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SecAF honored for 30 years of service

Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James speaks with attendees May 14, 2014, during the PenFed Foundation’s Night of Heroes Gala. James was the keynote speaker for the evening and was awarded the American Hero Award for her dedication to the private and government sectors in the last 30 years. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Carlin Leslie)

Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James speaks with attendees during the PenFed Foundation’s Night of Heroes Gala, May 14, 2014, in Washington D.C. James was the keynote speaker for the evening and was awarded the American Hero Award for her dedication to the private and government sectors in the last 30 years. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Carlin Leslie)

Nineteenth Chief of Staff of the Air Force retired General Norton A. Schwartz makes opening remarks for the American Hero Award during the PenFed Foundation’s Night of Heroes Gala May 14, 2014, before presenting the award to the Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Carlin Leslie)

Nineteenth Chief of Staff of the Air Force retired General Norton A. Schwartz makes opening remarks for the American Hero Award before presenting the award to the Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James, during the PenFed Foundation’s Night of Heroes Gala May 14, 2014, in Washington D.C. James was awarded for her 30 years of work in the private and government sectors. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Carlin Leslie)

Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James gives her acceptance and keynote speech May 14, 2014, during the PenFed Foundation’s Night of Heroes Gala. James was awarded the American Hero Award for her 30 years of work in the private and government sectors. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Carlin Leslie)

Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James gives her acceptance and keynote speech during the PenFed Foundation’s Night of Heroes Gala May 14, 2014, in Washington D.C. James was awarded the American Hero Award for her 30 years of work in the private and government sectors. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Carlin Leslie)

Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James gives her acceptance and keynote speech May 14, 2014, during the PenFed Foundation’s Night of Heroes Gala. James was awarded the American Hero Award for her 30 years of work in the private and government sectors. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Carlin Leslie)

Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James gives her acceptance and keynote speech during the PenFed Foundation’s Night of Heroes Gala May 14, 2014, in Washington D.C. James was awarded the American Hero Award for her 30 years of work in the private and government sectors. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Carlin Leslie)

Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James gives her acceptance and keynote speech May 14, 2014, during the PenFed Foundation’s Night of Heroes Gala. James was awarded the American Hero Award for her 30 years of work in the private and government sectors. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Carlin Leslie)

Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James gives her acceptance and keynote speech during the PenFed Foundation’s Night of Heroes Gala May 14, 2014, in Washington D.C. James was awarded the American Hero Award for her 30 years of work in the private and government sectors. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Carlin Leslie)

WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James was the keynote speaker for the PenFed Foundation’s Night of Heroes Gala, here, May 14 and was presented the American Hero Award by the nineteenth Chief of Staff of the Air Force, retired General Norton A. Schwartz,  for her 30 years of work in the private and government sectors.

James has been in office since December and is responsible for organizing, training, equipping and providing for the welfare of more than 690,000 active-duty, Guard, Reserve and civilian Airmen and their families.

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