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April 14, 2017 at 6:53am

Legislators, governor honor Guard

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Members of the Washington National Guard were honored by the State Legislature, April 7, with resolutions thanking the Guard for serving "the country as guardians of American interests at home and abroad."

Gov. Jay Inslee also thanked soldiers and airmen and gave out awards to outstanding Guard members for their service. The National Guard Association of Washington, which hosted a breakfast for legislators and the Guard, also paid tribute to lawmakers.

"I have seen tired members of the Guard with a smile on their face and dirt in their ears at these fires and the 530 landslide," Inslee told Guard members. "And the public has felt that professionalism at Oso and the fires. The fact that this unit can be so professional both in support of the emergencies we have and in responding to national security threats is a real testament to a real adaptable group. It is true that the Washington National Guard is leading the nation in multiple areas of creativity and new ways of doing business."

Inslee also praised the Guard for its work in cybersecurity, noting the 262nd cyberspace operations has been recognized as the best in the nation.

"You ask some of our commanders out there what keeps them up at night and it is cyber warfare," Inslee said. "There is no better outfit than this one to lead the nation than the Washington National Guard - and we are leading the nation."

The event included a chance for lawmakers to get to know officers and enlisted soldiers and airmen across the Washington National Guard, as well as meet members of the Washington state Guard, visit tables set up by the Washington Emergency Management Division, promoting a new Two Weeks Ready message, and the Washington Youth Academy, which celebrated its 2000th graduate in December.

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