(August 12, 2014) Rep. Harold Rogers, R-Ky., remembered National Guardsmen past and present when he accepted the Harry S. Truman Award from NGAUS recently in Monticello, Ky.
"I dedicate this award to all the brave men and women who continue to fight for our freedom, as well as our veterans and those who paid the ultimate sacrifice," Rogers said when receiving the highest honor presented by NGAUS.
He called the Guard "a uniquely effective and critical piece of our country's armed forces" and said he was "deeply honored" to receive the award, which was presented by retired Maj. Gen. Gus Hargett, the NGAUS president.
The presentation was made Aug. 2 at the Kentucky National Guard Armory. Rogers was nominated for the award by Maj. Gen. Edward Tonini, the Kentucky adjutant general.
Hargett said Rogers is a deserving recipient.
"The Truman Award is more than just our association's highest honor," he said. "It is recognition of inclusion in a special fraternity of patriots, people who have made a difference in the institutions that defend our nation. Rep. Harold Rogers is just that kind a patriot. Despite fiscal problems and Pentagon cuts, he has always found a way to ensure the National Guard has the equipment it needs to accomplish its missions at home and abroad."
Rogers thanked his colleague and friend, Rep. Steve Womack, R-Ark., and his wife, Terri, for attending the celebration in Monticello. Womack retired from the Arkansas Army Guard at the rank of colonel after 30 years of distinguished and decorated service.
The 623rd Field Artillery also encased the colors of Battery C, and unveiled the new colors of Battery B. The unit will increase in size and carry on the 168-year tradition of "Morgan's Men" in Monticello.
"It's a historic day and a bittersweet day as we case the colors of Battery C," said Tonini. "We will never forget the contribution to this community or to national defense."
The battalion dates back to 1846 as the 1st Kentucky Calvary. Morgan's men fought with John Hunt Morgan and the Confederacy during the Civil War.