Betty Oberstar ’43
K Marie Stolba ’44
Makoto Tsuda ’43
1994 Robert H. Meneilly ’45
H. Donald Winbigler ’31
1993 Kenneth E. Bailey ’52
Dean E. Fischer ’58
Patricia J. Hofstetter ’48
1992 Walter S. Huff, Jr. ’56
William M. LeSuer ’42
James L. Pate ’63
Harold A. Poling ’49
Helen Wagner Willey ’38