FLOURTOWN, Pa., Aug. 27 Donald C. Winter, Secretary of theNavy, will receive the Commodore John Barry Distinguished Citizen Award at theannual Navy League Dinner to be held Tuesday, August 28, at 7 p.m. Drexelbrookin Drexel Hill.
Dr. Winter, who holds a doctorate in physics from the University ofMichigan, is the 74th Secretary of the Navy, and is responsible for an annualbudget in excess of $125 billion and almost 900,000 people. Prior to joiningthe administration of President George W. Bush, he served as a corporate vicepresident and president of Northrop Grumman's Mission Systems sector.
Previously, Dr. Winter was president and CEO of TRW Systems; vicepresident and deputy general manager for group development of TRW's Space &Electronics business; and vice president and general manager of the defensesystems division of TRW.
The Award is given annually to an individual whose character and servicehas significantly contributed to the mission and goals of the Navy League.Commodore Barry was a Revolutionary War hero from Philadelphia who received in1797 the first commission in the newly revived U.S. Navy by President GeorgeWashington.
Barry's personal papers are archived at the Independence Seaport Museum,which plans a joint display with the Navy League. The Commodore Barry Bridgeof the Delaware River Port Authority bears his name.
The secretary will be available for interviews starting at 6:30 p.m. at areception prior to the dinner.
The Philadelphia Council supports sailors, marines and their families inthe Philadelphia area. The Council supports several youth programs, the Navyand Marine Corps Recruiting Districts, NROTC units at Penn and Villanova andthe Veterans Hospital and Nursing Home, as well as greeting Coast Guard andNavy vessels visiting Philadelphia. Last year the council started a specialprogram to reach out to wounded veterans of Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom,to thank them and to offer our support. A few of these veterans will berecognized at the dinner. Learn more about the Philadelphia Navy League athttp://navyleaguephilly.org .
SOURCE Philadelphia Council of the Navy League