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ASSOCIATION NEWS NGAUS Hits the Road to Honor Two Lawmakers ETIRED MAJ. GEN. Gus L. Hargett Jr., the association presi-dent, traveled to Hawaii and Michigan last month to present NGAUS awards to two members of Congress who are among the National Guard’s strongest supporters on Capitol Hill. He went to the Detroit suburb of Chesterfield, Mich., Oct. 16 to pres-ent the Harry S. Truman Award, to Rep. Candice Miller, R-Mich. NGAUS uses the award to recognize individu-als with sustained exceptional contri-butions to national defense and secu-rity. Miller shares the 2012 Truman Award with Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va. They received the association’s highest honor, in part, for co-sponsoring leg-islation in the House last year that el-evated the chief of the National Guard Bureau to full membership on the Joints Chief of Staff. “I always try to remind myself, with all the challenges our nation faces, the first requirement of our Congress is to provide for the national defense,” Mill-R John S. Swanson Maj. Gen. Gregory Vadnais, the Michigan adjutant general, and Rep. Candice Miller, R-Mich., look at the Harry S. Truman Award during the presentation of the award, the association’s highest honor, to her at a ceremony last month. er said at the ceremony. The Michigan ceremony followed Hargett’s trip to Honolulu Oct. 6 to present a Charles Dick Medal of Merit to Rep. Mazie K. Hirono, D-Hawaii. The award recognizes the contribu-tions of elected officials. Twelve mem-bers of Congress, governors or state legislators were recipients in 2012. —NGAUS Staff Report Ross Hamamura Rep. Mazie K. Hirono, D-Hawaii, poses with her Charles Dick Medal of Merit, retired Maj. Gen. Gus L. Hargett Jr., the NGAUS president, and Hawaii Guardsmen. ( Front row, from left ) Maj. Mark Takai, Capt. Stefenie Lee, Maj. Gen. Darryl Wong, the Hawaii adjutant general, Hirono, Hargett, retired Brig. Gen. Erwin Cockett and Maj. Gen. Ed Correa. ( Back row ) Retired Col. Ray Jardine, retired Col. John Penebacker, Lt. Col. Byran Buhler, Maj. Ryan Iwasaki and Lt. Col. Duke Ota. 40 | Na tional Guard

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NGAUS Hits the Road to Honor Two Lawmakers<br /> <br /> RETIRED MAJ. GEN. Gus L. Hargett Jr., the association president, traveled to Hawaii and Michigan last month to present NGAUS awards to two members of Congress who are among the National Guard’s strongest supporters on Capitol Hill.<br /> <br /> He went to the Detroit suburb of Chesterfield, Mich., Oct. 16 to present the Harry S. Truman Award, to Rep. Candice Miller, R-Mich. NGAUS uses the award to recognize individuals with sustained exceptional contributions to national defense and security.<br /> <br /> Miller shares the 2012 Truman Award with Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va. They received the association’s highest honor, in part, for co-sponsoring legislation in the House last year that elevated the chief of the National Guard Bureau to full membership on the Joints Chief of Staff.<br /> <br /> “I always try to remind myself, with all the challenges our nation faces, the first requirement of our Congress is to provide for the national defense,” Miller said at the ceremony.<br /> <br /> The Michigan ceremony followed Hargett’s trip to Honolulu Oct. 6 to present a Charles Dick Medal of Merit to Rep. Mazie K. Hirono, D-Hawaii.<br /> <br /> The award recognizes the contributions of elected officials. Twelve members of Congress, governors or state legislators were recipients in 2012. —NGAUS Staff Report

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