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Rep. Candice Miller Receives 2012 EANGUS Eagle Award

by Candice Miller on February 23, 2012

Jenny Whalen
http://macomb.patch.com/announcements/rep-candice-miller-receives-2012-eangus-eagle-award
U.S. Rep. Candice Miller (R-10) is the latest recipient of the 2012 Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States (EANGUS) G.V. “Sonny” Montgomery Eagle Award.
 
Miller was presented with the award Tuesday, Feb. 22, during a meeting of the Selfridge Base Community Council at Selfridge Air National Guard Base. The 2012 Eagle Award was given by the EANGUS to two members of the House of Representatives and one member of the Senate who contributed outstanding and exceptional service to the National Guard.
 
This award was given in part to recognize Miller’s work to attach an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2012 National Defense Authorization Act that would finally make the Chief of the National Guard Bureau a statutory member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. This change will provide the National Guard the ability to influence budgetary and policy decisions as they are made by the JCS.
 
“After several years of advocating with my colleagues and building support, I was proud that we finally succeeded in providing the National Guard with full memberships on the Joint Chiefs of Staff,” Miller said, in a prepared statement. “We all know there are more challenges to come, particularly with the President’s budget calling for the elimination of the 107th Fighter Squadron based here at Selfridge ANGB which if allowed to stand would mean the A-10s would leave the base.
 
“These cuts to the Michigan Air National Guard are the highest in the nation with literally hundreds of jobs eliminated. With the Chief of the National Guard Bureau having a seat at the Joint Chiefs, it is my hope that they will be able to make the case for the A-10’s at Selfridge. I am committed to that fight and will work with Michigan’s entire congressional delegation to make a united front against these cuts in the National Guard.”

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