By BJ Reyes
Hawaii U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, has been selected as the recipient prestigious Charles Dick Medal of Merit, one of the highest awards presented to an elected official by the National Guard Association of the United States, her office announced Wednesday.
The award honors elected officials for strong support of the National Guard.
Hanabusa, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, said:
"I am proud of the work I have done to support America’s citizen-soldiers, including advocating for a National Guard seat on the Joint Chiefs of Staff. I will continue to stand up for their interests as vital contributors to both our communities and our nation’s security. Every man and woman who serves our country deserves no less.”
The award, established in 1988 in honor of Maj. Gen. Charles Dick, a major general in the Ohio National Guard as well as a Congressman and U.S. Senator, is to be presented by NGAUS at its annual conference in September in Hawaii.
Dick served as NGAUS president from 1902 to 1909 and championed the passage of the Dick Acts of 1903 and 1908 which established the foundation of the modern National Guard.