New Jersey Wing Honored for Pandemic Response
The New Jersey Wing has been recognized with the Governor's Jefferson Award – known in the state as “the Pulitzer Prize of volunteerism” – for community service in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The wing was honored for Service by/for Armed Service Members/Veterans/Military, one of 19 nomination categories. According to the Department of State Volunteer and National Service website, “Recipients demonstrate unique vision, dedication, tenacity of heroic proportion and serve as an inspiration to others.”
Col. Andrew Liput, wing commander, and Lt. Col. Matt Hooper, director of emergency services, were among the those attending the presentation ceremony.
“This award was accepted on behalf of all of you,” Liput told wing members. “ You should be proud of this recognition of your efforts.
“Once again, thank you for your dedicated service. I'm proud to be your wing commander”.
The New Jersey State Governor’s Jefferson Awards are administered by the Governor’s Office of Volunteerism in partnership with the Governor’s Advisory Council on Volunteerism and Community Service and New Jersey Advance Media. Nominations go through a rigorous selection process, with an initial screening to determine which nominations reach the judges – members of the Advisory Council on Volunteerism and Community Service, previous award winners, and community partners.
Capt. Lynda Rosencrans
Public Affairs Officer
New Jersey Wing