Distinguished Graduate Award

Recognizing exceptional graduates

The Distinguished Graduate Award recognizes exceptional graduates who have set themselves apart by making extraordinarily significant contributions to our nation and/or their communities. It is a unique honor bestowed by the U.S. Air Force Academy and its Association of Graduates, recognizing graduates whose accomplishments are inspirational and elevate the reputation and the standing of the U.S. Air Force Academy. Distinguished Graduates should provide an example to all graduates and cadets of the standards that we value and of the abilities that have made our country and society great.

Award Winners

2019
Col. (Ret.) Leslie Denend '63 Mr. Fletcher “Flash” Wiley '65
Gen. (Ret.) Norton “Norty” Schwartz '73 Gen. (Ret.) Edward Rice Jr. '78
Mr. John “Jack” Kucera '78  
2018
Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Edward R. Jayne II '66 Col. (Ret.) Dr. H. Michael Lambert '70
Gen. (Ret.) Mark A. Welsh III '76 Brig. Gen. (Ret.) John C. Inglis '76
2017
John Fox '63 T. Allan McArtor '64
Gen. (Ret.) Steve Lorenz '73
2016
Gen. (Ret.) George Lee Butler '61 Gen. (Ret.) Charles R. Holland '68
Mr. R. David Yost '69 Col. (Ret.) Gary E. Payton '71
2015
Gen. (Ret.) Gregory “Speedy” Martin '70 Paul Madera '78
2014
Dr. Thomas J. Eller '61 Gen. (Ret.) Kevin P. Chilton '76
2013
Mr. A. Bart Holaday '65 Gen. (Ret) William R. "Bill" Looney III '72
2012
Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Marcus A. Anderson '61 Mr. Edward E. "Ted" Legasey '67
2011
Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Ruben A. Cubero '61 Mr. Richard D. McConn '66
2010
Mr. Max F. James '64 Gen. (Ret.) Ralph E.Eberhart '68
2009
Gen. (Ret.) John Michael Loh '60 Honorable Heather A. Wilson '82
2008
Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Donald Shepperd '62 Mr. John Martinson '70
2007
Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Ervin Rokke '62 Gregg Popovich '70
2006
Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Robert D. Beckel '59 Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Edward J. Mechenbier '64
2005
Gen. (Ret.) H.T. Johnson '59 Gen. (Ret.) Michael E. Ryan '65
2004
Col. (Ret.) Frederick Gregory '64 Gen. (Ret.) Ronald W. Yates '60
2003
Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Bradley C. Hosmer '59 Mr. Richard T. Schlosberg '65
2002
Dr. Paul G. Kaminski '64 Gen. (Ret.) Robert C. Oaks '59
2001
Gen. (Ret.) Ronald Fogleman '63 Mr. Harry J. Pearce, '64


Nomination Process

The Distinguished Graduate Award is presented annually. Nomination packages are due to the AOG no later than 1 October each year.

Packages should focus on the three overall categories judges consider when evaluating the nominee's achievements: a lifetime of service to the nation; favorably promoting the Air Force Academy and its graduates; and promoting and increasing awareness of graduate heritage among alumni and cadets.

While the selection criteria for this award are extremely demanding and the competition is keen, we need the assistance of every graduate to identify deserving candidates for evaluation. Non-graduates are also encouraged to submit nominations. This is our opportunity to recognize our own while identifying those who can serve as an inspiration to future generations of America's leaders.

Click here for required elements of the nomination package.
Click here for tips on writing an effective package.
Click here for the scoring sheet members of the Selection Committee will use.

Send nomination information to:
Association of Graduates
Distinguished Graduate Award Committee
3116 Academy Drive
USAF Academy, CO 80840-4475
or e-mail corrie.grubbs@aogusafa.org



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