General Carl “Tooey” Spaatz Award

The General Carl “Tooey”  Spaatz Award recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions in their lifetime to the making of Air Force or Space Force history.

General Carl “Tooey” Spaatz was the first Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force. He was one of the Air Force Historical Foundation’s founders in 1953 and served as its first President. One of the giants in the history of Air Power, Spaatz flew in combat in the First World War, shooting down three enemy aircraft. In 1929, General Spaatz, along with a crew that included General Ira C. Eaker, set an important flight endurance record of 150 hours and 40 minutes, which was unprecedented in the early days of aviation. During World War II, he commanded the Allied air campaign against the Nazis. In the Pacific Theater, the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki took place under Spaatz’s command.

Featured Award Winner

Gen. John W Jay Raymond - Lifetime Service Award
General John W. "Jay" Raymond, USSF

Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond is the Chief of Space Operations, United States Space Force. As Chief, he serves as the senior uniformed Space Force officer responsible for the organization, training and equipping of all organic and assigned space forces serving in the United States and overseas. As members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Chief of Space Operations and other service chiefs function as military advisers to the Secretary of Defense, National Security Council, and the President.

Gen. Raymond was commissioned through the ROTC program at Clemson University in 1984. He has commanded at squadron, group, wing, numbered air force, Major Command and Combatant Command levels. Notable staff assignments include serving in the Office of Force Transformation, Office of the Secretary of Defense; the Director of Plans, Programs and Analyses at Air Force Space Command; the Director of Plans and Policy (J5), U.S. Strategic Command; and the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force.

Gen. Raymond deployed to Southwest Asia as Director of Space Forces in support of operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Prior to leading establishment of the U.S. Space Force and serving as the first Chief of Space Operations, Gen. Raymond led the re-establishment of U.S. Space Command as the eleventh U.S. combatant command.

Past Spaatz Award Recipients

  • 2019: Gen. John P. Jumper, USAF (Ret)
  • 2018: Mr. Sherman N. Mullin
  • 2017: General Richard B. Myers, USAF (Ret)
  • 2016: Dr. Donald B. Rice
  • 2015: Gen. Ronald R. Fogleman, USAF (Ret)
  • 2014: Gen. Lloyd W. Newton, USAF (Ret)
  • 2013: Gen. John A. Shaud, USAF (Ret)
  • 2011: Lt. Gen. James Clapper, USAF (Ret), Director of National Intelligence
  • 2010: Gen. Larry D. Welch, USAF (Ret)
  • 2009: Lt. Gen. Thomas P. Stafford, USAF (Ret)
  • 2008: Maj. Gen. John R. Alison, USAF (Ret)
  • 2007: Gen. David C. Jones, USAF (Ret)