For Immediate Release
December 1, 2011
AFA’s 2011 Fall Pitsenbarger Awards Support CCAF Graduates
Arlington, VA – The Air Force Association today announced the fall recipients of the 2011 Pitsenbarger Awards, recognizing outstanding individuals from across the country who are pursuing higher education.
The award is named for William H. Pitsenbarger, an Airman First Class who gave his life in Vietnam defending his comrades. For his heroism, he was posthumously awarded the Air Force Cross on June 30, 1966, which was upgraded to the Medal of Honor in 2000.
AFA’s Pitsenbarger Awards provide a one-time grant of $400 to selected top USAF enlisted personnel graduating from the Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) who plan to pursue a baccalaureate degree. The grants coincide with the CCAF graduation ceremonies held each Spring and Fall.
The award is based on distinguished activity encompassing great leadership, scholastic achievement, education goals and job performance, along with a Commander’s endorsement.
“The recipients of these awards have been model examples of dedication, compassion and tenacity for their peers,” said George Muellner, AFA Vice Chairman of the Board, Aerospace Education. “As an Association, our commitment to promote education is of utmost importance. We hope these awards will continue to encourage the pursuit of higher education while recognizing outstanding Airmen.”
A list of the 2011 Pitsenbarger Award recipients can be found here.
For more information, 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 120,000 members. Visit www.AFA.org.
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