Retired Brigadier General H. J. Dalton Jr., APR, Fellow PRSA, the first communications professional to head the U.S. Air Forceâ€™s Pentagon-based public affairs operation, discusses his receiving the 2007 PRSA Gold Anvil Award.
Retired Brigadier General H. J. (Jerry) Dalton Jr., APR, Fellow PRSA, the first communications professional to head the U.S. Air Forceâ€™s Pentagon-based public affairs operation, will receive the Public Relations Society of Americaâ€™s (PRSA) 2007 Gold Anvil Award, the highest individual honor, at the PRSA 2007 International Conference, Oct. 20â€“23, in Philadelphia.
A native Texan, Dalton retired in 1980 after a 30-year career as a combat-decorated Air Force veteran. He spent his last five years in uniform as director of public affairs, reporting to the Air Force chief of staff and the secretary of the Air Force. He subsequently retired again after 15 years in executive-level corporate communication assignments for Electronic Data Systems, The LTV Corporation and Vought Aircraft. He spent another three years as an independent consultant.
Dalton also made time for serving PRSA, PRSSA and the public relations profession through myriad volunteer initiatives. Known for an inclusive, collaborative nature and crisis management skills, Dalton was elected national PRSA president in 1990. He became a PRSA member in 1976 and was awarded his Accreditation in Public Relations the following year. Since 1983, he has served as a member of The Champions for PRSSA, an organization for current or retired professionals who seek to better studentsâ€™ education in public relations by supporting, financially and otherwise, scholarships and awards programs for public relations students.