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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Chuck Hardaway, past commanding general of AWG, to receive Maple Valley's top award


Chuck Hardaway, a past commanding general of the AWG, will be receiving the city of Maple Valley's highest and most prestigious award, the Maple Valley Golden Leaf Award, in a ceremony on May 29 at 7 p.m. at the Wilderness Lodge near Maple Valley.

Hardaway has a long record of distinguished community service in addition to his past work with the Association of Washington Generals.  A recent biography of Hardaway is below. He will be honored by a proclamation by the city council in a special ceremony at the lodge.

Members of the AWG are welcome - and even encouraged - to attend the ceremony, according to Commanding General Ralph Ibarra.

Hardaway's spouse, Marge, said the award is a surprise to Chuck so mum's the word!   

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Chuck Hardaway and his wife of more than 55 years have lived in Maple Valley, Washington for well over 30 years. He is was the commander of the Association of Washington Generals between 2004 and 2007. Chuck served on the Tahoma School Board over ten years, the Greater Maple Valley Area Council for seven years, and the Maple Valley City Council for two years. He was chairman of the Seattle-King County Private Industry Council and on the board of directors of the Kent Business Development Center.

In 1990, Chuck was Maple Valley’s Citizen of the Year at Large. Governor Christine Gregoire of the State of Washington declared by proclamation December 19, 2005 as “Commander General Chuck Hardaway Day,” and the City of Maple Valley proclaimed December 20, 2005 as “Chuck Hardaway Day” to honor him for his distinctive service to nation, state, and the local community. He has been knighted into the Order of the Knights of Rizal from the Philippines and appointed as an Arkansas Traveler and Ambassador of Goodwill by Governor Mike Huckabee for contribution to the progress, enjoyment, and well-being of the state of Arkansas and her people. He was also commissioned a Kentucky Colonel by the Commonwealth of Kentucky.


Chuck holds a Master of Business Administration Degree from George Washington University and is a retired United States Air Force officer, flying over 100 combat missions in Vietnam. He has received numerous awards, including the Distinguished Flying Cross, seven Air Medals, the Meritorious Service Medal, three Air Force Commendation Medals, and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry.

He has been a co-owner of a real estate company and a computer company, both based in Kent, Washington, and was chief of staff of the Washington State Democratic Caucus. For the past 10 years, Chuck has written a weekly “One man’s opinion” column for the Voice of the Valley newspaper.

The Hardaways have one son, John, who graduated from the United States Naval Academy and is a commander in the United States Navy. John is an ophthalmologist and Director of Surgical Services at the Naval Hospital Bremerton in the state of Washington.

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