Harbaugh to be honored by U.S. Army

Ravens coach will receive Outstanding Civilian Service Award

May 22, 2012|By Jeff Zrebiec

Ravens coach John Harbaugh will be honored tomorrow for his support of the U.S. Army.

Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, the Chief of Staff of the Army, will present Harbaugh with one of five Outstanding Civilian Service Awards during a ceremony at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va. 

The program honors those who have passionately supported the U.S. Army. The citation that will be presented to Harbaugh by Gen. Odierno, the Chief of Staff of the Army, will read:

 “For outstanding service to the United States Army, Soldiers, families, veterans and military communities. Your visit to Iraq and your initiatives to show thanks to service members for their service through appreciation days, opportunities to attend Baltimore Ravens practices and games and to meet team members have improved morale and created a sense of pride and appreciation among our servicemen and women. Through your visits to military installations, you have increased morale, inspired leadership and created a mutual sense of respect and appreciation between the U.S. Army and the National Football League. Your voluntary efforts to purchase, package and send care packages around the world have had direct, positive impacts on our deployed Soldiers living in austere conditions. Your selfless, outstanding contributions have improved the health and readiness of the United States Army.”

Harbaugh met Gen. Odierno while on the USO Tour in 2009. General Odierno has given motivational speeches to Ravens' players and staff members.

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