Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah died last week. President Obama is traveling to Saudi Arabia to pay respects personally, John Kerry praised Abdullah as a man of “vision and wisdom,” and now the Pentagon is honoring him this way:

The essay contest was established by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Dempsey and will be open to National Defense University students:

The competition, to be hosted at the National Defense University over the next academic year, will focus on issues related to the Arab and Muslim worlds, according to the official DOD News.

“This is an important opportunity to honor the memory of the king, while also fostering scholarly research on the Arab-Muslim world, and I can think of no better home for such an initiative than NDU,” Dempsey said in a statement.

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