The New York Yankees announced that Senior Vice President of Marketing Deborah A. Tymon will today receive the "Outstanding Civilian Service Award" from the U.S. Army in recognition of her decades of service in support of the military. The award is the third-highest public service honor the U.S. Army can bestow upon a civilian.
Presenting the honor to Tymon will be General Ray Odierno, the 38th Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army.
Since joining the New York Yankees front office in 1985, Tymon has spearheaded many of the Yankees' initiatives involving the military and veterans. Among her many accomplishments, Tymon has been instrumental in developing the Yankees' close relationship with the Wounded Warrior Project, making injured veterans the focus of hundreds of public and private ceremonies and events. She has also been a regular contributor to the Wounded Warriors' annual Soldier Ride.
Tymon has organized the donation of thousands of tickets to active military members and veterans and was deeply involved in the creation of Military Appreciation Day at Yankee Stadium.
On behalf of the Yankees, Tymon has led the effort to deliver thousands of care packages, including clothing, snacks, books and memorabilia, to active servicemen and servicewomen in Iraq and Afghanistan. Most recently, she worked with the USO to send thousands of gift packages to soldiers in the Middle East last holiday season.
"I'm incredibly honored and overwhelmed," Tymon said. "Over the years, I have had the great privilege of meeting countless members of the armed services. Their stories of sacrifice always leave me breathless. It has been an honor for me to give back to them with the support of the Yankees and show them the appreciation they deserve."
Tymon's father, James Tymon, served in the 6th Marine Division and 29th Regiment during the Battle of Okinawa in World War II.
A special "Twilight Tattoo - Salute from the Chief" military pageant, featuring the U.S. Army Band and soldiers from the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, will commemorate the occasion, which will take place at Whipple Field in Fort Myer, adjacent to Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.
Tymon will receive a citation from the U.S. Army that states:
For outstanding service to the United States Army, Veterans, Wounded Warriors and their Families
"As Senior Vice President of Marketing for the New York Yankees, you have raised awareness and morale of our Army and our Soldiers by recognizing our troops publicly at games, sending care packages to those deployed around the world and honoring the contributions our Service Members and their families have made to the Nation. You and the New York Yankees have proven your commitment to our Wounded Warriors by donating time and resources greatly impacting the community and the lives of numerous service members and their families rebuilding their lives. Your tireless efforts have had significant, positive impacts on the readiness and resiliency of the United States Army."
Joining Tymon in receiving the award today are actor Gary Sinise of the Gary Sinise Foundation, Ryan Blanck of the Center for the Intrepid, Kathleen Gagg of the Got Your Back Network and Ken Fisher of the Fisher House Foundation.