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Former Rep. Heather Wilson received the National Intelligence Superior Public Service Medal (NISPSM) from Director Dennis Blair of National Intelligence in a ceremony Tuesday at ODNI headquarters.
“This award recognizes Congresswoman Wilson’s years of service to both our nation and to the Intelligence Community,” said Blair in a news release. “Her support, insight and dedication have transformed our community to meet today’s new intelligence challenges.”
Wilson served in Congress from June 1998 until Jan. 2009 and was a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
She also served on the House Armed Services Committee during her tenure, which included the Subcommittee on Technical and Tactical Intelligence as chairman and ranking member.
Wilson was recognized as a staunch defender of research and development, Vice Admiral Robert Murrett said in the release.
“She understood the critical importance of performing cutting-edge R&D to create an IC capable of understanding and defeating our adversaries of the future while simultaneously working tirelessly to protect America and her allies today,” he said.
Murrett is the director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. He recommended Wilson for the award.
Wilson expressed appreciation for receiving such a high honor.
“Intelligence is our Nation’s first line of defense,” she said. “I want to personally thank the men and women who serve in the Intelligence Community. It is this Community that has not only kept my family safe, but our entire country safe.”
The NISPSM recognizes superior service to the Intelligence Community from non-career Federal employees, private citizens and foreign nationals not employed by an IC organization.
The ODNI established the award last October to acknowledge individuals who render extraordinary service at considerable personal sacrifice and who are motivated by patriotism, good citizenship or a sense of public responsibility.
The Director of National Intelligence oversees the 16 federal organizations that make up the Intelligence Community.
The DNI also manages the implementation of the National Intelligence Program.
Additionally, the DNI serves as the principal adviser to the president, the National Security Council and the Homeland Security Council on intelligence issues related to national security.