The New Mexico National Guard Hall of Honor

The New Mexico National Guard Hall of Honor was founded in 2019 by the New Mexico Military Museum Foundation to honor those New Mexicans, living or deceased, who have served in the New Mexico National Guard with records of extraordinary service to our communities, state and nation. The annual induction is held every year on Veterans Day.

Each year the New Mexico National Guard Hall of Honor Selection Board selects New Mexico National Guard Soldiers and Airmen to be inducted into the New Mexico National Guard Military Hall of Honor (NMNGHH) from the many nominees submitted by nominators from across the country.


The Location

The New Mexico Military Museum, which is the home of the New Mexico National Guard Hall of Honor, is located at 1050 Old Pecos Trail, Santa Fe, N.M.  The Hall of Honor features all the inductees through multiple displays to include an interactive electronic display ‘kiosk’ featuring the stories of each member of the NMNG Hall of Honor. Recognition received at the event from government officials/dignitaries and from the media are permanently recorded and displayed for public viewing.  Please visit this wonderful display honoring our New Mexico Heroes on your next trip to Santa Fe.


Nominators

Nominators may be anyone from anywhere who are familiar with the military record of service of those they nominate. It is the Nominator’s job to supply all required information needed for evaluation by the Selection Committee. Nominations are due no later than June 1st of each year.

The criteria for the rating system are threefold: (1) the military record of the individual, to include heroic and/or extraordinary leadership action, service or sacrifice, principal awards achieved; (2) civilian public service and/or patriotic service, to include civic work, service to veterans, projects influencing or motivating youth, helping the handicapped or disabled, community improvements, and leadership positions, etc; and (3) an established New Mexico National Guard connection.


Criteria for Rating the Nominee:

The military record of the individual must demonstrate heroic and/or extraordinary leadership action, service, or sacrifice; and principal awards received. These items must be documented on the DD-214 (separation/discharge document or equivalent NGB 22).

Nominee must have outstanding civilian public service and/or patriotic service to include civic work, service to veterans projects influencing or motivating youth, helping the handicapped and disabled, community improvements, leadership positions, etc.

Nominee must have a well-established New Mexico National Guard connection. Nominee must be a native New Mexican or have lived a major portion of his/her life in New Mexico. This may also include one who played a major role in one of the military installations in the New Mexico National Guard, not one who simply passes through one of the installations during a military career.


Selection Process:

The NMNGHH typically has about 10 nomination packets to review each year. Nominees being considered by the Selection Committee must receive a certain minimum qualifying score to be in the running for selection. The top scorer becomes the selectee for the next annual event.

If a nominee is not selected but receives a minimum qualifying score, then the nominee will be reconsidered in subsequent years by the Selection Committee. It is not necessary for the Nominator to re-submit a new nomination packet each year. However, the Nominator is encouraged to submit any significant new information for addition to the nominee’s file.

Nominees may be living or deceased. A number of inductees from past years who were killed in action or killed during their years of military service had little or no civilian public service activities. In their cases, selection is based solely upon their heroic actions and/or extraordinary military service.


When your nominee becomes a selectee:

We also refer to selectees as inductees or honorees. The nominator and honoree will be assigned an NMNGHH volunteer called an Ambassador-in-Charge (AIC). The two of you will work closely to coordinate all required details for your honoree. The induction event on Veterans Day is moving and memorable.


Tips for a good Nominee Packet:

Please label the backs of all photos with name, rank, branch of service and year, if known.

Please send copies of all items. If you do send originals, please include a self-addressed stamped envelope so we can return them to you. NMNGHH will not be responsible for lost original documents.

A bulging application packet over-loaded with letters and loose clippings is likely to have something overlooked or lost. It is best to submit a clear, concise packet with only the most important documentation such as major military citations, civilian awards, and pertinent news articles.

Please send the Nominee Packet to:

New Mexico National Guard
Attn:  MITCHELL O. BRUSH, CMSgt, USAF
Command Senior Enlisted Leader
47 Bataan Blvd.
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87508

For questions about the Nominee packet, please call CMSgt Mitchell Brush at ☎ Office – (505) 407-3361 or Email:  mitchell.o.brush.mil@mail.mil

 

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