Video: ‘Favoritism’? Jill Kelley Was Awarded Joint Chiefs’ Second-Highest Civilian Honor in 2011

Jill Kelley, the Florida socialite responsible for outing Gen. David Petraeus’ mistress, Paula Broadwell, in 2011 was awarded the Joint Chiefs of Staff Award for Outstanding Public Service, the Joint Chiefs’ second-highest civilian honor.

The award consists of a silver medal, lapel pin, citation and certificate signed by the chairman, said Navy Cmdr. Patrick McNally, spokesman for the office of the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

The reason for the award? Kelley’s “selfless contributions” and “willingness to host engagements” for politicians, foreign dignitaries, and military leaders.

“You’re connected, you get it. You’re not connected, you don’t get it,” Central Comand’s (CentCom) Coalition Intelligence Center founder Col. E.J Otero, Ret., told FOX 13. “When a senior national representative from the coalition had a visitor from another country coming into town, they would call her — ‘I have General such-and-such. Do you mind if we go and have dinner?’” he added.

Gen. Petraeus recommended her for the award while he was still commander of CentCom, according to the Tampa Tribune. Adm. Mike Mullen signed off on the recommendation.

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