Frelinghuysen wins Army civilian honor

Frelinghuysen Wins Army Civilian Honor

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen (NJ-11) today was bestowed the United States Army’s highest civilian honor, the Decoration for Distinguished Civilian Public Service.  Secretary of the Army, Eric Fanning, made the presentation in a ceremony in Frelinghuysen’s Washington office.

“As an Army draftee many years ago, it never crossed my mind that the Secretary of the United States Army would see fit to honor me,” Frelinghuysen said.  “But I am truly honored to receive the Army Civilian Public Service Award.  Supporting our soldiers and their families —past and present—has been, and will remain, a number one priority for me.”

The citation from Secretary Fanning states: “Representative Frelinghuysen was a tireless public servant advancing Congressional support for funding the Army to meet rapidly evolving threats to our nation’s security and ensuring Soldiers have what they need to succeed….His exceptional contributions were integral to the Army receiving the necessary support to support combat, sustain the all-volunteer force, and improve the quality of life for Soldiers, Civilians and Families.  He vigorously supported Army efforts and worked diligently to overcome the fiscal and political challenges inherent in funding our national security priorities.  Representative Frelinghuysen’s distinctive accomplishments and unwavering commitment reflect great credit upon him, the United States House of Representatives, and the United States of America. ”

The Army Decoration for Distinguished Civilian Service was established in May 1956. The Secretary of the Army awards this decoration to those who provide distinguished service that makes a substantial contribution to the accomplishment of the Army's missions.

Frelinghuysen serves as Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee.  He previously served as Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense and with the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.