December 15, 2016
Rapid City – Thursday morning, U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) presented Nancy Roberts Seger with the Congressional Gold Medal that has been awarded to her father, Thomas B. Roberts Jr. Roberts helped organize the first Civil Air Patrol wing in South Dakota and served as the state’s first wing commander during World War II. The medal presentation was in Senator Thune’s Rapid City office and was attended by friends and family of Nancy Roberts Seger and dignitaries including Colonel David Small, Commander of the South Dakota Wing of the Civil Air Patrol.
Since the American Revolution, Congress has commissioned gold medals as its highest expression of national appreciation for distinguished achievements and contributions. Each medal honors a particular individual, institution, or event. Although the first recipients included citizens who participated in the American Revolution, the War of 1812 and the Mexican War, Congress broadened the scope of the medal to include actors, authors, entertainers, musicians, pioneers in aeronautics and space, explorers, lifesavers, notables in science and medicine, athletes, humanitarians, public servants, and foreign recipients.