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Navy honors Hirono with Distinguished Public Service Award

The Department of the Navy honored Senator Mazie K. Hirono for her advocacy for Navy and Marine Corps service members.

Rear Admiral Craig Faller, on behalf of Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, presented Senator Hirono with the Navy Distinguished Public Service Award, the highest honor that the Secretary of the Navy can award to a civilian who is not employed by the Navy.

“It is an honor to fight for Navy and Marine Corps service members in Hawaii and around the world,” said Senator Hirono. “We will continue to work closely together to advance Hawaii’s key role in the Indo-Asia-Pacific Rebalance, and to support service members, Navy and Marine Corps civilian employees, and their families.”

"This award was presented to recognize Senator Hirono's tremendous support for our Sailors and Marines and her forceful advocacy for the resources needed to maintain a strong Navy and Marine Corps. We are fortunate to have such a dedicated leader in the U.S. Senate,” said Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus.

Senator Hirono is the Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower, which oversees Navy and Marine Corps programs.