Oct 19, 2006
Press Release

Nashville---U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper was the recent recipient of the prestigious Charles Dick Medal of Merit,presented by the National Guard Association of the United States for his contributions to the National Guard.

The presentation was made by Brig. Gen. Stephen M. Koper (Ret), President of the association, during the Change of Command ceremony at the 118th Airwing of the Tennessee National Guard on October 14. Also participating in the ceremony was Maj. Gen. Gus Hargett, Jr., Tennessee's Adjutant General.

"I am honored and humbled to be recognized by the heroic men and women of the National Guard with this award," Cooper said. "It is their dedication and selfless service to our country that inspires and protects each of us every day. I can think of no greater honor than to be saluted by the outstanding men and women of the Tennessee National Guard."

Congressman Cooper is a member of the House Armed Services Committee.

According to the Tennessee National Guard, the Charles Dick Medal of Merit was established in 1988 to recognize extraordinary long-term support of the National Guard by a state legislator, governor or member of Congress and is one of the highest awards bestowed by the National Guard Association of the United States. The criterion for the award is that the individual must have distinguished him or herself over extended periods of time in their support of the National Guard.

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 effect and the results of the act should outlast the tenure in office of the individual.

The medal is name in honor of Maj. Gen. Charles Dick, who was 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. Gen. Dick was responsible for the passage of the Dick Acts of 1903 and 1908 that established the foundation of today's modern National Guard.