Congressman Palazzo awarded 2014 Eangus Sonny Montgomery Eagle award

JACKSON, MS (WDAM) -  This is a news release from the office of Stephen Palazzo

WASHINGTON D.C. (Jan. 17, 2014) – The Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States (EANGUS) is pleased to announce that U.S. Representative Steven Palazzo (R-MS) has been selected to receive the G.V. "Sonny" Montgomery Eagle Award.  The award is given to members of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives who have contributed outstanding and exceptional service to the National Guard.

U.S. Representative Steven Palazzo is the only member of Congress concurrently serving as an enlisted member of the National Guard and has worked tirelessly to support his fellow National Guardsmen. In 2013, Representative Palazzo fought to protect dual-status military technicians from furlough; worked to ensure that the National Guard Lakota helicopter program was not cut from the President's budget; held the Air Force accountable for their lack of foresight in a fiscally constrained environment when they attempted to arbitrarily move National Guard flying missions without considering the costs associated with the move; and introduced bipartisan legislation to expand the National Guard's cyber capabilities.

EANGUS President John Helbert stated, "Congressman Palazzo's support for the National Guard is second to none.  I am pleased to acknowledge Representative Palazzo's hard work on behalf of members of the National Guard by awarding him the 2014 G.V. "Sonny" Montgomery Eagle Award. It is even more significant, since Sonny Montgomery served as both Adjutant General and U.S. Senator for the great state of Mississippi."

Congressman Palazzo stated, "As a veteran serving in Congress, I try to be a voice and an advocate for all of our men and women in uniform.  But having spent 25 years in the Guard and Reserves, I understand the Guard's unique role and the need for a strong advocate. Over the past year, I was honored to be able to specifically advocate on behalf of military technicians at Camp Shelby, Mississippi, and across the nation. I want to thank EANGUS for their work on behalf of enlisted Guardsmen and I plan to continue partnering with them to ensure our men and women in the National Guard receive the recognition and treatment they deserve."

The Militia Award for most valuable U.S. House staff contributions will be presented to Chad Sydnor, Military Legislative Assistant U.S. Representative Joe Wilson (R-SC).  Chad's tireless efforts in coordinating responses on the Capitol Hill ensured the National Guard was properly represented during any force structure recommendations.

The "Eagle Awards" and associated "Militia Awards" for congressional staff will be presented at the EANGUS Congressional Awards Reception on Monday, February 3, 2014 at the Phoenix Park Hotel located at 520 North Capitol Street, NW, Washington D.C. 20001.  The reception starts at 6PM with the awards presented at 7PM.

About EANGUS: The association serves 45,000 active members and works to advance the interests of 412,000 enlisted personnel serving their fellow citizens in their home states and when mobilized for overseas duty.  Reflecting the spirit of America in over 3,000 communities across the nation, the men and women of the National Guard serve to defend their nation from threats abroad as well as to respond to natural and manmade disasters in their home state.