Charles Dick Medal of Merit


The Charles Dick Medal of Merit was established in 1988 and is designed to recognize the contributions to the National Guard by elected representatives to legislative bodies at the state and national levels.  The medal is named in honor of Major General Charles Dick, NGAUS president from 1902 to 1909, a major general in the Ohio National Guard, a Congressman and later a Senator. Dick was responsible for the passage of the Dick Acts of 1903 and 1908 that established the foundation of the modern National Guard.


Any member of a state legislative body, the United States Congress or any state governor.


The Charles Dick Medal of Merit is a 2 1/2 inch gold plated medal bearing the likeness of Charles Dick. The medal is attached to a gold and red ribbon and accompanied by a plate engraved with the recipients’ name all of which is encased in a wooden glass frame.


An individual must have distinguished him/herself over an extended period of time in their support to the National Guard through service in a state or national elected legislative body.

Superior performance of normal duty alone does not justify award of this medal. An individual must have provided exceptionally strong support to the National Guard to clearly merit this medal.

The support of the individual must be such that it has had a lasting effect on the future of the National Guard. The positive affect and the results of the act should outlast the tenure in office of the individual.

Nominations and Selection Procedures

Any member of the Awards Committee, the Board of Directors or an elected officer of NGAUS, state association President or Adjutants General may nominate an individual to receive this award. An individual may not receive more than one Charles Dick Medal. More than one award may be given in a calendar year.

Sample Nomination Submission

Charles Dick Sample

Past Recipients

State Senator George C. Kirkpatrick, Jr. – Florida
U.S. Rep. Samuel S. Stratton – New York
State Rep. Robert W. Martinson – North Dakota

U.S. Rep. Robert K. Dornan – California
State Rep. Richardson D. Benton – New Hampshire
U.S. Rep. Marilyn Lloyd – Tennessee
Gov. Ned McWherter – Tennessee
Senator Jim Sasser – Tennessee
U.S. Rep. Marvin Leath – Texas

Senator Dale Bumpers – Arkansas
Lt. Gov. Michael Callihan – Colorado
State Rep. Sam Mitchell – Florida
State Rep. Alzo J. Reddick – Florida
Senator Carl M. Levin – Michigan
Senator Christopher S. “Kit” Bond – Missouri
State Senator Pat Danner - Missouri
State Rep. Joseph L. Driskill - Missouri
U.S. Rep. Les Aspin – Wisconsin

State Assemblyman B.T. Collins – California
U.S. Rep. Vic Fazio – California
State Senator Bill Bankhead – Florida
State Rep. Kelly R. Smith – Florida
State Rep. Richard E. Eckert – Kansas
Major Huntington B. Downer – Louisiana
U.S. Rep. Beverly B. Byron – Maryland
U.S. Rep. James H. Bilbray – Nevada
Gov. Jim Florio – New Jersey
U.S. Rep. W.G. Hefner – North Carolina
U.S. Rep. H. Martin Lancaster – North Carolina

U.S. Rep. Mike Castle - Delaware
State Senator Malcolm Beard – Florida
State Senator Ander Crenshaw – Florida
U.S. Rep. Robert Michel – Illinois
State Delegate John C. Astle – Maryland
Gov. Bob Miller – Nevada
Senator Harry Reid – Nevada
State Rep. Gereld F. Gerntholz – North Dakota

Gov. Lowell P. Weicker, Jr. – Connecticut
U.S. Rep. Earl Hutto – Florida
U.S. Rep. Lane Evans – Illinois
State Senator Thomas J. Wyss – Indiana
Gov. Terry E. Branstad – Iowa
Senator Barbara A. Mikulski – Maryland
Gov. Mel Carnahan – Missouri
Gov. Stephen Merrill – New Hampshire
U.S. Rep. H. James Saxton – New Jersey
Senator David L. Boren – Oklahoma
State Senator Enoch Kelly Haney – Oklahoma
U.S. Rep. Dave McCurdy – Oklahoma
U.S. Rep. John M. Spratt, Jr. – South Carolina
U.S. Rep. Norman D. Dicks – Washington
Senator Malcolm Wallop – Wyoming

State Senator Alvin J. Meikeljohn – Colorado
Gov. William F. Weld – Massachusetts
U.S. Rep. Martin O. Sabo – Minnesota
State Rep. Steve Gaw – Missouri
U.S. Rep. Barbara F. Vucanovich – Nevada
State Rep. Wesley R. Belter – North Dakota
U.S. Rep. Ronald K. Machtley – Rhode Island
U.S. Rep. James V. Hansen – Utah
Gov. Tommy G. Thompson – Wisconsin

Senator Ted Stevens – Alaska
U.S. Rep. Nancy L. Johnson – Connecticut
U.S. Rep. C.W. “Bill” Young – Florida
Senator Daniel K. Akaka – Hawaii
Senator Dirk Kempthorne – Idaho
Senator J. James Exon – Nebraska
Senator Richard H. Bryan – Nevada
State Senator John O. Bennett – New Jersey
U.S. Rep. Rodney P. Frelinghuysen – New Jersey
Senator Frank R. Lautenberg – New Jersey
U.S. Rep. Jim Saxton – New Jersey
U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur – Ohio
Senator Mark Hatfield – Oregon
U.S. Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy – Rhode Island
U.S. Rep. Jack Reed – Rhode Island
U.S. Rep. Floyd Spence – South Carolina
State Senator LeRay McAllister – Utah
State Rep. John Murphy – Vermont

U.S. Rep. Tillie Kidd Fowler – Florida
Gov. Benjamin J. Cayetano – Hawaii
U.S. Rep. Jim Leach – Iowa
Gov. George Pataki – New York
Gov. Frank Keating – Oklahoma
State Senator Charles J. Fogarty – Rhode Island
State Rep. Thomas Winfield – Rhode Island
State Rep. Terry Musser – Wisconsin

U.S. Rep. Vic Snyger - Arkansas
Gov. John G. Rowland - Connecticut
U.S. Rep. Cliff Stearns - Florida
State Rep. Paul Feleciano, Jr. - Kansas
State Rep. Phil Kline - Kansas
U.S. Rep. Roscoe G. Barlett, Jr. - Maryland
Gov. Argeo Paul Cellucci - Massachusetts
State Sen. Joe Maxwell - Missouri
State Rep. Carson Ross - Missouri
U.S. Rep Michael Pappas - New Jersey
State Senator Robert W. Singer - New Jersey
Senator Robert G. Torricelli - New Jersey
Gov. Christine Todd Whitham - New Jersey
Colonel Philip A. Baddour, Jr. - North Carolina
Brigadier General James S. Forrester - North Carolina
Colonel Paul W. Sexton (Ret) - North Carolina
U.S. Rep. Earl Pomeroy - North Dakota
Gov. Edward T. Schafer - North Dakota
Gov. George V. Voinovich - Ohio
State Senator Lane R. Beattie – Utah

U.S. Rep. James H. Maloney – Connecticut
State Senator Mike Crotts - Georgia
U.S. Sen. John Breaux - Louisiana
State Rep. Peter Franchot - Maryland
U.S. Rep. John W. Oliver - Massachusetts
U.S. Rep. James A. Gibbons - Nevada
U.S. Rep. Robert Andrews - New Jersey
State Senator William L. Gormley – New Jersey
U.S. Rep. Christopher H. Smith – New Jersey
State Senator Michael J. Hoblock, Jr. – New York
U.S. Rep. Peter King – New York
State Assemblyman Ronald C. Tocci – New York
U.S. Rep. Eva M. Clayton – North Carolina
Gov. Thomas J. Ridge - Pennsylvania
Gov. Lincoln Almond – Rhode Island
State Rep. Kenneth Carter – Rhode Island
Senator Robert C. Byrd – West Virginia

Senator Jeff Sessions - Alabama
Senator Tim Hutchinson - Arkansas
Gov. Thomas R. Carper - Delaware
Senator Bob Graham - Florida
U.S. Rep. Richard Baker - Louisiana
Senator Conrad Burns - Montana
State Senator Donald T. DiFrancesco – New Jersey
U.S. Rep. John M. McHugh – New York
U.S. Rep. James Walsh – New York
U.S. Rep. Robin Hayes – North Carolina
Gov. James B. Hunt, Jr. – North Carolina
U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre – North Carolina
State Rep. (Col.) E. J. Thomas - Ohio
Senator Arlen Specter - Pennsylvania
State Senator Thomas R. Coderre – Rhode Island

Gov. Tony Knowles - Alaska
State Senator Ken Pruitt - Florida
U.S. Rep. Michael Collins - Georgia
Gov. Frank O'Bannon - Indiana
State Senator Allen E. Paul - Indiana
State Senator William J. McPherson – Louisiana
U.S. Rep. Gil Gutnecht - Minnesota
State Assemblyman Joseph Azzolina – New Jersey
U.S. Rep. Sue Kelly – New York
State Senator Robert D. Robbins - Pennsylvania
State Rep. Paul W. Semmel - Pennsylvania
U.S. Rep. Norman Sisisky - Virginia
Senator Craig Thomas - Wyoming

U.S. Rep. Robert R. Simmons - Connecticut
Senator Joseph Biden - Delaware
U.S. Rep. Mark Souder - Indiana
State Rep. Huntingon B. Downer, Jr. - Louisiana
Gov. John Engler - Michigan
Senator Carl Levin - Michigan
Gov. Jeanne Shaheen - New Hampshire
Senator. Jon S. Corzine - New Jersey
U.S. Rep. Frank A. LoBiondo - New Jersey
State Senator Vincent L. Leibell - New York
U.S. Rep. Robert Etheridge - North Carolina
U.S. Rep. Sue Myrick - North Carolina
U.S. Rep. David Price - North Carolina
U.S. Rep. Melvin L. Watt - North Carolina
State Rep. Jerry W. Hefner – Oklahoma
State Senator Calvin J. Hobson - Oklahoma
Senator Rick Santorum - Pennsylvania
Gov. Mark Schweiker - Pennsylvania
State Rep. John B. Harwood - Rhode Island
State Senator William V. Irons - Rhode Island
U.S. Rep. Gerald D. Kleczka - Wisconsin
Senator Herb Kohl - Wisconsin
Gov. Scott McCallum - Wisconsin
Gov. Jim Geringer - Wyoming

Senator Joesph I. Lieberman – Connecticut
Gov. Jeb Bush - Florida
State Rep. Ann Purcell - Georgia
State Senator Robert L. Meeks - Indiana
Gov. M.J. (Mike) Foster - Louisiana
Senator Mary L. Landrieu - Louisiana
Gov. James E. McGreevey – New Jersey
U.S. Rep. Sherwood L. Boehlert – New York
State Assemblyman Charles H. Nesbitt – New York
Senator Mike DeWine - Ohia
U.S. Rep. Tim Holden - Pennsylvania
State Rep. Raymond E. Gallison, Jr. – Rhode Island
State Senator Joseph A. Montalbano – Rhode Island
State Senator John J. Tassoni, Jr. – Rhode Island
Senator Thomas A. Daschle – South Dakota
U.S. Rep. Bob Clement - Tennessee
U.S. Rep. John Tanner - Tennessee
U.S. Rep. Thomas E. Petri – Wisconsin

State Senator Mike Fasano - Florida
State Rep. Ken Birdsong - Georgia
State Rep. K. Mark Takai - Hawaii
U.S. Rep. C.A. (Dutch) Ruppersberger - Maryland
State Senator Joseph L. Bruno – New York
Gov. Michael F. Easley – North Carolina
State Senator Scott Thomas – North Carolina
Gov. John Hoeven – North Dakota
Gov. Donald L. Carcieri – Rhode Island
Senator Lindsey O. Graham – South Carolina
Major General Stanhope S. Spears (Ret) – South Carolina
Delegate M. Kirkland Cox - Virgina
Senator Jay O'Brien - Virginia
Gov. Jim Doyle - Wisconsin
Senator Russell D. Feingold - Wisconsin
State Senator John Schiffer – Wyoming

Senator Mark L. Pryor - Arkansas
U.S. Rep. Vic Snyder - Arkansas
Senator Daniel K. Akaka - Hawaii
State Rep. Ken Ito - Hawaii
State Senator Norman Sakamoto - Hawaii
State Rep. Calvin K.Y. Say - Hawaii
U.S. Rep. Steve Buyer - Indiana
Senator Richard G. Lugar - Indiana
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius - Kansas
Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco - Louisiana
Senator Christopher S. (Kit) Bond - Missouri
Secretary Bryan E. Beatty - North Carolina
Senator Elizabeth Dole - North Carolina
U.S. Rep. Dave Hobson - Ohio
Gov. James Douglas - Vermont
Delegate Franklin P. Hall - Virginia
Gov. Dave Freudenthal – Wyoming

Gov. Bill Owens - Colorado
Gov. Ruth Ann Minner - Delaware
Gov. Sonny Perdue - Georgia
U.S. Rep. Madeleine Z. Bordallo - Guam
Gov. Linda Lingle - Hawaii
U.S. Rep. Dan Burton - Indiana
U.S. Rep. Tom Latham - Iowa
U.S. Rep. Harold Rogers - Kentucky
State Senator Elizabeth Tori - Kentucky
U.S. Rep. Rodney Alexander - Louisiana
Gov. Tim Pawlenty - Minnesota
U.S. Rep. Rush Holt - New Jersey
U.S. Rep. Thomas Reynolds - New York
U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry - North Carolina
State Rep. Marian N. McLawhorn - North Carolina
State Rep. Bill Owens - North Carolina
U.S. Rep. Michael G. Oxley - Ohio
Gov. Bob Taft - Ohio
U.S. Rep. Darlene Hooley - Oregon
Gov. Ted Kulongoski - Oregon
Gov. Ed Rendell - Pennsylvania
State Senator Maryellen Goodwin - Rhode Island
State Senator M. Teresa Paiva-Weed - Rhode Island
State Rep. Stratton Bone - Tennessee
Gov. Phil Bredesen - Tennessee
U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper - Tennessee
U.S. Rep. Chet Edwards - Texas
U.S. Rep. Kay Granger - Texas
Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison - Texas
State Rep. David R. Edwards – Wyoming

U.S. Rep. Anna G. Eshoo - California
Senator Dianne Feinstein - California
U.S. Rep. Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. - Georgia
U.S. Rep. Neil Abercrombie - Hawaii
State Senator Stephen R. Morris - Kansas
Senator Mitch McConnell - Kentucky
Senator Thad Cochran - Mississippi
State Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith - Mississippi
State Senator (Retired Lt Col) Charlie Ross - Mississippi
U.S. Rep. Sam Graves - Missouri
Senator Ben Nelson - Nebraska
State Assemblyman Bernard “Bernie” Anderson - Nevada
State Senator Bob Coffin - Nevada
Senator John Ensign - Nevada
State Senator Peter A. Inverso - New Jersey
U.S. Rep. William Pascrell, Jr. - New Jersey
State Senator Walter H. Dalton - North Carolina
State Senator David W. Hoyle - North Carolina
U.S. Rep. Brad Miller - North Carolina
State Senator Tony Rand - North Carolina
U.S. Rep. Patrick J. Tiberi - Ohio
Senator James M. Inhofe - Oklahoma
Senator Tim P. Johnson - South Dakota
U.S. Rep. Bart Gordon - Tennessee
U.S. Rep. Sam Johnson - Texas
U.S. Rep. Solomon P. Ortiz - Texas
State Senator Leticia Van de Putte - Texas
Governor Jon M. Huntsman, Jr. - Utah
Lieutenant Governor Brian Dubie - Vermont
Governor Timothy M. Kaine - Virginia
State Rep. Marlin Schneider - Wisconsin
State Rep. Pete Illoway – Wyoming

State Senator Jim Waring - Arizona
Senator Blanche Lincoln - Arkansas
State Senator Lou Correa - California
U.S. Rep. Susan Davis - California
U.S. Rep. Elton Gallegly - California
State Assemblywoman Nicole M. Parra - California
U.S. Rep. Ellen O. Tauscher - California
State Rep. Cindy Evans - Hawaii
State Rep. Sharon E. Har - Hawaii
State Senator Lorraine R. Inouye - Hawaii
State Senator Shan S. Tsutsui - Hawaii
Senator Susan M. Collins - Maine
State Senator Stephen M. Brewer - Massachusetts
State Rep. Anthony J. Verga - Massachusetts
Senator Claire McCaskill - Missouri
Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton - New York
U.S. Rep. Louise Slaughter - New York
State Rep. Becky Carney - North Carolina
State Senator Steve Goss - North Carolina
State Rep. Hugh Holliman - North Carolina
State Rep. David R. Lewis - North Carolina
State Rep. Marvin W. Lucas - North Carolina
State Rep. Grier Martin - North Carolina
State Rep. Louis M. Pate Jr. - North Carolina
State Senator Joe Sam Queen - North Carolina
U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler - North Carolina
State Rep. Thom Tillis - North Carolina
Governor John Hoeven - North Dakota
State Senator Bill Harris - Ohio
State Rep. Peter Ujvagi - Ohio
U.S. Rep. Peter A. DeFazio - Oregon
U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz - Pennsylvania
Lt. Gov. Charles J. Fogarty - Rhode Island
Senator Lamar Alexander - Tennessee
Senator John Cornyn - Texas
U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar - Texas
Governor Rick Perry - Texas
State Rep. Terry Musser - Wisconsin
State Rep. Daniel Zwonitzer - Wyoming

U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords - Arizona
State Rep. Jean M. Doerge - Louisiana
Gov. John Lynch - New Hampshire
U.S. Rep. Steve Israel - New York
U.S. Rep. Earl Pomeroy - North Dakota
Gov. Brad Henry - Oklahoma
Senator John Thune - South Dakota

Gov. Bob Riley – Alabama
State Rep. Nancy A. Dahlstrom – Alaska
Senator Ted Kaufman – Delaware
State Senator Jack Hill – Georgia
U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston – Georgia
U.S. Rep. Bruce L. Braley – Iowa
U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack – Iowa
U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas – Massachusetts
Senator Judd Gregg - New Hampshire
Senator Richard Burr - North Carolina
U.S. Rep. Zach Wamp - Tennessee
U.S. Rep. John R. Carter - Texas
U.S. Rep. Michael Conaway - Texas
U.S. Rep. Ciro D. Rodriguez – Texas

U.S. Rep. Grace Napolitano - California
Gov. Bill Ritter - Colorado
U.S. Rep. Candice Miller - Michigan
State Senator John S. Barnes - New Hampshire
U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn - Tennessee
Gov. Christine O. Gregoire - Washington
Senator Patty Murray - Washington
U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall - West Virginia

U.S. Rep. Jerry Lewis - California
State Speaker John A. Pérez - California
Senator Chris Coons - Delaware
Gov. Jack Markell - Delaware
U.S. Rep. Mazie K. Hirono - Hawaii
Gov. Mitch Daniels - Indiana
State Senator Daryl Beall - Iowa
Gov. Bobby Jindal - Louisiana
Gov. Brian Sandoval - Nevada
Gov. Beverly E. Perdue - North Carolina
Gov. Tom Corbett - Pennsylvania
Gov. Luis G. Fortuno - Puerto Rico

State Senator Bill Wielechowski - Alaska
U.S. Rep. Duncan D. Hunter - California
U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa - Hawaii
Senator Joe Donnelly - Indiana
State Senator Thomas Wyss - Indiana
Gov. Steve Beshear - Kentucky
U.S. Rep. William R. Keating - Massachusetts
Gov. Jay Nixon - Missouri
U.S. Rep. Mark Amodei -Nevada
Senator Ron Wyden - Oregon
Senator Jay Rockefeller - West Virginia

Senator Mark Begich - Alaska
U.S. Rep. Donald E. Young - Alaska
U.S. Rep. Alan Lowenthal - California
Senator Richard Durbin - Illinois
U.S. Rep. Tim Walz - Minnesota
Senator Roy Blunt - Missouri
Senator Kelly Ayotte - New Hampshire
U.S. Rep. Addison Graves (Joe) Wilson - South Carolina

Gov. Robert Bentley, Alabama 
U.S. Rep. John C. Carney Jr., Delaware
Senator Gerald “Jerry” Moran, Kansas 
U.S. Rep. John Kline, Minnesota 
U.S. Rep. Michael Turner, Ohio 
State Rep. James E. Smith Jr., South Carolina 
Gov. Bill Haslam, Tennessee

Gov. Rick Scott, Florida
Gov. Eddie B. Calvo, Guam
Sen. Brian Schatz, Hawaii
Gov. Lawrence "Larry" Hogan, Maryland
State Sen. Sue Crawford, Nebraska
Gov. Maggie Hassan, New Hampshire
Gov. Susana Martinez, New Mexico

U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, Hawaii
U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, Kentucky
State Rep. Tim Moore, Kentucky
State Senator Wayne Wallingford, Missouri
U.S. Rep. Walter Jones, North Carolina