General James H. “Jimmy” Doolittle Award

The James H. “Jimmy” Doolittle Award recognizes an active Air Force or Space Force unit for gallantry, determination, esprit de corps, and superior management of joint operations in accomplishing its mission under difficult and hazardous conditions in multiple conflicts.

General James Harold “Jimmy” Doolittle was a pioneering pilot, aeronautical engineer, combat leader, and military strategist whose career stretched from World War I to the height of the Cold War. He is most famous for leading a daring bombing raid over Tokyo in 1942, the first American attack on the Japanese mainland. Doolittle’s 16 planes dropped their bombs and then, lacking fuel to return to their carrier, flew on to crash-land in China and the Soviet Union.

Featured Award Winner

28th Bomb Wing
Ellsworth AFB, SD

Nestled in the majestic Black Hills, Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., is located 10 miles east of Rapid City and just outside of Box Elder. The base – home to the 28th Bomb Wing – is one of only two B-1B bases in the world. The 28th Bomb Wing is aligned with the Eighth Air Force under Air Force Global Strike Command.

The Wing provides combat power for the nation … long-range strike – anytime, anywhere. Our vision is focused on our world-class Airmen building upon our Raider legacy and leading the premier Bomb Wing in cutting-edge long-range strike.

Ellsworth includes approximately 3,300 active-duty military members, 511 civilian employees, and 2,000 family members. In March 2019, the Air Force announced that Ellsworth was selected as the preferred location for the first operational B-21 Raider aircraft and the formal training unit. The base was selected because it provides sufficient space and the existing facilities necessary to accommodate B-21 and B-1 missions simultaneously at the lowest cost and with the least operational impact. Additionally, the base can accommodate initial B-21 aircraft and formal training unit operations without interruption of current B-1 operations.

Past Doolittle Award Recipients

  • 2019: 55th Wing, Offutt AFB, Nebraska
  • 2018: 1st Fighter Wing, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, VA
  • 2017: 432nd Wing, Creech AFB, NV
  • 2016: 100th Air Refueling Wing, RAF Mildenhall, UK
  • 2015: 509th Bomb Wing, Whiteman AFB, MO
  • 2014: 19th Airlift Wing, Little Rock AFB, AR
  • 2013: 720th Special Tactics Group, Hurlburt Field, FL
  • 2011: 4th Fighter Wing, Seymour Johnson AFB, NC