C.W. “Bill” Young Freedom Medal 

Charles William Young, more commonly known as C.W. Bill Young, was an American politician who served in the United States House of Representatives from 1971 to 2013. A Republican from Florida, Young served as chairman of the House Committee on Appropriations from 1999 to 2005. He was the longest-serving Republican member of Congress at the time of his death.

The Florida Defense Contractors Association C.W “Bill” Young Freedom Medal is presented to individuals exhibiting a distinguished career serving the needs of our US fighting forces.

Recognizing that a strong defense industry within the state of Florida directly supports our nation’s international obligations and commitments, the recipients have actively pursued supportive policies and outcomes. With a steady hand and a keen sense of purpose, they have forged strong, resilient and collaborative military and defense industrial relationships.

Recipients demonstrate a selfless dedication and commitment to the men and women of the US armed forces
and truly embody the patriotic spirit of Rep C.W “Bill” Young.

C.W. “Bill” Young Freedom Medal Previous Recipients

2020 - Mario Diaz-Balart, US Representative, Florida

2018 - Rick Scott, Governor, Florida

2016 - Michael S. Wilson, President, General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems (Retired)