Scene in D.C.: Kissinger, Rometty, Tillerson, Scowcroft

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Virginia Rometty, chairman and CEO, International Business Machines Corp., greets Albert C. Zimmerman, president and COO at EPS Corporation and executive committee chairman of National Defense University Foundation.

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Brent Scowcroft, former national security adviser, center, with Nina Pillsbury and Philip Pillsbury, a retired foreign service officer. Close

Brent Scowcroft, former national security adviser, center, with Nina Pillsbury and Philip Pillsbury, a retired foreign service officer.

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Rex Tillerson, chairman and CEO of Exxon Mobil Corp., and Daniel Poneman, Deputy Secretary of Energy. Close

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James Holmes, president of the American Turkish Council, and Ralph Crosby, the former CEO of EADS North America. Close

James Holmes, president of the American Turkish Council, and Ralph Crosby, the former CEO of EADS North America.

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Ashton Carter, deputy secretary of defense, and Brent Scowcroft, former national security adviser. Close

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Steve Clemons, editor at large of The Atlantic and Quartz, talks with Henry Kissinger, former secretary of state, and Nancy Kissinger. Close

Steve Clemons, editor at large of The Atlantic and Quartz, talks with Henry Kissinger, former secretary of state, and Nancy Kissinger.

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Brent Scowcroft, the evening's honoree, and Henry Kissinger, former secretary of state. Close

Brent Scowcroft, the evening's honoree, and Henry Kissinger, former secretary of state.

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Katherine Griffin Hand, vice president of special projects at the National Defense University Foundation, Robin Lineberger, Deloitte's CEO of federal government services, and Terry Lineberger. Close

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April Ross, professional volleyball player and 2016 Olympics hopeful, far right, with Robert Puccini, president of Mizuno USA, Emily Adams Knight, assistant business unit manager of Mizuno USA, and Harper Cornell, public relations manager of Mizuno USA. Close

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Everyone had a Brent Scowcroft story last night.

Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger said he and the onetime national security adviser had been friends for more than 40 years. Rex Tillerson, chairman and chief executive officer of Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM), said he got to know the general through the Scowcroft Group and other organizations.

They were among guests at the Ritz-Carlton in Washington for a tribute dinner where Scowcroft, 87, received the Lifetime International Statesman and Business Advocate Award from the National Defense University Foundation.

“He’s a giant of the 20th century” and “architect of the Gulf War,” said Philip Pillsbury, a retired Foreign Service officer and a great grandson of Pillsbury Co. (GIS) founder Charles Alfred Pillsbury.

“I was a nobody, but he treated me like part of the delegation,” said Ashton Carter, deputy secretary of defense, reminiscing on a trip the two took to Moscow in 1983.

Guests mingling during the cocktail reception included Ginni Rometty, chairman and president of International Business Machines Corp. (IBM); The Atlantic’s Steve Clemons, sitting with Kissinger and his wife, Nancy; and Ralph D. Crosby, the former chairman of EADS North America, who noted that Scowcroft was “a fellow West Pointer”; and Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman.

EADS CEO Sean O’Keefe was present, as was Deloitte’s CEO of federal government services, Robin Lineberger, who attended with his wife, Terry.

Guests enjoyed a meal of rare seared tuna, pomegranate glazed duck breast and chocolate tart with peppermint ice cream.

The tributes went late into the evening, prompting Scowcroft to joke that breakfast was about to be served when he delivered the closing remarks.

Health Fitness

Herschel Walker, Mia Hamm and Olympic beach-volleyball player April Ross were some of the athletes at the party Tuesday night on the eve of National Health Through Fitness Day.

The reception at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center was hosted by the Sports and Fitness Industry Association, a trade organization for companies such as Nike Inc. (NKE) and Converse Inc.

Paul Rosenlund, an attorney with Duane Morris LLP, said he would show former Los Angeles Dodger Jeff Kent around Capitol Hill.

Kent anticipated learning about the legislative process while lobbying for federal funding for physical-education programs in schools and advocating sports as preventive health care.

“I’m a sponge,” he said.

(Stephanie Green is a writer and photographer for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. Any opinions expressed are her own.)

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