In case you missed it <https://twitter.com/SECNAV/status/568832278782214144> : While at the Pentagon today discussing issues important to Washington state military communities, U.S. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus presented Washington Gov. Jay Inslee the Distinguished Public Service Award, the Navy’s highest civilian honor. Secretary Mabus cited the governor’s work on veterans issues, clean energy and clean fuels, and efforts to protect and grow Washington’s aerospace and defense industries.
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DISTINGUISHED PUBLIC SERVICE AWARD
The Honorable Jay Inslee
For exceptional service to the Department of the Navy as a member of Congress and as the current Governor of Washington. Governor Inslee has worked tirelessly at the federal and state levels, cosponsoring the VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011 and signing Washington Executive Order 13-10, which encourages federal and state agencies to hire veterans and expand job training and placement with private-sector employers. While serving on the Committee on Energy and Commerce in Congress, he was an ardent supporter of the Navy’s Green Energy initiatives, specifically collaborating on low carbon alternative fuels. From the Washington State House, he continues to champion energy independence, creating green-collar jobs, and reducing global warming. In 2014, his leadership proved critical in keeping Boeing’s Aerospace manufacturing in Seattle, maintaining a strategic industrial base in Washington. His continued commitment to our Nation’s Navy-Marine Corps team ensures our Sailors and Marines remain the most effective force in history. 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 Jay Inslee is awarded the Department of the Navy Distinguished Public Service Award.
Secretary of the Navy
February 20, 2015