Awards

The Air Force Historical Foundation stimulates interest in America’s air power history and heritage by sponsoring awards that honor the making – and documentation – of Air Force history.

Gen. Carl “Tooey” Spaatz Award --For the making of USAF  history
Maj. Gen. I.B. Holley Award--For the lifetime documentation of USAF history

James H. “Jimmy” Doolittle Award--The Foundation's newest award, created in 2011. This award is presented to an existing USAF unit for sustained, distinctive contributions to the history and heritage of the United States Air Force.

Literary and Leadership Awards

Thewse awards are sponsored by the Air Force Historical Foundation, aned are open to cadets in commissioning programs,  to officers undergoing professional military education, and to authors who write for publication in periodicals or history books.


Gen. Carl “Tooey” Spaatz Award (2016)

Awarded in recognition of sustained, significant contributions to the making of Air Force history during a lifetime of service.

Award Recipient:
Dr. Donald B. Rice

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Maj. Gen. I.B. Holley Award (2016)

Awarded in recognition of a sustained, significant contribution to the documentation of Air Force history during a lifetime of service.

Award Recipient:
Dr. Mark A. Clodfelter, PhD.

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James H. “Jimmy” Doolittle Award (2016)

Awarded in recognition of a unit which has displayed gallantry, determination, and esprit de corps while accomplishing its mission under extremely difficult and hazardous conditions in multiple conflicts, and thus has made a sustained, significant contribution to Air Force history.

Award Recipient:
100th Air Refueling Wing, RAF Mildenhall, UK

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Air Power History Best Article Award (2015)

Awarded to the author of the best article published in Air Power History during a calendar year, and selected by an independent panel of judges.

Award Recipient:
Darrel F. Dvorak
“USAF Special Operations Heritage: Cliff Heflin and his Carpetbaggers”

Best Air Power History Book Award (2015)

Awarded to the author of the best book on an air power topic of historical interest during the calendar year, and selected by an independent panel of judges.

Award Recipient:
Edward Kaplan
To Kill Nations: American Strategy in the Air-Atomic Age and the Rise of Mutually Assured Destruction

Two Air Forces Award (2017)

This award was established in cooperation with the Royal Air Force Historical Society as a joint award with each organization nominating and selecting a junior officer from its service. The selection is made for the best article written during the year that drew on USAF-RAF heritage and history.

Award Recipient:
Reverend Dr (Sqn Ldr) David Richardson, RAF
“The Royal Air Force and the Irish War of Independence 1918-1922”

The Air War College Award (2017)

The Air War College Award for Research and Writing is awarded for the outstanding paper in military history.

Award Recipient: Lt Col Leland K Cowie II, USAF

"The Ghosts OF Kasserine Pass: Maximizing  the Effectiveness of Air Power." 

Air Command and Staff College Award (2017)

The Air Command and Staff College Award for Research and Writing is awarded for the outstanding paper in military history.

Award Recipient:
Maj Brandon Losacker, USAF

"Combat Search and Rescue: Restoring Promise to a Sacred Assurance"

School of Advanced Air and Space Studies Award (2016)

Awarded to the student who writes the best thesis of major historical interest to the United States Air Force during the year.

Award Recipient:
Squadron Leader Joseph S. Doyle, RAF
“The Yom Kippur War And the Shaping of the United States Air Force”

Air Force Academy Award (2017)

Awarded to a cadet in the First Class (Senior) at the U.S. Air Force Academy who writes the most significant research paper for the academic year contributing to an understanding of air power.

Award Recipient:
Cadet First Class Stewart Lange, USAF

“Why they Fought: American Pilots, the Eagle Squadrons, and the Battle of Britain”

General Bryce Poe II Award (2017)

Awarded to the author(s) of the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) thesis judged to provide the most significant contribution to an understanding of the historical factors affecting an Air Force or Department of Defense problem, event or process. This award is named in honor of the Foundation’s ninth President, General Bryce Poe II (term of office: 1987-1996).

Award Recipient:
Captain Derek W. Haws, USAF

“Using Principal Component Analysis to Improve Fallout Characterization”

Air Force ROTC Award (2017)

Recognition of leadership, citizenship, and outstanding academic and military achievement to ran individual demonstrating potential for future contributions in the national interest and to the Air Force.

Award Recipient:
Cadet James C. Cassell