Washington, D. C.---The Director of National Intelligence Jim Clapper awarded the National Intelligence Public Service Award today to Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) in a private ceremony. This is the highest award the Intelligence Community can give for public service.
Senator Hatch received this award in recognition of the service he rendered on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. Hatch has served for 20 years on this highly important committee -- longer than any other Member of the Senate has ever served.
“It was my distinct honor to serve on the Intelligence Committee and be at the table during a time our country was handling some of the most important and sensitive national security operations,” stated Hatch. “I have a deep respect and admiration for the men and women in the intelligence community who are on the front lines protecting our nation each and every day. They are the ones who tracked down Osama Bin Laden. They are the ones who spend every day dedicated to protecting our security and the future security of our nation. They are the ones who deserve the credit and the thanks – and it is to them that I dedicate this award.”
The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence has been in existence for a little over 35 years. Hatch served from 1985-1990, and then again from 1996-2010.