Service to America Medals
The 2004 Service to America Medals (SAMMIES) were presented at a dinner and awards gala at Union Station on September 28. The medals, awarded to nine recipients, honor those who have shown a strong commitment to public service and have made an innovative and high impact contribution in their field of government. CNN’s Anderson Cooper emceed the ceremony. Each honoree proved they met a critical need for the U.S. Dr. Deborah Jin, Science and Environmental Award winner, created a new form of matter that could potentially improve the nation’s energy supply. Ambassador Prudence Bushnell was recognized with the Career Achievement Award for her work with the U.S. Embassy in Kenya following the 1998 bombing, and for her dedication to preventing ethnic genocide in Rwanda. Most winners received awards ranging from three to five thousand dollars, with top awards of $10,000 for the Federal Employee of the Year and the Career Achievement Award.