Recognizing Outstanding Authors
and Contributors

The Literary Awards are selected by an independent panel of judges, and recognize outstanding authors and contributors who write on various Air and Space topics. These awards are presented yearly. Award winners are selected based on the best article and best book reviewed by Air Power History in that calendar year.

Literary Award Winners

Col. Jayson A Altieri - Literary Award


Best Air & Space Power History Article Award

Colonel Jayson A. Altieri, U.S. Army (Ret)
Assistant Professor, Air War College
Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama

Colonel Jayson A. Altieri, U.S. Army (Ret), began his military service in 1984 as an enlisted Soldier with the 101st Airborne (Air Assault) Division. In 1989, he graduated from Norwich University’s Military College of Vermont and was commissioned as a U.S. Army Second Lieutenant.

Altieri served in various Army Aviation assignments as a Company and Battalion Commander with the 82nd Airborne Division, as well as units in Afghanistan, Belgium, Ecuador, Iraq, Korea, and the Panama Canal Zone. He also served in several national security level assignments with the National Geo-spatial Intelligence Agency, Washington, D.C.; the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Brussels, Belgium, and the National War College, Washington, D.C. His last operational assignment was as the Commander, 110th Aviation Brigade, Fort Rucker, Alabama.

Altieri currently works as an Assistant Professor of Leadership at the Air War College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. He is a former Master Army Aviator and Instructor Pilot with more than 3000 flight hours in OH-58, TH-67, UH-1, and UH-60 helicopters. Altieri is also an award-winning author of several books and articles on aerospace and military related matters in publications like Air & Space Power History, Air and Space Power Journal, and Journal of Military History. His current book project, entitled A Guest of Mr. Lincoln: The Wartime Service of Sergeant Joseph H. Wheeless, Confederate States Army, is expected to be published sometime in early 2023.


Best Air & Space Power History Book Reviewed Award

Brent D. Ziarnick, PhD

Brent D. Ziarnick, PhD, is an associate professor in the Department of Spacepower at the Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Alabama. There he teaches military theory and spacepower strategy to U.S. Space Force and sister service midcareer officers.

Dr. Ziarnick developed and founded the Schriever Space Scholars, the only space-centric, year-long professional military education program in the world. He is also an Air Force Reserve space operations officer, having served as a squadron commander, deployed space control officer, and Air Force Space Command strategist. Dr. Ziarnick has authored three books and over a dozen articles on space topics and is a frequent contributor to The Hill, Politico, and Air Force Times. He holds a master’s degree in space systems engineering and doctorates in economic development and military strategy.

Past Literary Award Recipients

  • 2020:Government Girls” by Col. Jayson A. Altieri. Air Power History, Vol. 67, No. 1 (Spring 2020)
  • 2019: “Definitely Damaged or Destroyed” Reexamining Civil Air Patrol’s Wartime Claims by Dr. Frank A. Blazich, Jr. Air & Space Power History, Vol. 66, No. 1 (Spring 2019)
  • 2020: 21st Century Power: Strategic Superiority for the Modern Era by Brent D. Ziarnick. Air Power History, Vol. 67, No. 2 (Summer 2020)