Decorah native Samantha Clark recently was honored with the Navy Distinguished Public Service Award. Under Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly presented Clark with the award at the Pentagon in Arlington, Va.
Decorah native Samantha Clark recently was honored with the Navy Distinguished Public Service Award. Under Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly presented Clark with the award at the Pentagon in Arlington, Va.
Decorah native Samantha Clark recently was honored with the Navy Distinguished Public Service Award.
Under Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly presented Clark with the award at the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., earlier this month.
Clark was recognized for her “exceptional service to the Department of the Navy as deputy staff director of the Senate Armed Services Committee.”
“The Navy Distinguished Public Service Award is an incredible honor that I dedicate to my favorite sailor and late boss, Chairman John McCain, whose leadership and energy made all of these achievements possible,” Clark said about receiving the award.
The award certificate states: “Ms. Clark’s dedicated service to our Sailors, Marines and civilians ensured they were provided the resources necessary to support and defend the nation’s interests around the globe. Her strong leadership and tireless efforts to reform military and civilian personnel policies and streamline acquisition processes enhanced the quality of life for the men and women of the Department of the Navy, guaranteed the highest levels of sustainability for our combat forces and ensured that the Navy-Marine Corps team remains the most capable force in history.
“With grateful appreciation for her many years of public service to the nation and for her outstanding contributions to the Navy and Marine Corps, Ms. Samantha Clark is awarded the Department of the Navy Distinguished Public Service Award.”

The award
Established in 1951, the Navy Distinguished Public Service Award (DPSA) is presented by the Secretary of the Navy to civilians for either specific acts of courage or heroism or whose actions or service have provided long-term, substantial benefits to the either the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Crops or the entire Department of the Navy. The DPSA is the highest honor that can be bestowed upon a civilian not in the employ of the Navy.
Clark, the daughter of Lucia Olson, Scottsdale, Ariz., and David and Shelly Clark, Decorah, attended St. Benedict School and Decorah High School. She also graduated from Iowa State University and the University of Kansas School of Law.
She resides in Washington, D.C., where she has served on the professional staff of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee for the past six years. In January, Clark will join the law firm of Covington & Burling LLP as a special counsel in the firm’s Washington office.