Defense companies, a university, individuals and a state National Guard association were among the donors recognized Saturday in a ceremony at the National Guard Memorial, the NGAUS headquarters in Washington, D.C.
The list of donors included the NGAUS chairman and his wife.
The donors contributed a total of $185,000 to the National Guard Educational Foundation and were honored as members of the Legion de Lafayette following a meeting of the association’s board of directors. The Legion de Lafayette is an organization reserved for the largest donors to NGEF.
“Once again, we are grateful for the generosity of those who value the work of NGEF and are willing to demonstrate it,” said Luke Guthrie, the NGAUS director of membership, marketing and development.
NGEF was established in 1975 to tell the story of the National Guard. It operates the National Guard Memorial Museum and the library, which holds more than 6,000 volumes and documents related to the militia history of the United States.
Among those attending the ceremony were Gen. Frank J. Grass, the chief of the National Guard Bureau, and Lt. Gen. Joseph L. Lengyel, the vice chief of the National Guard Bureau.
The donors recognized at the ceremony were:
Affinity eSolutions Inc.; Ashford University; Big Ass Fans; Brede Allied Convention Services; CALCULEX, Inc.; Cobham; DRS Technologies; Laser Shot; LiteFighter Systems, LLC; National Guard Youth Foundation; Nevada National Guard Association; Northrop Grumman; Raydon; Sikorsky; USAA; George G. Demetriades Jr.; retired Lt. Col. Kenneth Godin; retired Col. Benjamin Lucas II; and Maj. Gen. Steve Danner, the NGAUS chairman, and his wife, Kathleen.