Story by 89 WLS Web Writer Kim Rasmussen
U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) presented Colonel Joseph Noferi of Lincolnwood with the Legion of Merit military award Monday.
The award was established by Congerss in 1942 and is presented to members of the armed forces for exceptional meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding service and achievement.
Noferi received the award in recognition of 30 years of exceptional service as a U.S. Army Reservist.
"Through his commitment and leaderhip, Colonel Noferi has proven himself an invaluable asset to our nation," Kirk said. "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."
Noferi served as a Reserve Attache to Italy and the United Kingdom. He was also Directorate for Counterintelligence and Human Intelligence within the Defense Intelligence Agency. Under his leadership, the Chicago Joint Reserve Unit became the highest per-capita developer of Foreign Military Intelligence Collection Activity accounts, providing critical information to service members in Afghanistan and Iraq.
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