Kirk home, presents Lincolnwood colonel with military award
In the middle of a two-week recess, U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk is home in Chicago for the first time since returning to Congress in January following a yearlong recovery from a serious stroke.
Kirk is not expected to hold any public events, but his staff announced today that he spent some time presenting Lincolnwood resident Joseph Noferi with the Legion of Merit military award.
The Legion of Merit award was established by Congress in 1942 and is presented to members of the armed forces for exceptional meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding service and achievement. Noferi, an Army colonel who served as a reserve attache to Italy and the United Kingdom and directorate for counterintelligence and human intelligence with the Defense Intelligence Agency, received the award in recognition of 30 years of exceptional service as a U.S. Army Reservist.
“Through his commitment and leadership, Colonel Noferi has proven himself an invaluable asset to our nation,” Kirk said in a statement. “I am proud to present him with the Legion of Merit award in recognition of the numerous contributions that he has made as an Army reservist.”