WASHINGTON DC – On May 12, on Capitol Hill, Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-5) received the Department of the Navy’s Distinguished Public Service Award from Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus. The award is the highest recognition the secretary can give to a civilian not employed by the Navy. It was awarded to Congressman Hoyer for his years of service to the nation and his contributions to the Navy and Marine Corps.
“I was honored to receive the Navy’s Distinguished Public Service Award from Secretary Mabus yesterday,” said Congressman Steny Hoyer. “I am committed to supporting our Sailors and Marines, men and women, and their families, who have courageously served our country and give them the recognition and benefits they have earned. I am proud to represent Naval Air Station Patuxent River and the Naval Surface Warfare Center at Indian Head in the Fifth Congressional District, and I will continue to defend these military facilities and our military. “
“This award is a testament to Congressman Hoyer’s unwavering commitment to the sailors, Marines and their families of our country. We are so fortunate to have such a strong supporter of the Navy and Marine Corps in Congress, ”said Secretary Ray Mabus.
The quote from Secretary Mabus reads:
“For outstanding service to the Department of the Navy as a member of Congress and of the House Appropriations Committee. Congressman Hoyer’s long, selfless service to the nation’s sailors and navies ensured they had the resources to support and advocate for the nation’s interests around the world. His courageous leadership as House Majority Leader, House Minority Whip, and former senior member of the Appropriations Committee has greatly contributed to the quality of the United States Naval Forces, continued quality support. of life of the men and women of the Department of the Navy. , and ensured that the Navy-Marine Corps team was the deadliest force in history. Congressman Hoyer’s tireless advocacy for U.S. maritime power has ensured the highest levels of readiness for our combat forces. With grateful recognition for his 33 years of service to the nation and his outstanding contributions to the Navy and Marine Corps, the Honorable Steny Hoyer is awarded the Distinguished Public Service Award from the Department of the Navy.
The Navy’s Distinguished Public Service Award was established in 1951 and is bestowed upon civilians for specific courageous or heroic acts or for exceptionally exceptional service of substantial and long-term benefit to the Navy and Marine Corps.