Lt. Col. Beresford Edwards, left, president of the VING Association, presents Chief Warrant Officer 2 Melinda Charles with the Eagle Rising Award.

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Melinda Charles was the recipient of an Eagle Rising Award for her leadership and dedication to the Virgin Islands National Guard Association on Saturday.

Serving on the association’s Membership Committee, Charles was recognized for her outstanding service and contributions that were instrumental in the association achieving 100 percent membership for a total of seven consecutive years.