Bordallo receives medal from National Guard Association

From The Guam Daily Post:

577a07d6db33d.imageGuam Delegate Madeleine Bordallo was presented with the Montgomery Medal by Brig. Gen. Roderick R. Leon Guerrero, the adjutant general of the Guam National Guard, and Maj. Manuel Duenas, current president of the National Guard Association of Guam, for the outstanding support she has provided to the Guam Guard for so many years.

The medal was actually awarded last year. However, Bordallo was not available to attend the annual National Guard Association of the United States (NGAUS) conference last year in Nashville, Tennessee.

NGAUS was formed in 1878 with the goal of working with Congress to better equip the militia. NGAUS’ mission has remained the same 138 years later, but its role has expanded as the Guard has grown from a hometown militia to an operational reserve, serving as a homeland force and in overseas operations.

Bordallo has helped to grow the Guam National Guard by securing funding for its modern, state-of-the-art facilities and helping soldiers and Airmen remain ready to serve the island and the nation.

The Montgomery Medal was first presented in 2004, providing the mechanism to recognize an individual (or organization) who provides outstanding support in pursuit of the NGAUS objectives.

The award bears former Representative Sonny Montgomery’s likeness on a five-sided medal. The shape is intended to symbolize not only his contributions to the Guard, but all U.S. military and veterans.

The medal is constructed in high relief to give the medal a look of great depth and dimension as opposed to a flat strike. The Capitol Dome rises from the top of the medal. “G.V. Sonny Montgomery” is inscribed at the top with “NGAUS” inscribed at the bottom and two stars on two of the sides. The medal is attached to a red and white ribbon.

Only one Montgomery Medal may be given in a single calendar year – Bordallo being one of only a dozen recipients.

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