Congressman Turner released the following statement after receiving U. S. Army Decoration for Distinguished Civilian Service Award from Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning:
This award is the highest civilian award presented by the Army.
“I am honored to receive the U. S. Army Decoration Distinguished Civilian Service Award. I am a proud advocate for our men and women in the military. I would like to thank Secretary Fanning for this award and I look forward to working with him in the future on strengthening the U.S. Army.”
Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning is a graduate of Centerville High School in Congressman Turner’s district.
The award reads:
The Honorable Michael Turner is awarded the decoration for distinguished civilian service as a member of the United States House of Representatives and as Chairman of the House Armed Services Tactical Air and Land Subcommittee during the 114th Congress. Representative Turner was a tireless advocate for Army equities and demonstrated steadfast support for increased Army end strength. This support was instrumental in ensuring the Army is best positioned to meet the challenges of the future. He worked diligently to build a strong coalition of support to overcome the fiscal and political challenges inherent in supporting our Army’s priorities. His leadership on sexual assault legislation was critical to assisting the Army in providing the best care for victims and that proper resources were available to address this important topic. Representative Turner’s distinctive accomplishments and unwavering commitment reflect great credit upon him, the United States House of Representatives, and the United States of America.
U.S. Army Decoration for Distinguished Civilian Service
The Department of the Army Decoration for Distinguished Civilian Service was established by directive of the Secretary of the Army in May 1956. This award consists of a gold medal, lapel button and certificate. This award recognizes distinguished service toward the accomplishment of the Army's mission.
The Secretary of the Army awards this decoration to those who provide distinguished service that makes a substantial contribution to the accomplishment of the Army's missions. Eligible individuals include, employees of the Federal Government, officials at the policy development level, Army contractors, and technical personnel who serve the Army in an advisory capacity or as consultants. Army civilian employees are not eligible, as they are eligible for Department of the Army Honorary Awards, nor are military personnel.