Honolulu – Lieutenant Governor Shan Tsutsui today officially received the Charles Dick Medal of Merit Award, one of the highest awards given by the National Guard Association of the United States. Representative Mark Takai presented the award to the Lieutenant Governor.
The award presentation came as a surprise to Lieutenant Governor Tsutsui. It was given to him during Representative Mark Takai’s promotion ceremony to Lieutenant Colonel. Takai is a member of the Hawaii Army National Guard.
“It is a tremendous honor to be recognized by the National Guard Association and to receive an award with such magnitude is humbling,” said Lieutenant Governor Shan Tsutsui.
U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono and former U.S. Senator Dan Akaka are among several Hawaii officials who have received the Charles Dick Medal of Merit Award.
The Charles Dick Medal of Merit was established in 1988 and is designed to recognize the contributions to the National Guard by elected representatives to legislative bodies at the state and national levels. The medal is named in honor of Major General Charles Dick, NGAUS president from 1902 to 1909, a major general in the Ohio National Guard, a Congressman and later a Senator. Dick was responsible for the passage of the Dick Acts of 1903 and 1908 that established the foundation of the modern National Guard.