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The Begich Minute: Begich Receives “Eagle” Award for Work to Advance U.S. National Guard Interests


Awarded G.V. “Sonny” Montgomery Eagle Award for Successful work on Expanding Space Available Benefits
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In recognition of his legislative efforts on behalf of National Guardsmen and their families, U.S. Sen. Mark Begich was awarded the G.V. “Sonny” Montgomery Eagle Award by the Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States (EANGUS). 

Specifically, Sen. Begich was honored for his work expanding space-available travel benefits for National Guardsmen and their families and for his advocacy against the disproportional cuts proposed to the Air National Guard last year by the Air Force.

“I am both honored and humbled to receive this year’s Eagle Award. Our National Guard members fight for our country overseas and we rely on them back home for homeland defense, search and rescue and a myriad of other missions. They are the oldest component of our Armed Forces and expanding their space-available benefits was long overdue.”


Alaska is one of the top 15 states/territories with the highest National Guard Membership per 1000 of Population.  During his tenure in the Senate, Sen. Begich has been a vocal advocate of expanding benefits for National Guard members and their families.

Begich was presented the award from Stephen Burris, the President of the Alaska National Guard Enlisted Association (ANGEA). President Burris is also the Chief Superintendent of 176th Air Control Squadron (ACS) at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER) in Anchorage. 

About the award: The Eagle award recognizes individuals who have notably advanced the interests of enlisted soldiers and airman in the U.S. National Guard. The award is given each year to a U.S. Senator and a U. S. Representative.  The award is named in recognition of Sonny Montgomery, a Congressman from Mississippi who served for 30 years in the House of Representatives. He was a retired general from the Mississippi National Guard who served in WWII.

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