Thu, Sep 15, 2011
Recognized For Support Of Aerospace, Defense Industries
The Aerospace Industries Association presented Senator Patty
Murray (D-WA) (pictured) with the prestigious Wings of Liberty
Award September 13, in recognition of her longtime support of the
aerospace and defense industry.
Senator Murray is a founding co-chair of the Senate Aerospace
Caucus, where she continues to call attention to the important
issues facing the nation's transportation infrastructure and the
U.S. aerospace industry. She chairs the Senate Appropriations
Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and
"Senator Murray knows the value of the aerospace and defense
industry and how its nearly $331 billion in sales contribute to our
nation's economy," said Jim Albaugh, chairman of the AIA Board of
Governors. "A great supporter of our troops, Senator Murray
understands the importance of ensuring that they have the best
equipment in the world." Albaugh is president and CEO of Commercial
Airplanes at the Boeing Company.
"It will be an honor to present Senator Murray with the
aerospace industry's highest award," added AIA President and CEO
Marion C. Blakey. "Her knowledge, experience and dedication to her
constituents and the aerospace industry deserve great respect and
serves on the Senate's Appropriations, Veteran's Affairs, Budget
and HELP Committees.
The Wings of Liberty award is presented annually to a member of
Congress who has made significant contributions to help bolster
aerospace and national defense. The award, which embodies the
spirit of America and the drive to achieve any dream, will be made
at a reception on Capitol Hill, one of several events celebrating
National Aerospace Week. Past honorees include Rep. Norm Dicks,
Senator Daniel Inouye, former Transportation Secretary and U.S.
Rep. Norman Mineta, Rep. Donald Manzullo, Sen. John Warner and Sen.
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