Mary Graham, chief advancement officer at the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, was awarded the Joint Base Charleston Commander’s Public Service Award during a Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce meeting on June 23.
Air Force Col. Rob Lyman, Joint Base Charleston Commander, presented the award to Graham.
In her past and present roles as a senior executive with the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, an Honorary Commander, a member of the South Carolina Governor’s Military Base Task Force, an Air Mobility Command Civic Leader and a member of the Air Force Civic Leader program, Graham’s tireless efforts have supported military service members and families on a wide range of issues.
Engaging with civic and business leaders on airfield encroachment, she supported facilitation of a mutually beneficial agreement between commercial and road construction projects and the State Secretary of Commerce. Additionally, she directly engaged civilian and military stake holders on security, truck and rail traffic, education and child care issues, creating teams innovatively working to solve complex operational, legislative and policy challenges. Largely due to her efforts, the Charleston Region was recognized as a Great American Defense Community by the Association of Defense Communities.
“Mary Graham’s outstanding patriotism and public service throughout the Lowcountry has forged vital community partnerships and initiatives that have directly impacted the quality of life improvements for our Joint Base Charleston military community and their families,” said Lyman. “As a leading advocate for the military and Joint Base Charleston, her outstanding leadership, commitment and dedication have contributed significantly to the accomplishment of our national security mission. This award is our way of recognizing and thanking her for all she has done for Joint Base Charleston.”
“I am humbled and honored to have received the Commander’s Public Service Award from Colonel Lyman and Colonel Canlas,” said Graham. “The Chamber is dedicated to supporting the men and women of Joint Base Charleston and their families and I am honored to be the staff person charged with leading that effort on behalf of the Chamber.”
The Commander’s Public Service Award is presented to recognize service or achievements that contribute significantly to the accomplishment of the mission of an Air Force activity, command or staff agency.