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A Golden Milestone of Accomplishments

A Golden Milestone of Accomplishments

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

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A Golden Milestone of Accomplishments

Secretary Elaine L. Chao kicked off the 50th Secretary’s Awards Ceremony to a thunderous ovation. Recipient’s from all Agencies, Offices and as far away as Juneau, Alaska, were gathered in the West Atrium of DOT headquarters to receive awards on excellence and merit.  The Secretary took the opportunity to give a special thanks to the more than 300 DOT employees who have volunteered for special assignments to assist with recovery efforts after the recent series of devastating hurricanes.

“As many of you know, I traveled with Vice President Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence to the devastated areas. The spirit of the volunteers and recovery workers was inspirational.” The Secretary added. “Repairing damaged infrastructure will be a key factor in the recovery and the DOT has an important role to play in helping these regions get back on their feet.”

Secretary Chao presented her first every Secretarial Gold Medal Award to the I-85 Team for their outstanding efforts to restore the Atlanta I-85 bridge after its collapse on March 30, 2017.  The safe and prompt reopening of the bridge, under budget and ahead of schedule in just seven weeks was an outstanding example of responsiveness.  It’s something not only DOT, but the President, points to as a source of great pride and a milestone achievement for the government.

In total, DOT recognized 47 individuals and 22 team leads. The work of the Department has gone above the call of duty to ensure America’s critical infrastructure is safe, secure and strong. Through innovation and dedication, these teams and individuals have taken our mission one step further.

For a list of award winners: click here

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