Selective Service System honors head of Maine National Guard and state lawmaker

Posted Aug. 08, 2011, at 12:43 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maj. Gen. John W. Libby, adjutant general of the Maine National Guard, and state Rep. Jarrod Crockett of Bethel have received the Honored Patriot award from the Selective Service System.

Ret. Col. Averill Black, state director of the Selective Service System, presented the awards during a ceremony on Aug. 6 in Augusta.

Libby received the award as a longtime champion of the Selective Service System and for his assistance gaining support for recent legislation passed in the Maine Legislature.

Crockett, who is a major in the Maine Army National Guard, received the award for sponsoring a bill passed by the Legislature that assists males age 18-26 to register for Selective Service when they renew their Maine drivers license.

The draft, created in 1948, was removed in 1973 when the United States switched to an all-volunteer army as the war in Vietnam drew to a close. Now, men age 18-26 are required to register with the Selective Service System, which would be activated during a national emergency. Those who fail to register could be denied government benefits or a job.

For more information, visit http://www.sss.gov/regist%20information.htm.

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