PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island’s senior senator has been awarded the highest honor the Navy gives to civilians who do not work for the Department of the Navy.
Sen. Jack Reed on Thursday was presented with the Navy’s Distinguished Public Service Award. The citation notes his ‘‘exceptional service’’ to the department as a member of Congress and his ‘‘tireless advocacy of shipbuilding programs and strong support of the Naval War College’’ in Newport.
The Democrat serves on the Senate Armed Services Committee and chairs its seapower subpanel.
Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus presented Reed with the citation and a medal.
The award is given to civilians for contributions, accomplishments or outstanding service to the Navy, Marine Corps or Department of the Navy as a whole. Reed says he’s honored to receive it