The Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Award for Distinguished Public Service is highest honorary public service award within the Chairmanís approval authority. It is awarded to civilians who do not derive their principal livelihood from US Government employment and has performed, at any time since enactment of the National Security Act of 1947, exceptionally meritorious service of significance to the Department of Defense, Joint Staff, combatant commands, or organizations that report to or through the Chairman. This service or assistance was at considerable personal sacrifice, motivated by patriotism, good citizenship, and a sense of public responsibility.
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