Published January 13, 2017
WASHINGTON – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04), one of two American Indians serving in the 115th Congress, released the following statement after being awarded the Navy Distinguished Public Service Medal from the Secretary of the Navy. The Navy Distinguished Public Service award is the highest honor a civilian can receive and is given for outstanding service and dedication to the United States Navy.
“I am deeply honored and humbled to be the recipient of the Navy Distinguished Public Service Award,” said Cole. “One of my highest priorities as a Member of Congress is to always protect and support the interests of our nation’s military, and to always ensure that they have the funding and resources they need to keep our nation safe and secure. I am proud to represent military service members from all branches in my district, and will always continue to fight for those who serve and defend our freedoms.”
“I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Secretary Ray Mabus for this generous recognition – my grandfather served in the Navy and I know he would be honored as well. I’d also like to thank Rear Admiral Craig Faller, Captain Butch Dollaga, Lieutenant Colonel Marshalee Clarke and Mr. Marc Hone for their ceremonial duties to present this award on the Secretary’s behalf. I will always treasure this honor with immense humility and gratitude.”
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