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Admiral Mike Mullen to Receive 2013 Truman Public Service Award
April 10, 2013

The Harry S. Truman Award for Public Service will be presented to Admiral Mike Mullen, USN, (ret.) at 7 p.m. Friday, May 3 on the steps of the Harry S. Truman Library & Museum, 500 W. U.S. Highway 24.  The public is invited to the ceremony and reception, which will be held in the lobby immediately following the ceremony.  In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be in the Library’s auditorium. 

The award is given annually to an outstanding public servant who best typifies and possesses the qualities of dedication, industry, ability, honesty, and integrity that distinguished Harry S. Truman in his years of public service.  The Harry S. Truman Public Service Award Commission makes the selection each year.

Admiral Mullen served as the 17th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff  (2007-2011).  He was the principal military advisor to President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama, as well as two Secretaries of Defense. He led the military during a critical period of transition, overseeing the end of the combat mission in Iraq and the development of a new military strategy for Afghanistan.

A native of Los Angeles, Mullen graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1968.  He commanded at every level in the Navy including three ships, an aircraft carrier battle group and a fleet.  His final four-star command was in Europe for NATO.  His fleet experience culminated in his assignment as the Navy's highest ranking officer, the 28th Chief of Naval Operations (2005-2007).

Admiral Mullen earned a Masters of Science degree in Operations Research from the Naval Postgraduate School and completed the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School. 

The Harry S. Truman Public Service Award, the highest honor bestowed by the City on a civilian, was presented for the first time in 1974 when Dr. Henry Kissinger attended the ceremony and accepted the first Truman statuette.

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