U.S. Representative Candice Miller was presented with the Harry S. Truman Award from the National Guard Association of the United States yesterday morning during the Selfridge Base Community Council Meeting. The Truman Award is the Guard Association’s highest honor, and according to the Association is given to those who have made sustained contributions of exceptional and far-reaching magnitude to the defense and security of the United States in a manner worthy of recognition at the national level. Previous recipients include Bob Hope, President Ronald Reagan, President George H.W. Bush, and Senator Bob Dole among others. Rep. Miller receives this award following her successful efforts to give the Head of the National Guard Bureau a seat on the Joint Chiefs of Staff and to protect the Air National Guard from disproportionate cuts in the 2013 budget which would have meant the elimination of the 107th Fighter Squadron of the Michigan Air National Guard based at Selfridge. Rep. Miller also becomes the first woman to ever receive this award. The Truman Award was presented to Rep. Miller by General Gus Hargett, the President of NGAUS, and Major General Gregory J. Vadnais, Michigan Adjutant General.