The Secretary of the Navy John H. Dalton announced yesterday
that the Department of the Navy has established the Dr. William
J. Perry quality of life award.
The annual award recognizes outstanding contributions of
Navy and Marine Corps commands to the quality of life of Sailors,
Marines and their families. The award, a medallion encased in
acrylic, will be permanently displayed in the Pentagon with the
engraved name of each annual recipient. Commands achieving this
honor will receive a smaller replica of the Perry quality of life
Secretary Dalton presented an artist's rendition of the award to
Secretary Perry yesterday at a breakfast honoring him. Never
before has the Secretary of Defense placed so much emphasis on
the quality of life of the country's Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen
and Marines, said Dalton. The Navy and Marine Corps have
emphasized quality of life under your leadership and have made it
our number one priority.
Quality of life is all about people, Perry said. Once you've
recruited and trained the best people, you've got to retain them.
That's what quality of life is all about keeping our Navy the
best damn Navy' in the world.
Photographs of yesterday's breakfast ceremony may be obtained by
contacting the office of the Chief of Information, news photo
division, at (703) 697-6752.