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NGAUS Seeking Nominations for 2024 Individual Awards

04-09-24 WR Awards WEBSITE
04-09-24 WR Awards WEBSITE
Washington Report

The window to nominate someone for the 2024 NGAUS Individual Awards Program is now open.

The association is seeking nominees who have demonstrated superior performance, committed acts of heroism or contributed significantly to the National Guard’s effectiveness.

NGAUS presents 12 separate individual awards each year, and past honorees include senior military leaders, elected officials and Guard soldiers and airmen.

May 15 is the deadline for this year’s nominations.

While most nominees must have the endorsement of their adjutants general, nominations which come directly from state or territory Guard associations are an exception.

NGAUS provided details about the program to every state and territory’s Guard association and joint force headquarters earlier this year. More information about the association’s awards is available at www.ngaus.org/awards.

A five-person awards committee will review the nominations in June before making their recommendations to the NGAUS board of directors. The board will then give their final approval to the nominees in July before announcing this year’s award recipients the same month.

NGAUS will present the 2024 individual awards to the recipients during the 146th General Conference & Exhibition, Aug. 23 to 26 in Detroit.

The association will also seek a digital image of each of this year’s recipients to improve the awards ceremony in Detroit this August.

In 2023, NGAUS presented 43 individuals with awards during the 145th General Conference & Exhibition in Reno, Nevada. That total marked the highest number of awards that NGAUS has given out in 20 years.

Guam Gov. Lourdes A. Leon Guerrero and Rep. Trent Kelly, R-Miss., both traveled to Reno last year to accept the Harry S. Truman Award in person. The award — which is pictured above — is the association’s highest honor.

Nominations for the Army Guard and Air Guard unit awards that are presented at the NGAUS conference each year must be submitted through the National Guard Bureau.

These awards have different submission procedures and deadlines than the association’s individual awards.

— By Mark Hensch