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June 27, 2022

Civil Air Patrol’s New Jersey Wing

Receives Prestigious Governor’s Jefferson Award


June 27, 022 – JMDL, NJ - “It is with great pride and excitement that I am able to announce that the New Jersey Wing has been selected as a recipient of the prestigious Jefferson Award. Known as the Pulitzer Prize of Volunterism, the award was granted to our Wing for the outstanding community service all of you provided both during and after the COVID pandemic. “ stated New Jersey Wing Commander, Colonel Andrew Liput addressing members of New Jersey Wing.

Volunteers can be nominated in number of catagories that range from Animal Welfare, Youth in Service, Education, and Corporate Leadership to Health Care Service, Emergency Services/First Respoders, and Service Through STEM, to name a few. 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’.(1)  New Jersey Wing was nominated in the Service by/for Armed Service Members/Veterans/Military category for their tireless dedication and vigilance during and after the COVID pandemic.  

Col Liput and Lieutenant Colonel Matt Hooper were among the honored nominees selected to attend the presentation ceremony held at the, Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton Township. This category recognizes extraordinary volunteer service in support of or performed by veterans and those in active military service. Colonel Liput concluded his address to the members of New Jersey Wing by saying, “This award was accepted on behalf of all of you.  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 NJ Governor’s Office of Volunteerism in partnership with the NJ Governor’s Advisory Council on Volunteerism and Community Service and NJ Advance Media. Nominations go through a rigorous selection process where there is an initial screening to determine which nominations go through to the judges. Our judging panels consist of members of the NJ Governor’s Advisory Council on Volunteerism and Community Service, previous award winners, and community partners.(2)





Photo Attachment:

(Left to Right) 

-Edward J. O’Malley, chair Emeritus of the Governor’s Advisory Council on Volunteerism and Community Service

-Lieutenant Colonel Matt Hooper, Director of Emergency Services New Jersey Wing

-Colonel Andrew Liput, Commander New Jersey Wing

-Michele Hayes, New Jersey Advance Media Vice President of Marketing

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