CHEYENNE – Wyoming Governor Matt Mead and Wyoming Office of Homeland Security Director Guy Cameron were recognized by the National Guard Association and the Wyoming Military Department during the Oct. 13 Governor’s Reception in Cheyenne.
Retired Command Sgt. Maj. and Wyoming NGA president Kenton Franklin presented Cameron with the association’s Patrick Henry Award.
Cameron was praised as a constant supporter of the Wyoming National Guard. His support in the creation of National Guard Rapid Access Teams to assist with flash flood preemptive planning, and the subsequent mitigation of potential devastation by prepositioning sandbags and barriers ahead of spring runoff, was highlighted.
Gov. Mead received the NGA’s Charles Dick Medal of Merit during what will be his last annual reception. Mead was recognized for his support of Wyoming NG soldiers and airmen when deploying or coming home, and even while deployed.
Mead was cited for giving his personal cell phone number to family members of deployed guardsmen, and guidance to call him if they needed anything.
Mead took the opportunity to award Maj. Gen. Luke Reiner, the state’s 26th adjutant general, with the Distinguished Service Ribbon.
“Maj. Gen. Reiner’s national level leadership and influence have helped shape the strategy of our Army and Air Force,” the citation stated. “His boundless energy and vision have directly impacted the Wyoming Military Department’s ability to anticipate, respond and recover during state emergencies.”