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WVC 15 - 1 G- 1 §15-1G-1. The West Virginia distinguished service medal.

The "West Virginia distinguished service medal" may be awarded:

(a) To former or present governors of the state of West Virginia as commanders in chief of the West Virginia national guard;

(b) To such officers and enlisted men in the West Virginia national guard as may have, or may hereafter render conspicuous or distinguished service in the line of duty, or who have displayed, or may hereafter display, conspicuous courage and gallantry while on duty with the West Virginia national guard;

(c) To individuals serving in the West Virginia national guard who are holders of congressional medals of honor, United States distinguished service medals, United States distinguished service cross or equivalent awards of the United States navy;

(d) To West Virginians who served in the armed forces of the United States in time of war and who have rendered conspicuous or distinguished service in the line of duty;

(e) To not more than two civilians in any one year who shall have rendered, in the judgment of the military board of the state of West Virginia, conspicuous or distinguished service to the West Virginia national guard, the state of West Virginia or the United States of America.

The West Virginia distinguished service medal may be awarded posthumously to the next of kin of any officer, enlisted man or civilian entitled thereto under the foregoing subdivisions.

WVC 15 - 1 G- 2 §15-1G-2. West Virginia legion of merit.

The "West Virginia legion of merit" may be awarded for exceptional meritorious service, achievement or bravery:

(a) To present or former officers and enlisted members of the West Virginia national guard;

(b) To present or former members of active military components, national guard members of other states and other reserve components;

(c) To civilians who have rendered conspicuous or distinguished service to the West Virginia national guard, the state of West Virginia or the United States of America.

WVC 15 - 1 G- 3 §15-1G-3. Procedure for award of distinguished service medal and legion of merit.

The military awards board hereinafter established shall recommend to the governor the approval or disapproval of all nominations for the award of the distinguished service medal or the legion of merit. If the justification contained in a nomination for the distinguished service medal does not meet the criteria established for such award, the board may recommend in lieu thereof the approval of the legion of merit.

WVC 15 - 1 G- 4 §15-1G-4. Other West Virginia awards and decorations.

The adjutant general is authorized to establish other West Virginia awards and decorations to recognize officers and members of the West Virginia national guard or other individuals as may be deemed appropriate.

Such awards and decorations will be established by the issuance of appropriate orders by the adjutant general and furnished at the expense of the state. The adjutant general shall establish procedures for the granting of such awards or decorations.

WVC 15 - 1 G- 5 §15-1G-5. Precedence of medals.

The order of precedence for wearing West Virginia medals is as follows:

(1) West Virginia distinguished service medal;

(2) West Virginia legion of merit;

(3) Other West Virginia awards and decorations in the order of precedence as established by the adjutant general.

WVC 15 - 1 G- 6 §15-1G-6. Board of awards.

The governor, as commander in chief of the West Virginia national guard, shall appoint a permanent board of awards to be known as the military awards board of the state of West Virginia to consist of three members, at least two of whom shall be members of the West Virginia national guard on active duty. The term of office for these members shall be four years or until their successors are appointed.

The members of this board shall receive no salary or other compensation for their services, but each member shall be allowed and paid for actual expenses in traveling and other personal expense incurred in the performance of their duty. The board shall select a secretary who shall make and keep a record of its proceedings, which record is to be lodged in the adjutant general's office and is to be preserved therein as a part of the permanent military records of the state of West Virginia.

WVC 15 - 1 G- 7 §15-1G-7. Design of medals.

The military awards board of the state of West Virginia shall design, or have designed, the distinguished service medal, the legion of merit, and other West Virginia awards and decorations and shall submit the designs and bids thereon, together with its recommendations thereon, to the governor for final approval.

WVC 15 - 1 G- 8 §15-1G-8. Devices for the award of multiple West Virginia decorations.

In the event any person shall render service or perform acts entitling such person to the award of a West Virginia decoration, and the award of such decoration has previously been made, the person shall, for each subsequent award be entitled to wear a bronze oak leaf cluster. A silver oak leaf cluster shall be used in lieu of five bronze oak leaf clusters.

WVC 15 - 1 G- 9 §15-1G-9. Procurement of West Virginia decorations.

The adjutant general shall annually submit to the Legislature a request for an appropriation sufficient to cover the cost of all West Virginia decorations established in accordance with this article.

WVC 15 - 1 G- 10 §15-1G-10. West Virginia veterans service decoration; West   Virginia Service Cross.

               (a) In addition to any other medals or awards authorized under the provisions of this article, the following medals are authorized:

               (1) A West Virginia veterans service decoration may be awarded to any resident of West Virginia who served in any of the five federally recognized military services for a period at a time during which there was armed conflict.

               (2) A West Virginia Service Cross and ribbon bar, along with a certificate signed by the Governor and State Adjutant General, may be awarded to any veteran who meets the criteria set forth in subdivision (1) of this subsection, and who also was awarded a federal achievement medal, commendation medal, meritorious service medal or a medal for valor by one of the five federally recognized military services.

               (b) West Virginia National Guard members may also be authorized to receive and wear the medals and ribbons authorized under the provisions of this section in an order of precedence determined by the Adjutant General.

               (c) The Adjutant General may propose rules pursuant to article three, chapter twenty-nine-a of this code to implement the provisions of this section.

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Recent legislation affecting the Code

Citation Year/Session Short Title
§15 - 1 K- 1 - (New Code)
§15 - 1 K- 2 - (New Code)
§15 - 1 K- 3 - (New Code)
§15 - 1 K- 4 - (New Code)
§15 - 1 K- 5 - (New Code)
§15 - 1 K- 6 - (New Code)
§15 - 1 K- 7 - (New Code)
§15 - 1 K- 8 - (New Code)
§15 - 1 K- 9 - (New Code)
PASSED - Regular Session

SB280 SUB1 enr  (Uploaded - 04/07/2017)
Moving administration of Civil Air Patrol to Adjutant General
§15 - 2 - 5 - (Amended Code)
PASSED - Regular Session

SB523 SUB1 enr  (Uploaded - 04/14/2017)
Converting to biweekly pay cycle for state employees
§15 - 2 - 10 - (Amended Code)
§15 - 2 - 24 - (Amended Code)
PASSED - Regular Session

sb684 enr  (Uploaded - 04/04/2017)
Relating generally to WV State Police
§15 - 2 - 3 - (Amended Code)
PASSED - Regular Session

sb690 enr  (Uploaded - 04/10/2017)
Authorizing WV State Police impose and collect fees for agencies and entities using their facilities
§15 - 3 B- 2 - (Amended Code)
§15 - 3 B- 3 - (Amended Code)
§15 - 3 B- 4 - (Amended Code)
§15 - 3 B- 5 - (Amended Code)
§15 - 3 B- 6 - (Amended Code)
PASSED - Regular Session

HB2167 SUB ENR  (Uploaded - 03/20/2017)
Creating a Silver Alert program for senior citizens
§15 - 9 A- 2 - (Amended Code)
§15 - 12 - 2 - (Amended Code)
PASSED - Regular Session

HB2318 SUB ENR  (Uploaded - 03/25/2017)
Relating generally to human trafficking
§15 - 2 - 45 - (Amended Code)
§15 - 2 A- 6 B - (Amended Code)
PASSED - Regular Session

HB2586 SUB ENR  (Uploaded - 04/04/2017)
Relating to required minimum distribution of retirement benefits of plans administered by the Consolidated Public Retirement Board
§15 - 2 D- 3 - (Amended Code)
PASSED - Regular Session

HB2676 SUB ENR  (Uploaded - 04/06/2017)
Transferring the Security office under the Division of Culture and History to the Division of Protective Services
§15 - 14 - 1 - (New Code)
§15 - 14 - 2 - (New Code)
§15 - 14 - 3 - (New Code)
§15 - 14 - 4 - (New Code)
§15 - 14 - 5 - (New Code)
§15 - 14 - 6 - (New Code)
§15 - 14 - 7 - (New Code)
§15 - 14 - 8 - (New Code)
§15 - 14 - 9 - (New Code)
§15 - 14 - 10 - (New Code)
PASSED - Regular Session

HB2759 SUB ENR  (Uploaded - 04/14/2017)
Creating Statewide Interoperable Radio Network
§15 - 1 J- 2 - (Amended Code)
§15 - 1 J- 4 - (Amended Code)
PASSED - Regular Session

hb2796 ENR  (Uploaded - 04/04/2017)
Relating to the West Virginia National Guard entering into contracts and subcontracts for specialized technical services
§15 - 2 - 17 - (Amended Code)
§15 - 2 E- 3 - (Amended Code)
§15 - 2 E- 5 - (Amended Code)
PASSED - Regular Session

HB2939 SUB ENR  (Uploaded - 04/06/2017)
Relating to the sale of items in the State Police Academy post exchange to the public
§15 - 2 - 24 D - (New Code)
PASSED - Regular Session

HB2980 SUB ENR  (Uploaded - 04/21/2017)
Relating to civil lawsuit filing fees for multiple defendant civil action
§15 - 5 A- 5 - (Amended Code)
PASSED - Regular Session

HB3048 SUB ENR  (Uploaded - 04/08/2017)
Relating to collection of Tier II fees for chemical inventories
§15 - 2 - 24 C - (New Code)
PASSED - Regular Session

SB104 SUB1 ENR  (Uploaded - 03/10/2016)
Classifying Marshall University Forensic Science Center as a criminal justice agency
§15 - 1 F- 8 - (Amended Code)
PASSED - Regular Session

SB484 SUB2 ENR  (Uploaded - 03/11/2016)
Relating to reemployment rights of military personnel
§15 - 2 - 3 - (Amended Code)
PASSED - Regular Session

SB500 SUB1 ENR  (Uploaded - 03/08/2016)
Authorizing Superintendent of State Police hold training classes to use West Virginia Automated Police Network
§15 - 5 C- 1 - (New Code)
§15 - 5 C- 2 - (New Code)
PASSED - Regular Session

HB4323 SUB ENR  (Uploaded - 03/23/2016)
Relating to the reporting of emergency incidents by well operators and pipeline operators
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