- Advocacy & Policy
- Research Center
September 15, 2010
The Aerospace Industries Association will present Representative Norman D. Dicks (D-Wash.) with the prestigious Wings of Liberty Award this evening, in recognition of his longtime support of the aerospace and defense industry.
Rep. Dicks, who chairs the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, is on the front line in supporting our fighting men and women. He also co-chairs the House Aerospace Caucus, where he continues to call attention to the important issues facing the nation’s transportation infrastructure and the U.S. defense industry.
“Congressman Dicks has been a stalwart supporter of this industry for nearly a quarter of a century,” said Scott Donnelly, chairman of the AIA Board of Governors. “His leadership on these issues is a fine example of his service in Congress.” Donnelly is chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer of Textron Inc.
“It is an honor to present Congressman Dicks with the aerospace industry’s highest award,” added AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey. “We all know that whenever there is a national security issue that Rep. Dicks will be at the forefront.”
Dicks serves his Washington State constituents on both the Defense and Interior and Environment Subcommittees. His depth of knowledge of highly classified defense programs led to his appointment to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence in 1990 and, ultimately, to the award of the CIA Director’s Medal in late 1998.
The Wings of Liberty award is presented periodically to members of Congress who have made significant contributions to help bolster aerospace and national defense. The award, which embodies the spirit of America and the drive to achieve any dream, will be made at a reception on Capitol Hill, one of several events celebrating National Aerospace Week. Past honorees include Senator Daniel Inouye, former Transportation Secretary and U.S. Rep. Norman Mineta, Rep. Donald Manzullo, Sen. John Warner and Sen. Jay Rockefeller.