Hawaii in 2013

A Good Time in Hawaii ……………

The 135th National Guard Association of the United States Conference and Exhibition in Hawaii was a most enjoyable experience for the forty Arkansas association delegates, guests and corporate members in attendance this September. The group was housed at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel on Waikiki Beach with most all conference activities taking place in the Hawaii Convention Center to include the business sessions, Governor’s Reception and States Dinner. Hospitality Night events were held at different locations sponsored by the various states. Arkansas co-sponsored a hospitality event with other SEC states at the Honolulu Hard Rock Cafe. It was a major success with people from other states standing in line to get into the building. Our company grade officers were treated to a luau and had a wonderful time, and ten of our attendees got their early morning exercise hiking up the beautiful Diamond Head volcanic crater. All seven draft resolutions submitted by Arkansas were adopted and will be part of the legislation that NGAUS will endorse.

Seven NGAUS awards were presented to Arkansas individuals and organizations at the
conference. These are:

  • Patrick Henry Award: 188th Fighter Wing Steering Committee

  • 100% Membership Award (8th consecutive year): National Guard Association of Arkansas

  • Distinguished Service Medal: Ms. Judy Shere

  • Distinguished Service Medal: Master Sergeant (Ret) Bob Morgan

  • Theodore Roosevelt Leadership Award: Captain Leon Parham

  • Theodore Roosevelt Leadership Award: Captain Jim Garvey

  • Eagle Rising Award: CW2 Keith Dortch

You will want to check out the Photo Gallery at this site for photos of the presentations, candid shots of the Arkansas delegation and some of the local scenery in Hawaii.

A big thanks to everyone that attended this year’s conference … your association is very proud to have had such a large representation from Arkansas at this national event. From all indications, the conference was a great experience for everyone and all are marking their calendars for the 136th NGAUS Conference in Chicago, Illinois, August 22-25, 2014.

Kenneth Moix
Executive Director

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