WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar led today's 68th Department of the Interior Honor Awards Convocation at which 44 awards were presented to Department of the Interior employees and volunteers selected for their service to the department and to the nation.
“I'm privileged to recognize the many men and women who have served the Department of the Interior with acts of courage and valor this year, as well as those who have served the American public with excellence for many years,” Secretary Salazar said at today's event at the Stewart Lee Udall Department of the Interior Building.
The awards included the Distinguished Service Award, the Valor Award, the Citizens Award for Bravery, and the Safety and Occupational Health Safety Award of Excellence.
“From rescuing climbers on Mount Rainier, to protecting the health and safety of the public following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, to developing a cutting-edge way to analyze earthquakes, these men and women are doing incredible work to advance Interior's missions and serve the American public,” Deputy Secretary of the Interior David J. Hayes said. “It is an honor to recognize their contributions today.”
Today's honorees include:
A full list of awards and descriptions of the employee and citizen honorees are available HERE.