WASHINGTON, D.C. — Since its inception hundreds of years ago, the National Guard has made extraordinary contributions to communities and the country during times of war and natural disasters.
Celebrating the rich history of these brave men and women in the Guard is the National Guard Museum, made possible by organizations such as TriWest Healthcare Alliance, which administers access to TRICARE, the military’s health care plan, throughout its 21-state west region.
In appreciation of TriWest's continued support of the museum and the National Guard Educational Foundation, Maj. Gen Tod Bunting, newly-elected chairman of National Guard Association of the United States (NGAUS), presented TriWest President and CEO David J. McIntyre, Jr. with the prestigious Legion De Lafayette Award. McIntyre accepted the award at a formal banquet on September 22 in Washington, D.C.
"The National Guard today has an integral role protecting our nation," McIntyre said. "The thousands of men and women in the Guard have unselfishly responded to the call and sacrificed so much to protect our freedom. At TriWest, we believe they need to be honored and their legacy preserved, which we proudly contribute to NGAUS."
The National Guard Educational Foundation helps preserve and protect the National Guard’s most valuable artifacts, such as weaponry, uniforms, photos, artwork and letters written by Guardsmen during wartime.
All of the artifacts are on display at the museum, which traces the history and evolution of the Guard from its beginning to its duties after the September 11 terrorist attacks.
The National Guard museum is situated a few steps away from the Capitol Building at the National Guard Memorial Building, One Massachusetts Avenue NW, in Washington, D.C.
It is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays, or by appointment. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.ngef.org.