On May 8, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton presented the Department of State’s highest honor, the Secretary's Distinguished Service Award, to Ambassador Jeffrey Bader. For over 30 years, Ambassador Bader tirelessly worked to advance U.S. national interests in the Asia-Pacific region through public service. Whether as a young Foreign Service officer in Beijing, as a Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, as the U.S. Trade Representative leading negotiations for China’s accession to the World Trade Organization, or as President Obama’s Senior Director at the National Security Staff for Asia-Pacific Affairs, Ambassador Bader’s extraordinary career and contributions deeply impacted and strengthened our relations in this critical part of the world.
The Secretary’s Distinguished Service Award is presented by the Secretary in recognition of exceptionally outstanding leadership, professional competence, and significant accomplishment over a sustained period of time in the field of foreign affairs. Previous recipients include Ambassador Ryan Crocker, Ambassador Constance Berry Newman, and General David Petraeus.
Secretary Clinton’s remarks at the award ceremony are available here and a photo is available here.