During a ceremony in Washington, D.C., Senator Collins received the Navy League's prestigious Congressional Sea Services Award for her outstanding contributions in Congress to advance the mission of our nation's maritime services. The maritime services inclue the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and Merchant Marines.
PICTURED FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: LT. GENERAL MILLS, MARINE CORPS; ADMIRAL PAPP; COAST GUARD; UNDER SECRETARY WORK, DEPT. OF THE NAVY; SENATOR SUSAN COLLINS; VICE ADMIRAL HUNT, NAVY; MARITIME ADMINISTRATOR MATSUDA, DEPT. OF TRANSPORTATION
Senator Collins was unanimously selected by the Navy League as the Member of Congress who has made the most significant impact upon the sea services over the past year. She joins a select group of previous winners including Senator Daniel Inouye, Senator Thad Cochran, and former Senator John Warner.
"I am truly moved to now be counted in their company and to be in the presence of true heroes," Senator Collins said. "Those of you who have worn the uniform or have served your country in civilian capacity--we owe you such a debt of gratitude, and I am so grateful for your work."
SENATOR COLLINS MEETS WITH VICE ADMIRAL ROBIN BRAUN,
CHIEF OF NAVY RESERVE AND RESIDENT OF BRUNSWICK, MAINE
She continued in saying, "That's why I have been so committed to making sure the men and women who serve have all they need from us. We owe them that much."
Among those present at the ceremony was Robert Work, Under Secretary of the Navy, who highlighted Senator Collins' contributions to Maine's defense industry, including Bath Iron Works and the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.
"On Senator Collins' watch, Bath has either built or is building a total of 31 ships, which is literally over ten percent of the total number of ships we expect to have in the fleet," Under Secretary Work said. "It's quite an accomplishment."
SENATOR COLLINS IN APRIL 2012 WITH CHIEF OF NAVAL OPERATIONS JONATHAN GREENERT AND BATH IRON WORKS PRESIDENT JEFF GEIGER
IN FRONT OF DDG-1000 BEING BUILT IN BATH
He continued in saying, "She has been an ardent advocate for Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and its employees. She has taken a very active role in supporting capital investments for the future of the shipyard. And throughout Naval Air Station Brunswick's disgtinguished service to our nation, Senator Collins remained a champion of the proud people of Maine and the naval forces that were serving on that base."
The award features a compass binnacle from the SS Sioux Falls Victory, a Victory ship that saw duty during World War II, Korea and Vietnam. Its crew earned a battle star for action during the assault on Okinawa in 1945. The binnacle, (pictured below) will be displayed in Senator Collins' office for the next twelve months.
BINNACLE FROM SS SIOUX FALLS, NOW FEATURED IN SENATOR COLLINS' OFFICE
To view video from the ceremony, click here.
To view a congratulatory letter from the Maine Navy League, click here.
View more pictures from the ceremony:
SENATOR COLLINS RECEIVES THE AWARD FROM LEE GURKE, PRESIDENT OF THE NAVY LEAGUE'S NATIONAL CAPITAL COUNCIL
SENATOR COLLINS WITH VICE ADMIRAL JOHN CURRIER, RESIDENT OF WESTBROOK, MAINE
SENATOR COLLINS WITH LT. GENERAL MILLS, MARINE CORPS
A FULL CROWD LOOKS ON AS SENATOR COLLINS RECEIVES HER AWARD
Local Office Hours in Somerset County
Staff from Senator Collins' Augusta office will hold local office hours in several Somerset County communities on Thursday, September 27.
A staff member will be available to provide assistance with federal issues and agencies, such as the Social Security Administration, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Internal Revenue Service. No appointment is necessary. All conversations are strictly confidential.
Anson Town Office
62 Main Street
Anson, ME 04911
Thursday, September 27 from 1-2 PM
Canaan Town Office
277 Main Street
Canaan, ME 04924
Thursday, September 27 from 3-4 PM
Hartland Town Office
21 Academy Street
Hartland, ME 04943
Thursday, September 27 from 5-6 PM
Questions may be directed to Senator Collins' Augusta office at (207) 622-8414.