MANAMA, Bahrain (NNS) -- England's Prince Andrew awarded Capt. John Peterson the Honorary Order of the British Empire (OBE) during an investiture ceremony Jan. 25 at the British Embassy in Manama, Bahrain.
Peterson, chief of staff for Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, was given the prestigious award for his leadership of coalition forces, which included a large number of Royal Navy sailors and marines, in the campaign to secure Iraqi oil assets during the onset of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003.
Prince Andrew, who is the Duke of York, knight commander and aide-de-camp to Queen Elizabeth II, congratulated Peterson when he presented the award. "Congratulations and well-done for all the hard work you did on behalf of the navy," Prince Andrew said to Peterson. "Wear [the award] with pride."
The Order, established by King George V in 1917, recognizes chivalry. It is limited to 100 knights and dames grand cross, 845 knights and dames commander, and 8,960 commanders. Military appointments are made on the advice of the governments of the United Kingdom and some Commonwealth realms, and are based on extraordinary valor and dedication to duty.
"This is an outstanding award, and it means a lot to me," said Peterson, who can now officially put 'OBE' after his name. "It's an honor [to wear it on behalf of] the many fine Royal Navy sailors and marines that I served with."
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