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Washington, D.C.—At a ceremony in the U.S. Capitol today, Lt. Commander Claude Berube, a native of Lewiston, was promoted to the rank of Commander. U.S. Senator Susan Collins delivered remarks and administered the oath of office to Commander Berube, who previously served as a member of her staff.
“This son of the great State of Maine is a dedicated officer and a patriot,” said Senator Collins. “In addition to his work as a national security fellow in the Senate and at the United States Naval Academy, he has served on active duty assignments in Europe and the Persian Gulf. As a historian and author, he enlightens us on both our nation’s inspiring naval traditions and the challenges of today and the future.”
“There are two reasons why I asked to do this here [in the Capitol] today,” said Commander Berube. “The first is because, almost 29 years ago, I came to the Senate for the first time to work for my first Senator to work for a couple of years as a [Legislative Correspondent]. And then I had an incredible opportunity in 2004 to work for [Senator Collins]…I have to thank you for what you do every day for the state and for the people of the country and for what you did for me when I was here in 2004.”
Commander Berube is currently a history professor at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis. He has authored five books, with a sixth book due to be published next year. In addition, he served on active duty assignments in Europe and the Persian Gulf, and he worked as a member of Senator Collins’ staff shortly after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Commander Berube’s mother, Georgette, was the longest-serving woman in the Maine legislature, and his father, Gerard, served in World War II.