SACRAMENTO, CAâ€” State Senator Lou Correa today received high honors from the National Guard Association of California (NGAC) for his strong support to Californiaâ€™s servicemen and women. Â Senator Correa was the recipient of the Charles Dick Medal of Merit award. The ceremony took place at the California National Guard headquarters in Sacramento.
Established in 1988, the award is presented to an individual in state of federal elected office who has distinguished him or herself through their support of the National Guard over an extended period of time.Â
â€œThis recognition is well deserved,â€ said General William H. Wade, Adjutant General of the California National Guard. â€œSenator Correa stood with our Guard men and women in preparation for deployment and continues to be a strong advocate on their behalf.â€
The medal is named in honor of Major General Charles Dick, president of the National Guard Association of the United States from 1902 to 1909, a major general in the Ohio National Guard, a Congressman and later a Senator. Maj. Gen. Dick was responsible for the passage of the Militia Acts of 1903 and 1908, also knows as the Dick Acts that established the foundation of the modern National Guard.
â€œI am proud to support the men and women of the California National Guard. Their service to the people of California is immeasurable and irreplaceable. As a Californian, I am forever in their debt,â€ said Senator Correa.
Senator Lou Correa represents the 34th California Senatorial District, which includes the cities Anaheim, Santa Ana, Garden Grove, Westminster, Stanton, Buena Park, and Fullerton.