FLOURTOWN, Pa., Aug. 28 (UPI) -- The secretary of the U.S. Navy has received the annual Commodore John Barry Distinguished Citizen Award at the annual Navy League Dinner in Pennsylvania.
Donald C. Winter, the 74th secretary of the Navy, received the award Tuesday.
Officials from the Navy League say the annual award is given to an individual whose character and service has significantly contributed to the mission and goals of the League. The award is named after a Revolutionary War hero from Philadelphia named Commodore Barry who in 1797 was the first to receive the honor from President George Washington.
As secretary of the Navy, Winter is responsible for almost 900,000 people and for an annual budget in excess of $125 billion. He served as a corporate vice president and president of Northrop Grumman's Mission Systems sector prior to his appointment during President George W. Bush's administration.
Barry's personal papers are archived at the Independence Seaport Museum, which plans a joint display with the Navy League.