WASHINGTON - Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX), Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, today congratulated Ms. Jeanette James on receiving the Army Distinguished Civilian Service Award. The award was presented by Major General Laura Richardson in appreciation for Ms. James twelve years of service as part of the staff of the Subcommittee on Military Personnel. Jeanette James has led the Military Personnel team for the past three years. Prior to joining the committee staff, James served in the Army Nurses Corps for 31 years, rising to the rank of Colonel and commanding the medical department activity at Fort Drum. Jeanette James retires from the House Armed Services Committee staff this week.
Reflecting on James’ 43 years of service, Thornberry said:
“I have come to trust Jeanette’s advice on matters that affect our troops and their families. For nearly a decade and a half, Jeanette has approached some of DoD’s most difficult and controversial issues with the same precision, compassion, and dedication she showed to her patients during her 31 years as an Army nurse.
“43 years is a long time to spend in public service, but Jeanette’s four decades have made a real difference. Our troops are healthier and better cared for, their families are more secure, and our policies are better informed because of her service. Today the Army recognized Jeanette James for her distinguished service in civilian life. ‘Distinguished’ is probably an understatement."