US Navy Honors McIntyre With Highest Civilian Award Secretary of Navy Pins McIntyre in Capitol Hill Ceremony

Secretary of the U.S. Navy, Ray Mabus, presents  U.S. Congressman Mike McIntyre with Distinguished Public Service Award

Washington, D.C. – The United States Navy recently presented U.S. Congressman Mike McIntyre with its Distinguished Public Service Award.  This is the highest civilian award that the Navy presents, and the Secretary of the Navy, Ray Mabus, personally honored Congressman McIntyre with this award in a Capitol Hill ceremony.

Congressman McIntyre stated, “I am deeply humbled and honored to receive this prestigious award, and I am thankful to have the opportunity to assist the men and women of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps in their mission.  From the sea to the air and land, the Navy and Marines work day-in and day-out guarding and protecting our freedoms and security. ”

The official citation prepared by Secretary Mabus stated – “For exceptional service to the Department of the Navy as a member of Congress, the House Armed Services Committee and the House Committee on Agriculture, Representative McIntyre’s long and selfless service to our Sailors and Marines ensured they were provided the resources necessary to support and defend the Nation’s interest around the globe.  His courageous leadership as a member of the Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces as well as the Congressional Shipbuilding, Special Operations Forces, and Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucuses directly impacted the quality of life for the men and women of the Department of the Navy, ensuring that the Navy-Marine Corps team was the most lethal force in history.  Representative McIntyre’s ardent advocacy of ship building programs and support for Navy energy initiatives assured the highest levels of readiness for our combat forces.  With grateful appreciation for his many years of public service to the Nation and for his outstanding contributions to the Navy and Marine Corps, the Honorable Mike McIntyre is awarded the Department of the Navy Distinguished Public Service Award.”

Congressman McIntyre also represented the House Armed Services Committee on the Board of the U.S. Naval Academy for eight years.  McIntyre said that the honor was especially meaningful to him since his father, Dr. Doug McIntyre, was a World War II Navy Veteran.

Established in 1951, The Navy Distinguished Public Service Award  is an award presented by the U.S. Secretary of the Navy to civilians for "specific courageous or heroic acts or exceptionally outstanding service of substantial and long-term benefit to the Navy, Marine Corps, or Department of the Navy as a whole. It is the highest recognition that the Secretary of the Navy may pay to a civilian not employed by the Navy.