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Courtney Among First-Ever Recipients of USTRANSCOM’s Pegasus Award

May 19, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC—Today, Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-02), Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces, became one of three Members of Congress to be recognized with the first-ever U.S. Transportation Command Pegasus Award. The U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) established the Pegasus Award to recognize strong proponents of the Command’s global mission and operations. Courtney was joined today by Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Rep. Rob Wittman (R-VA-01), Ranking Member of the Seapower Subcommittee, as members of the inaugural class of USTRANSCOM Pegasus Award recipients.

“I am grateful every day for the opportunity to represent the men and women in eastern Connecticut who wear our nation’s uniform, and to work across the aisle to support our Armed Services and USTRANSCOM,” said Congressman Courtney. “The breadth of work that General Lyons and USTRANSCOM are relied upon for would surprise many people, and it’s become more important than ever to supporting the global mission of our Navy and Armed Forces, and to our domestic maritime economy. I’m proud of the bipartisan work we’ve been able to accomplish on the Seapower Subcommittee since 2019, which includes making real investments to modernize our sealift capacity, and I know that supporting USTRANSCOM will remain front and center for us this year. I want to thank General Lyons and the men and women of the U.S. Transportation Command for this recognition—it is an honor to be among the first-ever recipients of the Pegasus Award, and I’m looking forward to continuing our bipartisan work this year.”

USTRANSCOM is one of the eleven unified combatant commands of the U.S. Department of Defense, and coordinates missions worldwide using both military and commercial transportation resources. It exists as a warfighting combatant command to project and sustain military power at a time and place of the nation’s choosing. USTRANSCOM is composed of three service component commands: the Air Force's Air Mobility Command, the Navy's Military Sealift Command, and the Army's Surface Deployment and Distribution Command.

The Pegasus Award was established by USTRANSCOM as the highest honor bestowed by the Commander on strong proponents of the Command and its mission to conduct globally integrated mobility operations, lead the broader Joint Deployment and Distribution Enterprise (JDDE), and provide enabling capabilities in order to project and sustain the Joint Force in support of national objectives. In Greek mythology, Pegasus represented science, intellect, and understanding. The award reflects how these abilities underpin the keys to conducting globally-integrated mobility operations: the dynamic synchronization of global mobility posture, global mobility capacity, and global command, control, and integration.

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