Air Force Public Affairs Alumni Assn.
9/11/01
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Distinguished Service Award - Best of the Best - President's Award



AFPAAA President's Award
... presented to individuals who are leaders in their particular field or who developed pioneering programs/policies that impact USAF PA. Nominated by the sitting AFPAAA President, each individual must receive unanimous approved from past-Presidents.
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2001

William I. Greener
Whereas, he was the first former USAF PA to serve as an Assistant Secretary of Defense,
Whereas, his dynamic leadership and example strengthened the role of military public affairs,
Whereas, he has distinguished himself in both public and private public affairs positions,
Therefore, in recognition of his many accomplishments ...

John T. Correll
Whereas, his editorials for Air Force Magazine persuasively champion aerospace power,
Whereas, he annually drafts the influential Air Force Association statement of policy, and
Whereas, he has distinguished himself in the field of magazine journalism,
Therefore, in recognition of his many accomplishments ...

Frank W. Jennings
Whereas, he coined the term "aerospace" to define the Air Force's operating environment,
Whereas, for decades his editing of the Blue Letter helped commanders speak with one voice,
Whereas, he has distinguished himself as a writer, editor, historian and author,
Therefore, in recognition of his many accomplishments ...

2002

H. J. "Jerry" Dalton
Whereas, he was the first career public affairs officer to become SAFPA Director, and
Whereas, he was the first career public affairs officer to attain the rank of general, and
Whereas, he distinguished himself as a Public Affairs professional in both USAF and civilian practice,
Therefore, in recognition of his many accomplishments ...

Chuck Lucas
Whereas, he was solely responsible for producing Air Force News Service from 1966 to 1972, and
Whereas, he initiated the position of PA advisor to the Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force, and
Whereas, he and his wife Mary have hosted the Outstanding Airmen and their spouses
during the annual Air Force Association convention for over three decades,
Therefore, in recognition of his many accomplishments ...

Terry Hemeyer
Whereas, he was the first USAF public affairs officer to serve as an Air Force band conductor, and
Whereas, he initiated a media training program that is now required for all USAF general officers, and
Whereas, he distinguished himself as a superior public affairs practitioner in the USAF and industry,
Therefore, in recognition of his many accomplishments ...



2003

Reed Switzer
Whereas, he established enlisted resource management for the PA career field, and
Whereas, from WWII through the chaos of Vietnam he helped the Air Force speak with one voice,
Whereas, he has distinguished himself as a successful recruiting advertiser,
Therefore, in recognition of his many accomplishments ...

Carroll V. "CV" Glines
Whereas, he started his service as a fighter and bomber pilot,
Whereas, his dynamic leadership established the command services unit at Bolling Air Force Base,
Whereas, he has distinguished himself by penning outstanding biographies of AF leaders,
Therefore, in recognition of his many accomplishments ...

Keith Ferris
Whereas, his art has inspired airmen around the world,
Whereas, he has donated his talents to telling the story of the Air Force through paint,
Whereas, he has distinguished himself in the field of aerial artistry,
Therefore, in recognition of his many accomplishments ...

2004

Thomas C. Reed
Whereas his record of distinguished service began as a USAF 2nd Lt in 1956, and
Whereas he later served in key positions including Director of National Reconnaissance,
and as Special Assistant to the President for National Security Policy, and
Whereas in 1976 and 1977 he served as the 11th Secretary of the Air Force,
Therefore, in recognition of his years of dedicated service ...

David O. Schillerstrom
Whereas, he served with distinction as Deputy Director of SAFPA, and
Whereas, he consistently provided outstanding PA guidance to senior AF leaders, and
Whereas, he is warmly remembered for his mentoring of young USAF men and women,
Therefore, in recognition of his many accomplishments ...

2005

James W. Hart, Jr.
Whereas, he committed to a dual career in the private sector and the Air Force Reserve, and
Whereas, he helped earn the respect of senior USAF leaders for Reserve public affairs, and
Whereas, he helped to further integrate the active and reserve Air Force Public Affairs forces, and
Therefore, in recognition of his many accomplishments ...

William T. Coleman, Jr.
Whereas, he served with distinction as a combat fighter pilot in WW II, and
Whereas, he helped shape the Air Force's role at the dawn of the space age, and
Whereas, his leadership and encouragement enhanced the careers of scores of junior officers, and
Whereas, as Chief of Public Information, he provided superior counsel to AF leaders for five years,
Therefore, in recognition of his many accomplishments ...

2006

Willis L. "Bill" Helmantoler
Whereas, his 700 WWII combat flying hours bears testimony to his courage and patriotism, and
Whereas, his public affairs expertise consistently earned him the respect of senior leaders, and
Whereas, his exemplary service at the White House Press Office and the Paris Peace talks proved
that skilled USAF PA professionals could be successful at the highest government levels,
Therefore, in recognition of his many outstanding contributions ...

Betty Jane Williams
Whereas, her service as a test pilot during World War II testifies to her courage and patriotism, and
Whereas, her creativity while assigned to the 1354th Video Production Squadron during the
Korean War brought great credit to herself and USAF public affairs, and
Whereas, she has been an untiring proponent of military aviation for more than 60 years, and
Whereas, she is a recent inductee into the Women In Aviation International Pioneer Hall of Fame,
Therefore, in recognition of her many accomplishments ...



2007

Linda A. Arnold
Whereas she served with distinction as a leader and teacher of Military Broadcasting, and
Where as she skillfully managed and guided Air Force Broadcasting resources worldwide, and
Whereas her dynamic leadership brought access to broadcast news and entertainment
to military personnel around the clock and around the world,
Therefore, in recognition of her many outstanding contributions ...

Larry McCracken
Whereas he served with distinction with Air Force and Department of Defense Public Affairs, and
Whereas he provided meaningful counsel to Air Force and DoD leaders as well as junior officers, and
Where as he continued to shape our future Air Force at the highest levels of the private sector,
Therefore, in recognition of his service and dedication ...

2008

Richard F. Abel
Whereas, he served with distinction in a succession of key Public Affairs posts, and
Whereas, his advice and counsel consistently earned him the respect of senior military leaders, and
Whereas, he played a major role in the return of American prisoners from North Vietnam, and
Whereas, he has further distinguished himself by his efforts to foster integrity and courage in leadership,
Therefore, in recognition of his many outstanding contributions ...

Charles H. Powers
Whereas, he served with distinction in many key USAF PA assignments, both active and reserve, and
Whereas, he distinguished himself in both government and civilian Public Affairs positions, and
Whereas, his close ties with SAFPA leaders materially increased awareness of this Association,
Therefore, in recognition of his many accomplishments ...

David E. Smith
Whereas, since its inception, he has demonstrated uncommon commitment to this Association, and
Whereas, he has exhibited extraordinarily skillful leadership in important PA assignments, and
Whereas, he continues to contribute tirelessly to the success of Air Force Public Affairs,
Therefore, in recognition of his many accomplishments ...

2009

David J. Shea
Whereas, he is widely recognized as an innovator in military and civilian public relations, and
Whereas, he spearheaded significant award-winning Air Force Public Affairs programs, and
Whereas, he has proactively helped nuture and support this Association from its inception, and
Whereas, he has been a mentor and role model for those who served under his leadership, and
Whereas, as co-author of an insightful media relations handbook he continues to help others succeed,
Therefore, in recognition of his many accomplishments ...

Michael G. Caldwell
Whereas, he exhibited skillful leadership in difficult times at the highest levels of USAF Public Affairs, and
Whereas, he successfully managed a shrinking career field while maintaining crtical deployments, and
Whereas, has worked tirelessly to insure the future success of the United States Air Force, and
Whereas, despite many other commitments, he consistently gave unwavering support to this Association,
Therefore, in recognition of his superior accomplishments ...

2010

Neil J. Buttimer
Whereas, he served with distinction in significant USAF Public Affairs assignments, and
Whereas, he continues to use his leadership and PA skills to serve his community, and
Whereas, since its inception, he has performed outstanding service as AFPAAA Membership Chairman,
Therefore, in recognition of his many accomplishments ...

Salvatore "Sam" J. Giammo
Whereas, he has distinguished himself as a PA professional in government and civilian practice, and
Whereas, his commitment to Public Affairs includes serving as a role model for aspiring students, and
Whereas, through his willingness to share his expertise, he is a mentor to other PR practitioners, and
Whereas, he has demonstrated uncommon commitment and service to this Association,
Therefore, in recognition of his superior accomplishments ...



2011

Foy S. McNaughton
Whereas, he actively encourages fair and accurate military news coverage in California, and
Whereas he served with distinction as chairman of the Travis Regional Armed Forces Committee, and
Whereas he has generously donated time and money to military support organizations in the area, and
Whereas he is a staunch advocate for Travis AFB and the United States Air Force,
Therefore, in recognition of his many accomplishments ...

2012

Michael I. Burch
Whereas his excellent reputation among the Pentagon Press Corps was instrumental in his
being named Military Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs; and
Whereas his perceptive public affairs advice and dedicated service so impressed his superiors
that in 1988 he was appointed Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs; and
Whereas his leadership in that sensitive position during challenging events at home and abroad
in support of President Reagan's determination to end the Cold War was exemplary; and
Whereas his years of outstanding service brings great credit upon Air Force Public Affairs,
Therefore, in recognition of his many accomplishments, we unanimously confer this award on ...

William A. Barksdale
Whereas, he has provided invaluable professional counsel to the United States Air Force
on active duty, as a civilian and as a Reserve Individual Mobilization Augmentee; and
Whereas, he has successfully managed public affairs support for vital aerospace programs; and
Whereas, in his position with The Boeing Company he has pursued constructive initiatives
to align the company's communications goals and methods with those of the Air Force; and
Whereas, the Commander, Air Mobility Command, has strongly endorsed this recognition,
Therefore, with appreciation for his many accomplishments, we unanimously confer this award on ...

2013

John A. Worthington
Whereas, he served with distinction in key Air Force and Department of Defense Public Affairs positions, and
Whereas, as Commander, Air Force Broadcasting Service he championed quality programming on a global scale, and
Whereas, he has continued to be highly successful in the private sector, and
Whereas, he remains singularly dedicated to serving this association and his community,
Therefore, in recognition of his dedication and many accomplishments we unanimously confer this award on ...

Curtis Bottesch
Whereas, as 57th Wing Director of Staff, he proactively supports Nellis AFB Public Affairs activities, and
Whereas, he responds to frequent media inquiries in a professional and timely manner, and,
Whereas, he personally tracks myriad orientation flight requests insuring they are effectively resolved, and
Whereas, even with severe financial constraints, he maintains significant Public Affairs commitments,
Therefore, in appreciation of his continued service and for his unwavering support of the
Air Force Public Affairs mission, we unanimously confer this award on ...

2014

Les A. Kodlick
Whereas, he served with distinction in key Air Force and Department of Defense Public Affairs positions, and
Whereas, he guided development of global communication processes to build support for the Air Force, and
Whereas, he provided inspired leadership for 5,500 active duty, Guard and Reserve Airmen and civilians in their
core missions to broadcast internal Air force information, conduct community and media relations,
manage integrated marking and execute security review programs in an evolving digital media world, and
Whereas, he has consistently supported the goals and purpose of this association,
Therefore, in recognition of his dedication and many accomplishments we unanimously confer this award on ...

Robert G. McCullough
Whereas, he served with distinction in key Air Force Reserve Public Affairs positions, and
Whereas, as Individual Mobilization Augmentee to the Commander, Air Force News, he insured the continuity of the Air Force Internal Information Program and Policies, and
Whereas, he continued to be successful in the private sector with Sea World and Morgan's Wonderland, and
Whereas, he remains highly dedicated to serving this association and his community:
Therefore, in recognition of his many accomplishments we unanimously confer this award on ...

2015

Louis J. Timmons
Whereas, for over 20 years he has effectively helped acclimate public affairs officers,
enlisted personnel and civilians into SAF/PA, and
Whereas, he served as SAF/PA's point of contact for this Association, and
Whereas, he has been singularly supportive of this gathering of the Association, and
Whereas, he is a dedicated friend, and consummate solver of problems both big and small,
Therefore, in recognition of his uncommon dedication and support we unanimously confer this award on ...

Arnald D. Gabriel
Whereas, he is a highly decorated World War II combat veteran, and
Whereas, from 1958 to 1963 he led important Air Force Bands in Europe and the U.S., and
Whereas, he served as Commander/Conductor of the Air Force Band for 21 years (1964 - 1985), and
Whereas, the celebrity guest concerts he introduced brought joy and inspiration to thousands, and
Whereas, his muscianship, leadership and dedication set the standard for all military bands,
Therefore, in recognition of his singular accomplishments we unanimously confer this award on ...

2016

Brian A. Binn
Whereas, he proactively supports Air Force activities in the Colorado Springs area, and
Whereas, he led the Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Division for 7 eventful years, and
Whereas, he tactfully coordinated the local military/community events calendar to prevent conflicts, and
Whereas, he remains involved in Armed Forces Week activities and the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo,
Therefore, in appreciation of his many accomplishments and continued service, we unanimously confer this award on ...

Darren W. McDew
Whereas, he served with distinction as SAFPA Director from November 2007 to February 2009, and
Whereas, with keen insight he helped assure his replacement was a career PA officer, and
Whereas, he actively supported having more than one career PA general officer and,
Whereas, he is the first SAFPA Director to go on to attain four star rank, and
Whereas, he continues to mentor PA officers and contribute to the success of USAF public affairs,
Therefore, in recognition of his dedication and singular accomplishments, we unanimously confer this award on ...

2017

Kathleen A. Cook
Whereas, she skillfully led 5,500 active duty, Guard and Reserve Airmen and civilians
in their core public affairs missions as SAF/PA Director, and
Whereas, she led a classic crisis communication campaign when an airman thwarted a terrorist attack, and
Whereas, she capitalized on the opportunity to strengthen the Air Force's world-wide reputation, and
Whereas, she has consistently supported the goals and purpose of this association,
Therefore, in appreciation of her many accomplishments, we unanimously confer this award on ...

Clifford H. "Cliff" Long
Whereas, he has served the military community of Florida's Emerald Coast for over 60 years, and
Whereas, he continues to lead one of the nation's strongest and most respected military support organizations, and
Whereas, he has been recognized by the Secretary of Defense for his exceptional service, and
Whereas, he served with distinction on the Air Force Chief of Staff's Civic Leader Group,
Therefore, in recognition of his singular accomplishments and continuing dedication,
we unanimously confer this award on ...

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