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Begich Receives Highest Civilian Award From U.S. Navy


Receives Award From Sec. of Navy Ray Mabus, Will Continue to Advocate for Arctic Operations and Security

U.S. Sen. Mark Begich received this week the United States Navy’s highest civilian award for outstanding service and work on behalf of the U.S. Navy.

The award recognizes Begich for his critical work on the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) and the Budget Committee as well as his support for the Navy’s Arctic Climate Change Task Force. The Task force ensured that combat forces were prepped for changes in the Arctic environment. 

“I’m honored to receive this distinguished award and thank Secretary Mabus for taking time out of his busy schedule to present this humbling award,” said Begich. “Our men and women in the Navy work hard and sacrifice to keep American waters and land safe every day. It has been honor to work with Sec. Mabus in ensuring our men and women in uniform have the resources they need, particularly in the ever changing Arctic landscape, to continue protecting our country.” 

This past fall Begich secured a seat on the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee where he sits on the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee.  Building on his bipartisan work to protect Alaska’s military men and women, Begich will continue to ensure the government understands the value of Alaska’s strategic geographic location to our national security and makes smart, informed decisions about our military budgets moving forward.

Begich was presented the honor during an in person meeting with U.S. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus in Begich’s office.

About the Navy Distinguished Public Service Award: The award is presented to civilians for specific courageous or heroic acts of exceptional service of substantial and long-term benefit to the Navy, Marine Corps, or Department of the Navy. It is the highest recognition the Secretary of the Navy is able to pay a civilian who is not otherwise employed by the Department of the Navy.

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