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Distinguished Service Award - Best of the Best - President's Award



AFPAAA Distinguished Service Award

... is the association's highest honor, presented to an individual who has provided extraordinary and distinguished service to the Association.

2000
Michael P. McRaney

In 2001, this award was renamed the Mike McRaney Distinguished Service Award in honor of AFPAAA's founding President & Board Chairman. Awardees must receive unanimous approval of the Association's Board of Directors. Nominations can be made by any AFPAAA member. Download a PDF copy of the nomination guidelines HERE.


2001
Pete Alexandrakos
2002
Alice Price
2003
Neil Buttimer
2004
David Shea
2005
John Gura
2006
David Schillerstrom
2007
Joe Purka
2008
John Terino
2009
Linda Arnold
2010
Ron Rand
2011
David Smith
2012
Sam Giammo
2013
Hal Smarkola
2014
Bud Ross
2015
Jim McGuire &
Hank Hufnagel
2016
Mark Foutch
2017
Jim Hart





Best of the Best Award
... In 1995, AFPAAA joined with SAF/PA to establish the Best of the Best Award program. This annual award recognizes one outstanding individual from all nominated bandsmen, broadcasters, multimedia and public affairs professionals. The recipient is selected on the basis of professional excellence and significant contributions to the Air Force mission. The winner receives an engraved trophy and a $1,000.00 cash grant from AFPAAA.

... In 2017, the AFPAAA Board honored Association founder and long time treasurer and board member Jim Hart by renaming the award the:

Brig. Gen. James W. Hart Best of the Best Award.
... A trophy with the names of all winners is on permanent display at SAF/PA. Past recipients include:
Best of the Best
(Note: Awards are usually presented at the following year's Annual Meeting.)
      1994 - Senior Airman James H. Cunningham III
      1995 - Captain Brett E. Morris
      1996 - Captain Michael J. Paoli
      1997 - Staff Sergeant Anthony Jacob
      1998 - Staff Sergeant William M. Hickman, Jr.
      1999 - Major Frank Smolinsky
      2000 - Captain John S. Haynes
      2001 - Master Sergeant Kenneth E. Fidler
      2002 - Lieutenant Colonel Stephen D. Clutter
      2003 - Lieutenant Colonel Jon K. Anderson
      2004 - Lieutenant Colonel Roger S. Murray
      2005 - Senior Master Sergeant Stefan Alford
      2006 - Technical Sergeant Tara A. O'Brien
      2007 - Lieutenant Colonel John L. Thomas
      2008 - Technical Sergeant Sean M. Worrell
      2009 - Captain Joseph A. Coslett
      2010 - Staff Sergeant Julianne M. Showalter
      2011 - First Lieutenant Belena S. Marquez
      2012 - Senior Master Sergeant Timothy W. Cook
      2013 - Staff Sergeant Roidan A. Carlson
      2014 - Mrs. Ann M. Stefanek
      2015 - Mr. Anthony D. Roake
      2016 - Major Bryan Bouchard


Distinguished Service Award - Best of the Best - President's Award


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