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Ruppersberger Receives “Decoration for Distinguished Civilian Service” Award From U.S. Army

Feb 2, 2017
Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger today received the Department of the Army Decoration for Distinguished Civilian Service award for his efforts during the 114th Congress to secure critical funding to ensure the Army can meet evolving threats and provide Soldiers with the tools they need. It is the highest civilian award the Army can present.

“Working on behalf of our troops and Armed Services isn’t just a passion – it’s an obligation – and I am humbled to accept this award,” Ruppersberger said. “The Army deserves Congressional leadership that is willing to fight through the partisan politics to get our heroes the resources they need to keep us safe.”

Congressman Ruppersberger’s district is home to two Army bases: Fort Meade and Aberdeen Proving Ground. He currently serves on the House Appropriations Defense Subommittee and is co-chair of the bipartisan House Army Caucus. 

“His unwavering support to the Army as Co-Chair of the Army Caucus was integral to the Army receiving the necessary resources to support combat, sustain the all-volunteer force, and improve the quality of life for Soldiers, civilians and families,” said former Army Secretary Eric Fanning. “He vigorously supported Army efforts and worked to solidify a strong coalition of Army support in order to overcome fiscal and political challenges inherent in funding the Army’s priorities.” 

Considered one of the Army’s preeminent civilian awards, the Decoration for Distinguished Civilian Service recognizes federal employees, policy officials, Army contractors and technical employees who serve the Army as advisors or consultants.

The award was presented today in Congressman Ruppersberger’s Capitol Hill office by Acting Secretary of the Army, Robert Speer.