The Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) presented U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) with its highest annual award Tuesday during a ceremony on Capitol Hill. The Col. Arthur T. Marix Congressional Leadership Award was given to Thornberry, who serves as the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, for his strong leadership and support of the uniformed services community.
“I am very grateful for this award, but the real credit belongs to the men and women who serve or have served and their families,” Thornberry said. “Our job is to support them, and I appreciate MOAA’s role in advocating for our people and our national security.”
MOAA is the nation’s largest and most influential association of active duty, National Guard, Reserve, retired and former military officers and their families and survivors. The association annually recognizes individuals or organizations that strongly support service members and their families.
“As chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Rep. Thornberry has shown consistent, strong leadership in supporting personnel, compensation and healthcare programs for the military community,” said retired Air Force General Tony Robertson, MOAA chairman of the board. “He is a true champion for those that wear and have worn the uniform, and their families.”
Col. Arthur T. Marix founded MOAA in 1929 and served as the association’s first president until 1944. MOAA has awarded the Marix award since 1997.