|Department of Defense Distinguished Civilian Service Award|
Ribbon of the medal
|Awarded by United States Department of Defense|
|Eligibility||Career DoD civilian employees|
|Next (lower)||Secretary of Defense Meritorious Civilian Service Award|
The Department of Defense Distinguished Civilian Service Award is the highest civilian award given by the United States Department of Defense. This award and accompanying Distinguished Civilian Service Medal is the Department's highest award given to career DoD civilian employees whose careers reflect exceptional devotion to duty and whose contributions to the efficiency, economy, or other improvements in DoD operations are of a significantly broad scope
Originally, the Distinguished Civilian Service Medal was awarded by United States Department of War for work in the intelligence service. Earl H. Pritchard was the first recipient of the award for his service from 1942 to 1945 when he was a civilian analyst with military intelligence during the Second World War.
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