U.S. Senator Kay Hagan, Chair of the Armed Services Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities, yesterday received the Navy Distinguished Public Service Award (DPSA) from Secretary of the Navy, Ray Mabus. The DPSA is the highest honor for a non-Navy individual and is awarded based on contributions and accomplishments that have had impact on the Navy and beyond.
“As a Senator from North Carolina, I am honored to receive the Distinguished Public Service Award from the Navy,” said Hagan. “I am proud of the men and women – many from North Carolina – who make our Navy the best in the world, and I consider it my duty to do everything I can to support their work. This award holds special meaning for me as my husband, father and brother are all Navy veterans and my nephew is currently a Navy SEAL. I hold this honor as a tribute to our sailors and Marines who have sacrificed so much for our nation. We will never forget your bravery and courage.”
"This award is in recognition of Senator Hagan's untiring advocacy and efforts to improve quality of life for our service members and their families," said Mabus. "Senator Hagan's work honors the service and sacrifice of our military members and I am especially thankful on behalf of the Sailors and Marines who I have the privilege to lead."
Since joining the Senate, Hagan has served on the Senate Armed Services Committee where she currently chairs the Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities. Hagan comes from a strong military family. Her fatherin- law was a two-star Marine General and her husband, father and brother all served in the Navy. She has two nephews on active duty who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan.