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Shortly after the end of World War II, an annual Valor Award presentation was initiated by the American Legion Aviators' Post No. 743 to recognize a military aviator who performed a feat of valor during the prior year as determined by an Aviators' Post panel.
The Valor Award was written into official Air Force regulations in 1953. In 1970, it was expanded to include a member of each of the three services who performed "a conspicuous act of valor or courage during an aerial flight" the preceding year. Valor Award recipients are now chosen at the highest levels of their respective service and approved by the office of the corresponding Chief of Staff.
Aviators' Post Valor Award recipients are a select few and represent a proud tradition. Learn more about USAFA grads who have been honored with the Valor Award below.
We are currently researching earlier graduates who are recipients of this award. This list is not complete.
|Award Year||Recipient Rank and Name||USAFA Class||Aircraft|
|1971||Col. Rowland H. Worrell||1968|
|2010||Major Matthew A. Astroth||2000||AC-130|
|2011||Captain R. Jeffrey Donaldson||2006||HH-60G|
|2012||Lt. Col. Eric C. Grace||1994||A-10|
|2013||Captain Nathan R. Lowry||2007||HH-60G|
|2014||Major Gregory S. Lecrone||2000||MC-130J|
|2016||Captain Brian J. Farmer||2011||A-10C|
Click the award year to open the award citation, and click the recipient name to view their biography.