Guam – Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo has announced that the Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States has awarded Matthew Herrmann, the Legislative Director in her Washington, D.C. office, the Militia Award for his support and commitment to the National Guard.
The Militia Award is given to one House and one Senate staffer each year to recognize those who have distinguished themselves by advancing the interests of the enlisted soldiers and airmen of the United States National Guard.
Matthew joined Congresswoman Bordallo’s office in 2007 as a Legislative Assistant for her National Defense, Homeland Security, Veterans, Transportation, Foreign Relations and Trade policy matters. He was appointed her Legislative Director in 2009 and oversees the Congresswoman’s legislative initiatives and strategies. He previously served as the Executive Officer to the Director of the National Guard Bureau’s (NGB) Office of Legislative Affairs from 2004 to 2007. As the Executive Officer, Matt worked with senior leadership within NGB to develop new and innovative ways to ensure unity of effort among all National Guard Bureau directorates and advise them on legislative matters impacting the National Guard.
Matt is receiving this award, in part, due to his efforts in advancing legislation introduced by Congresswoman Bordallo to bring parity in housing allowance payments for members of the National Guard that transition between Title 10 and Title 32 orders. Matt has also worked with the senior DoD officials in advocating, on the Congresswoman’s behalf, for a flying mission for the Guam Air National Guard. He has worked with the Guam National Guard, the Army and other DoD officials in extending certain travel allowances that are paid to servicemembers from the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands who are training with the Guam National Guard on Guam. This authority and payment are critical to the readiness and strength of our Guam National Guard.
“Matt’s strong for support for our National Guard and understanding of the complex challenges facing our armed services have brought an important perspective on military issues to my office,” said Congresswoman Bordallo. “His advice and counsel have been invaluable as I work to advance our island’s interest in our nation’s capital. I congratulate him on receiving this award, and I thank him for his commitment our National Guardsmen, my office, and the people of Guam.”
PHOTO CAPTION: Congresswoman Bordallo’s Legislative Director Matthew Herrmann receives the Militia Award for his support of the National Guard Bureau. (L-R) Roger Hagan, President of the Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States (EANGUS), Herrmann, CMSgt. Denise Jelinski-Hall, senior enlisted advisor to the chief of the National Guard Bureau, and Jenny Lainhart, auxiliary President of EANGUS.