(July 15, 2014) Rep. Harold Rogers, R-Ky., will receive the Harry S. Truman Award from NGAUS, the association's top award for support of the National Guard. His selection was approved Friday by the NGAUS Board of Directors during its summer meeting.
Rogers, the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, is being recognized for his sustained contributions to the national security of the United States and particularly the Guard. A former member of the Guard in Kentucky and North Carolina, he has worked to maintain adequate funding levels for the National Guard and Reserve Equipment Account. Also, his efforts have provided support for the Guard counterdrug program and additional civil support teams. Those are just a few examples of how he has supported the Guard.
Rogers joins an impressive list of lawmakers previously honored with the award, including former Sen. Daniel Akaka, D-Hawaii., former Rep. C.W. Bill Young, R-Fla., and Rep. Candice Miller, R-Mich.
"Harold Rogers has a long and distinguished public service career, but it's clear he still remembers his roots as a Guardsman," said retired Maj. Gen. Gus Hargett, the NGAUS president. "He's been a consistent supporter of the National Guard as he's climbed up the ranks in the House, and has done more than most to make sure we remain an operational reserve. We can't thank him enough."
Individual guardsmen and specific units will also receive awards from NGAUS. Most of the awards will be handed out next month at the 136th NGAUS General Conference & Exhibition in Chicago. A complete list of the awards can be found at www.ngaus.org/awards.
The board also heard updates on the budget and the audit reports, resolutions, by-laws and more. Staff from the National Guard Educational Foundation and the NGAUS Insurance Trust also presented updates.
This was the second year in a row that the panel's July meeting took place via teleconference. Hargett and two officers were at the helm at the National Guard Memorial, the NGAUS headquarters in Washington, D.C. Other board members joined in virtually from around the country.
"We started the July teleconference last year primarily as a way to save money," Hargett said. "So far people are on board. It's a chance to make sure all the ducks are in a row before conference."