Secretary of Defense James Mattis received the 2017 Excellence in Public Service Award from the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at Ohio State University on Tuesday.
Mattis was given the award at the National Press Club by Lynn Glenn, and took the opportunity to heap praise on the man the college is named after and Lynn’s father, John Glenn.
Glenn, a former Ohio senator, astronaut, and marine, recently died in December 2016 at the age of 95. He and Mattis shared mutual admiration and acted as public service role models for one another.
“I do not have the words to fully express my admiration and respect for Lynn’s father, for Annie’s husband, for a man who did what he did. We all need role models in this world,” Mattis said. “We all need them, because they inspire us. They remind us that if we look at someone like this, we can always be better the next day. We all need a code, and the role models we choose to remind us of what we can be in this country give us so many beautiful opportunities.”
Lynn added that John took to Mattis “not just that he’s a Marine, but also because he’s a tremendous patriot and has been a patriot like Dad for all his life. That’s been his commitment.”
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