For Immediate Release
June 16, 2009
AFA Announces Spring 2009 Pitsenbarger Awards to 245 Graduates
Arlington, VA – The Air Force Association today announced a total of $98,000 awarded to new graduates of the 2009 Spring Community College of the Air Force (CCAF). Known as AFA’s Pitsenbarger Awards, each of the 245 recipients receive a $400 check and a certificate of achievement. AFA’s Pitsenbarger awards will again be distributed to qualified Airmen CCAF graduates at the Fall graduation ceremonies.
The award is named for William H. Pitsenbarger, an Airman First Class who gave his life in Vietnam saving others. For his heroism, he was awarded the Medal of Honor.
The program, created and administered by the Air Force Association, provides a one-time grant to selected top Air Force enlisted personnel graduating from the Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) who are pursuing a baccalaureate degree. The award is based on distinguished activity encompassing leadership, teamwork, citizenship, community service, dedication, personal development and academic achievement, along with a Commander’s endorsement.
“The Air Force Association is pleased to provide each of these fine Airmen with a $400 check to help them continue their educations,” said S. Sanford Schlitt, Vice Chairman of the Board, Aerospace Education.
“We’re proud of these Airmen and the work they do, both professionally and academically,” said Mike Dunn, President of AFA.
Contact: Lynette Cross at 703.247.5800 ext 4807 or LCross@AFA.org.
The AFA is a 501(C)(3), nonprofit organization promoting public understanding of aerospace power and the pivotal role it plays in the security of the nation. AFA has more than 200 chapters nationally and internationally representing 125,000 members. Visit AFA www.AFA.org.
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