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Navy, Georgia Research Alliance honor Chambliss

POSTED: July 15, 2013 7:38 p.m.
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U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., left, receives the Distinguished Public Service Award from Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus.

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WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., was bestowed the Distinguished Public Service Award by U.S. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus at a ceremony in his office. This honor is the highest civilian award given by the Department of the Navy to those who perform outstanding services of substantial and long-term benefit to the Navy, Marine Corps, or department as a whole.

During the ceremony, Mabus recognized Chambliss’ 18 years of service to the nation, as well as his contributions to the Navy and Marine Corps, through his position on the Senate Armed Services Committee and as the vice chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

Noting Chambliss’ dedication to improving the quality of life of the nation’s servicemen and women, Mabus praised Chambliss’ efforts to provide the resources necessary to support and defend the nation’s interests around the globe, assuring the Navy-Marine Corps team was the most effective force in history.

Chambliss also was commended for his advocacy of the Ohio class replacement program, wounded warrior programs, and suicide prevention initiatives.

“I am humbled and honored to receive this award from Department of the Navy,” Chambliss said. “During my time in Congress, it has always been a top priority of mine to work to ensure our military men and women, as well as their families, have the resources necessary to carry out their missions. It is the least I can do for those who give so much to our country.”

Also last week, Chambliss was awarded the Georgia Research Alliance Legacy Award from the Georgia Research Alliance (GRA) and Georgia Department of Economic Development, given in appreciation for Chambliss’ longstanding support of the GRA and Georgia’s research universities. Chambliss is the first person to receive this award.

Members of the Georgia congressional delegation, leaders of the GRA and Georgia Department of Economic Development, as well as the presidents of Georgia’s major research universities, were in attendance.

“I am honored to receive this award,” Chambliss said, “but we should also be honoring all the men and women in the room here tonight. It doesn’t matter if it is medical, defense, or agriculture: Research is the heart and soul of our economy. The research we are doing today may not pay off in a year or two years, but ensures that 20 years from now the United States of America remains the greatest nation in the world.

“GRA and the Department of Economic Development have fostered relationships between our top-rated research universities, governments, and private organizations, which allow us not to just coexist, but to be the envy of the world when it comes to research.

“You look around the room tonight and it is full of Democrats and Republicans,” continued Chambliss, “because this is a bipartisan issue everyone can truly rally around. It’s another reason why Georgia is the model for every other state when it comes to public-private research partnerships.”


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