The Air Force Association recognized the efforts of Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, in support of the Air Force, by bestowing its highest civilian award to the congressman at a reception held recently in Washington, D.C.
The AFA chairman of the board, Joe Sutter, presented Hatch with the W. Stuart Symington Award, saying, "The Air Force Association is proud to recognize outstanding contributions to the nation and to the U.S. Air Force."
Hatch released an official statement in connection with the award noting, "Receiving the Symington Award is something I will always treasure. I am doubly honored to share this prestigious honor with another hero of mine, namely President Ronald Reagan. I have a deep respect for and abiding commitment to the mission of the United States Air Force. I commend the men and women who make up the Air Force for the courage, dedication and strength they display on a daily basis. This is especially evident at Hill Air Force Base, among the service members and support staff who carry out their vitally important duties with pride and professionalism."
He went on to say, "The sacrifices Air Force members make for all Americans can never be forgotten. That is why I am honored to support this wonderful organization and the superb professionals who call it home."
Standard-Examiner staff contributed material to this article.