PHOTOS: Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Recognized for Service and Contributions to the National Guard
Louisville, KY–Yesterday, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) received the Charles Dick Medal of Merit from the National Guard Association of the United States (NGAUS). The award was presented at the 139th General Conference & Exhibition in Louisville, KY in recognition of Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s distinguished legislative contributions to the National Guard.
“I’m truly grateful for the privilege of serving in the Hawaii Army National Guard, and in Congress, where in both capacities, I am focused on the safety and security of the people of Hawaii and our country.
“As we are witnessing the devastation being left in the wake of Hurricane Harvey and now Hurricane Irma, thousands of National Guard soldiers and airmen from across the country are responding to the rescue, relief, and recovery efforts. These are every day Americans who have civilian jobs, are going to school, raising families, yet who maintain constant readiness and willingness to stand up at a moment’s notice to respond to disasters here at home, and to protect the nation when duty calls. I humbled to receive this award and as a member of the House Armed Services Committee, will continue to do my best every day to honor those who serve our country and make sure they have what they need to continue serving the American people,” said Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard.
“Congresswoman Gabbard joins the ranks of exceptional Hawaii elected officials, like U.S. Senator Daniel K. Akaka, who've worked diligently for the National Guard not just within their state but throughout the nation. Congresswoman Gabbard is the quintessential Soldier-Statesperson who ensures the National Guard continues to be Ready and Relevant within our States and the Nation,” said Major General Arthur “Joe” Logan, Hawaii’s State Adjutant General.
The Charles Dick Medal of Merit is named for Major General Charles Dick. Before serving as NGAUS president, the Major General served in the Ohio National Guard, and in Congress as a U.S. Representative and as a U.S. Senator. MG Dick authored legislation that established the foundation of the modern National Guard.
The medals are awarded to individuals who have provided exceptionally strong support to the National Guard in a state or nationally elected legislative body. NGAUS intends that awardees create a positive and lasting impact on the future of the National Guard that outlasts their tenure in public office.