2014 Air and Space Conference National Aerospace Awards

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Which awards are presented at the Conference Opening and Awards Ceremony?
AFMC Management Award
For outstanding contributions to management while assigned to AFMC
Air Force Reserve Citizen Airmen Awards
To recognize outstanding civilian employers of the Air Force Reserve members who made outstanding contributions to the total force mission

Air Force Reserve Unit Award

For the Air Force Reserve Unit which displays superior performance and outstanding achievements

Air National Guard George W. Bush Award

To recognize outstanding civilian employers of Air National Guard members who made outstanding contributions to the total force mission

Air National Guard Unit Award

For the Air National Guard Unit with the most outstanding airmanship

Airborne Battle Management Crew of the Year

For the outstanding AWACs or Joint Stars aircrew's battle management contribution to the United States Air Force and air power

Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Thomas N. Barnes Award

For the outstanding aircraft crew chief in the United States Air Force

Best Space Operations Crew Award

For the best overall space operations crew in the United States Air Force

General Billy Mitchell Award for C4 Excellence

For the C4 professional who most enhanced the United State Air Force's warfighting capability

Chaplain Corps Award

For outstanding performance by a member of the United States Air Force Chaplain Corps

Lieutenant General Claire Lee Chennault Award

For outstanding aerial warfare tactician(s) from ACC, PACAF, USAFE, ANG and AF Reserves

Citations of Honor

For the outstanding contribution of an individual or organization to the development of aerospace power for the betterment of mankind

Civil Air Patrol Aerospace Education Cadet of the Year

For the most outstanding CAP Cadet in the nation

Outstanding Civilian Employee Award

For the most outstanding achievements by an Air Force Senior Manager civilian employee

Department of Veterans Affairs Employee of the Year

For the most outstanding performance of duty as a VA employee

General George C. Kenney Award

For the most significant contribution by an individual or team in the area of lessons learned

Thomas P. Gerrity Award

For the most outstanding contribution in the field of systems and logistics

Gill Robb Wilson Award

For the most outstanding contribution in the field of arts and letters

Howard W. Leaf Award (formerly the Test & Evaluation Team Award)

For outstanding achievement by a United States Air Force test team engaged in the test and evaluation of a defense acquisition program

Brigadier General Ross G. Hoyt Award

For the best air refueling crew (Active, ANG or Reserve) in the United States Air Force

General Curtis E. LeMay Award

For the best overall bomber aircrew in the United States Air Force

Paul W. Myers Award

For the AF Med Corps Officer who has made the most significant contribution to the continued good health of the men and women of the United States Air Force

General Jerome O’Malley Awar
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For the best reconnaissance crew in the United States Air Force

Joan Orr Air Force Spouse of the Year Award

For civilian spouses of military members for their significant contributions to the United States Air Force

Verne Orr Award

For the best utilization of human resources in the United States Air Force

General Thomas S. Power Award

For the best overall missile crew in the United States Air Force

President’s Award for Air Force Reserve Command

For the Air Force Reserve unit which displays outstanding flying achievement and continued superior performance

Chief Master Sergeant Dick Red Award

For Outstanding Air National Guard aerospace maintenance

Juanita Redmond Award

For the AF nurse (Lt or Capt) who provides significant contribution to health care of an Air Force individual or family, excellence in clinical nursing or improvement in nursing care

Stuart R. Reichart Award

For the most outstanding achievements in the field of law within the United States Air Force

Earl T. Ricks Award

For the Air National Guard person or persons for outstanding airmanship

Outstanding ROTC Cadet of the Year

For the most outstanding ROTC Cadet in the nation

David C. Schilling Award

For the most outstanding contribution in the field of flight

Lieutenant General William H. Tunner Award

For the most outstanding airlift crew in the United States Air Force

Hoyt S. Vandenberg Award

For the most outstanding contribution in the field of aerospace education

Theodore Von Karman Award

For the most outstanding contribution in the field of science and engineering

General Larry D. Welch Award

For the most significant impact by an individual on the overall operations, safety, security and effectiveness of the Air Force nuclear mission


2. Where will AFA National Aerospace Award presentations be held?

Award recipients will be notified if their award will be presented in the Washington, DC, area at the Opening and Award Ceremony held in conjunction with AFA’s 2014 Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition. The award ceremony is scheduled for Monday, September 15, at the Gaylord National Hotel & Convention Center, 201 Waterfront Street, National Harbor, MD 20745.  By mid-July, AFA will have additional information to advise award recipients regarding attendance.  
 

The hotel’s website, http://www.gaylordhotels.com/gaylord-national/ (by clicking on Directions and Transportation) provides directions to the hotel from Reagan National, Dulles International and Baltimore-Washington International (BWI) airports and other driving directions.


3. Can award recipients attend the 2014 Air & Space Conference events?

Yes. To attend the AFA 2014 Air & Space Conference, award recipients or their sponsoring organizations are invited to register.  

Military and DoD Government – Conference registration fees are waived (no cost).

Non-DoD Government – State, Federal and Local Government employees of any Government Agency (other than the Department of Defense) will pay a conference fee of $495 for the full conference or $200 per selected day.

Alternatively, all award recipients, including crews and team award recipients can attend the following events at Gaylord National Hotel & Convention Center at no charge:

Monday’s continental breakfast
Monday’s Opening and Award Ceremony
Technology Exposition

Please note: advanced registration is required so that tickets may be prepared. A photo I.D. is required to pick up tickets at the Conference registration desk. Check-in at the award recipient briefing, prior to the Awards Ceremony, is required.  

4. Is there a limit on how many crew or team members may attend the award presentation ceremony?

No. We encourage all team and crew members to attend the ceremony. If your crew or team is larger than 15 people, contact Lynette Cross about how many may be on stage. To facilitate this, we ask that a single team or crew member be our point of contact (POC) and keep the AFA Award Staff advised of members attending from their organization. Updated information should be e-mailed to Lynette Cross at lcross@afa.org.
 

5.  What is the best way to handle hotel reservations?

Each award recipient will receive a package of information about the award and the Conference. The package will include information on how to register for the Conference and how to reserve a hotel room.  

6.  Who presents the awards?

AFA’s Chairman of the Board, along with various co-presenters, present National Aerospace Awards at the Conference. Traditionally included as co-presenters are the Air Force Chief of Staff, the Secretary of the Air Force and MAJCOM Commanders.


7. Can family members and other guests attend the award ceremony?

Young children are not allowed to attend the ceremony. However, we encourage award recipients’ other family members and guests to attend.  Each person attending the ceremony must register on our website. These registrations will be used to prepare the appropriate badges.  

8. Can unit commanders and supervisors participate in award presentations?

Presentations are made to award recipients. AFA arranges the co-presenters as described in #6 above.

9. What is the uniform requirement?

For the Monday morning award presentations and for all Conference sessions: service dress. Civilians should wear a business suit/dress as appropriate. 

For the Reception honoring the 12 Outstanding Airmen and for the Outstanding Airmen Dinner (ticket required): service dress. Civilians should wear a business suit/dress as appropriate. 

For the Air Force Anniversary Reception or the Air Force Anniversary Dinner (ticket required): mess dress or black tie, as appropriate.  
 

10. Does AFA expect award recipients to give acceptance remarks?

No. The Monday morning Opening and Awards Ceremony is scripted in such a way that award recipients are not asked to remark.

11. Which airport is closest to the Conference site?

The Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) is the closest airport to the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center.

12. What about the metro, taxi or car rental?

Visit our website at www.afa.org for more details.

13. Can family members take pictures during award presentations and will AFA provide courtesy copies of presentation photos?

An official photographer will take a photo of all award presentations. We will provide a complimentary photo to award recipients. Family members can take photos as long as they do not interfere or interrupt the time sequence of award presentations or interfere with the official photographer.  

14. What happens if an emergency delays or prevents an award recipient from making it to the award presentation?

If possible, the award recipient should try to contact us.  Call Lynette Cross at 703-247-5800 ext. 4807, or, if it is September 15th through 17th, call the hotel at 301-965-4000 and ask for the AFA Operations Office.

15. How can I get funding information for travel orders?

Each award recipient’s organization or unit is responsible for all travel and hotel expenses to attend the Conference or awards presentation.  

16. How are AFA Awards publicized?

AFA publishes a list of awards and recipients on the Air Force Association website, and we also prepare a press release announcing award recipients. AIR FORCE Magazine lists award recipients in its November issue.  
 

17. Will my chain of command be notified of the award?

Yes. AFA notifies Air Force Headquarters and appropriate Major Command commanders after award selections are made. AFA also sends congratulatory letters to award recipients and copies to the nominating commander as identified on the award submission.

18. Who should I contact if I am deployed, on leave or have a PCS move prior to the award presentation?

Please contact Jill Westeyn: phone 703-247-5800, ext. 4807 or e-mail awards@afa.org.