Friday, May 27, 2016

PRESS RELEASE: Forbes Receives Outstanding Civilian Leadership Award from U.S. Navy League

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Forbes Receives Outstanding Civilian Leadership Award
from U.S. 
Navy League

Prestigious Award Bestowed in the Past to Seapower Giants Such as Carl Vinson and John C. Stennis

Date: May 27, 2016
Contact: Hailey Sadler, Communications Director, (757) 692-2108

Virginia Beach, VA -- Congressman Randy Forbes announced today that the Navy League of the United States has awarded him the 2016 Robert M. Thompson Award for Outstanding Civilian Leadership. Forbes received this award in recognition of his unwavering support of our men and women in uniform and his significant contributions towards strengthening the U.S. Navy through his work as Chairman of the House Armed Services Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee.

The award recognizes "dedicated and outstanding efforts to maintaining powerful naval forces and ensuring that our Sailors and Marines have the tools they need to complete their missions" and has been awarded to great advocates for American seapower such as Carl Vinson and John C. Stennis.  

"It is both a privilege and a duty to work to strengthen America's Navy," said Forbes. "As I look at the increasingly complex international challenges our nation faces, I believe we are entering an age where we will ask a great deal of our Sea Services. So goes America's Navy and Marine Corps, so will go our nation."

Named after the Father of the Navy League, the Robert M. Thompson Award was established in 1957 to recognize inspirational individuals who have been vigilant in maintaining America's maritime strength. This award is selected by the Navy League Sea Services Awards Board consisting of distinguished former leaders of the Navy and Marine Corps and chaired for the 39th year by former Secretary of the Navy J. William Middendorf, II.

Forbes is one of the most senior members of the House Armed Services Committee and chairs the Subcommittee that oversees key Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force programs that represent a major lifeblood of the Hampton Roads economy. He recently authored legislation that authorized the most funding for shipbuilding since the Reagan era. He has also been endorsed by America's top retired Navy SEAL Commanders -- who collectively led 7 SEAL teams -- as well as 7 Former Secretaries of the Navy, and over 50 retired military officers from across the Second District. Forbes has received the highest civilian honors from both the U.S. Army and the U.S. Navy for his work on behalf of men and women in uniform. 

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