Veteran and LGBT activist Sue Fulton to receive award

Brenda "Sue" Fulton
Brenda "Sue" Fulton - archive photo 2015
Motor Vehicle Administrator, Brenda ‘Sue’ Fulton, was one of the first women to graduate from West Point

Brenda ‘Sue’ Fulton, a graduate of the United States Military Academy and a long-time LGBT civil rights activist, has been awarded the 2018 HOOAH award. The HOOAH award is given annually by the National Conference on Citizenship. The award is recognizes distinguished former service members who empower the next generation of military veterans to serve beyond their time in uniform. “Hooah” refers to the Army battle cry used by its soldiers.

Fulton, who graduated from West Point in 1980, was a member of the first USMA class to admit women. She was honorably discharged as a Captain before becoming an integral part of the advocacy to repeal “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” and to fight a ban on transgender service members. Fulton currently serves as the Chair and Chief Administrator of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission. She is the first openly-gay member of a New Jersey state agency.

“Sue Fulton is a trailblazer who throughout her career has demonstrated remarkable leadership and persistence in efforts to expand the opportunities for military service for women and for members of the LGBT community,” said Sterling Speirn, chief executive officer for the National Conference on Citizenship. “Her public service includes work with two U.S. Presidents, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and now the Governor and people of New Jersey. This is matched by her pioneering efforts as a founder and leader for nonprofit organizations including Knights Out, OutServe and SPARTA.”

Fulton will receive the award during the Annual Conference on Citizenship, taking place on Wednesday, October 17.