Wilson Presented with Military Officers Association of America’s Highest Award
On April 12, 2011, Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) was presented with the Colonel Arthur T. Marix Congressional Leadership Award by the Military Officers Association of America. The award honors Members of Congress who, without regard to political affiliation, have been consistently strong supporters of national defense and the uniformed services community.
“As an individual legislator and as a leader on the Armed Services Committee,” said MOAA Board Chairman Admiral Steve Abbot (USN-Ret), “Representative Joe Wilson has championed efforts to upgrade military pay raises, eliminate penalties for disabled retirees and survivors, prohibit inappropriate TRICARE fee increases, and relieve inequities affecting Guard and Reserve members and families, among many other initiatives. We are honored to present him MOAA’s highest award.”
Congressman Wilson stated, “With over 370,000 members representing military officers, the Military Officers Association of America is very important to me. Having served for 31 years and retiring as a Colonel in the National Guard, I understand the importance of MOAA’s mission: which is to advocate for a strong national defense while representing the interests of military officers at every stage of their career. Receiving this award humbles me and I am honored to have received it.”