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Naval Support Activity South Potomac (NSASP) presented the outgoing mayor of Colonial Beach, Fred Rummage, with the command's "American Patriot Award" at a Dec. 13 town council meeting. Rummage was recognized as the first recipient of the newly established award for his support of the command and Naval Support Facility Dahlgren in close proximity to his community.

"Tonight, I'd like to ask the mayor to step up to the podium," said Capt. Pete Nette, commanding officer of NSASP. "As the Navy goes and as the military goes, it's very important than communities and military installations work together in partnerships and continue to cooperate. It's important to us to be a good neighbor and it's important for our defense."

Nette read the citation he wrote to Rummage for the award in front of the town council. "I'm honored to have the opportunity to express my personal thanks and the grateful appreciation of Naval Support Activity South Potomac to you for your strong and steadfast support of the command and the broader military community at Naval Support Facility Dahlgren, Virginia.

"Throughout your term here at the town of Colonial Beach you have taken initiative to improve lines of communication and strengthen the working relationship between the community you represent and the military community at Dahlgren," Nette told Rummage and the town council. "Your support of our South Potomac Military-Community Relations Council was crucial to the successful launch of this effort to establish a forum for consistent and efficient two-way communication between South Potomac installations and the surrounding community. You have been fully engaged your role as a member of the council's executive committee and have made a significant contribution to the leadership and direction of the council's program and activities over the last five years.

"In recognition of your contribution as a proactive advocate of the Dahlgren military community and the missions and activities accomplished at Naval Support Facility Dahlgren, in support of our national defense, it's my distinct pleasure to present you with NSA South Potomac's first American Patriot Award."

The American Patriot Award was established by NSASP to recognize members of the community for their support of Dahlgren's military activities and the national defense.

"I can think of no better, deserving individual to recognize with this inaugural award," Nette told Rummage." As you leave public office, I wish you fair winds and following seas in all your future endeavors, and I thank you for your support and friendship."

"Thank you very much," Rummage told Nette and the council. "I've had occasion to work with [Capt. Nette] on a regular basis on the executive committee as well as the [NSASP] community relations council, but I didn't expect anything like this. I thank you, sir. I am really impressed."