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The medal is named for Angela M. Houtz, a DON Intelligence Analyst, who perished during the terrorist attack on the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. (Navy photo)

The Navy has established a medal to be awarded to civilian employees who are killed or seriously hurt while performing their duties. The Angela M. Houtz Medal for Fallen Civilians is named for an intelligence analyst who died at Pentagon during the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attack.

“The recognition the Navy is giving Angie by naming this medal in her honor is an unexpected and overwhelming gift to our family,” said Julie Shontere, Houtz’s mother.

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“Considered a ‘shipmate’ by her coworkers, Ms. Houtz’s dedication to service and the Navy makes her an appropriate namesake for this award,” said retired Rear Adm. Sam Cox, director of the Naval History and Heritage Command. “I can attest to her reputation as an exceptionally dedicated and talented intelligence analyst and dedicated civil servant, who displayed uncommon potential for senior leadership.”

Cox added that had Houtz lived, she could have risen to become deputy director of Naval Intelligence. She is one of eight civilian and military members of the service’s intelligence community who were killed that day.