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Pinup USAF PA Communication Excellence Awards
Congratulations to the winners of the 2018 Air Force Public Affairs Communication Excellence Awards!

Individual Awards for Communication Excellence

Outstanding Communication Airman: SrA Benjamin N. Valmoja, 47th Flying Training Wing Public Affairs, Laughlin AFB, Texas.

Staff Sergeant Christopher S. Frost Outstanding Communication Noncommissioned Officer: TSgt Jeffrey P. Curtin, 1st Special Operations Wing Public Affairs, Hurlburt Field, Fla.

Outstanding Communication Senior Noncommissioned Officer: MSgt David A. Salanitri, Headquarters Air Force Space Command Public Affairs, Peterson AFB, Colo.

Airman 1st Class Darryl G. Winters Award for Combat Communication: SSgt Nicholas M. Byers, 1st Combat Camera Squadron, Joint Base Charleston, S.C.

Capt. Bradley R. Schuldt Outstanding Communication Company Grade Officer: Capt. Carrie J. Volpe, Secretary of the Air Force Office of Public Affairs, Pentagon, Va.

Outstanding Communication Field Grade Officer: Maj. Phillip W. Ventura, Headquarters Pacific Air Forces Public Affairs, Hickam AFB, Hawaii

Outstanding Communication Civilian Cat I: Ms. Dawne Nickerson-Banez, 436th Airlift Wing, Dover AFB, Del.

Outstanding Communication Civilian Cat II: Ms. Auburn N. Davis, Headquarters U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa Public Affairs, Ramstein Air Base, Germany

Outstanding Communication Civilian Cat III: Ms. Rose M. Riley, Headquarters Air Mobility Command Public Affairs, Scott AFB, Ill.

Best of the Best: MSgt David A. Salanitri, Headquarters Air Force Space Command Public Affairs, Peterson AFB, Colo., is recognized as the outstanding officer, enlisted or civilian member who best demonstrated professional excellence and contributed significantly to the effectiveness of the Air Force public affairs mission. This award is sponsored by the Air Force Public Affairs Alumni Association.

The Air Force Public Affairs Directors Excellence Award team winners:

Brig Gen Harry J. Dalton, Jr., Award for the most effective unit-level communication program: 51st Fighter Wing Public Affairs, Osan Air Base, Korea. Small Team Members: Capt Carrie J. Volpe, 1Lt Jacqueline M. Jastrzebski, TSgt Tinese R. Jackson, TSgt Benjamin Wiseman, SSgt Rachel M. Maxwell, SSgt Benjamin A. Raughton, SrA Ashley Adkins, SrA Timothy D. Dischinat, SrA Kelsey L. Tucker, A1C Ilyana A. Escalona

Maj Henry H. "Hap" Arnold Award for Public Affairs Communication Effectiveness: 24th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs, Hurlburt Field, Fla. Small Team Members: Lt Col Michael F. Wendelken, Capt Katrina J. Cheesman, Capt Amanda M. Farr, Capt Nichole L. Ferrara, Capt Keavy L. Rake, Capt Kyle B. Whittier, 1Lt Jaclyn N. Pienkowski, SSgt Ryan P. Conroy, SSgt Benjamin A. Landon, Ms. Denise M. Burnham.

Best Crisis Communication: U.S. Air Force Academy Public Affairs, USAFA, Colo. Small Team Members: Lt Col Timothy A. Herritage, Capt Matthew I. Chism, MSgt Julius V. Delos Reyes, TSgt Tabitha M. Lee, TSgt Michael F. Slater, SSgt Charles V. Rivezzo , Mr. Meade C. Warthen.

Best Innovation: 24th Air Force Public Affairs, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. Small Team Members: Capt Lauren M. Woods, TSgt Robert J. Biermann, Mr. Trevor J. Tiernan, Ms. Jessica A. Turner.

Congratulations to all our nominees and winners! It's an honor to serve with you and recognize the hard work accomplished and the excellence achieved every day by PA professionals across our Air Force. I also commend and thank the supervisors and commanders who support, encourage and recognize these exceptional Airmen.

EDWARD W. THOMAS, JR., Brig Gen, USAF Director, Air Force Public Affairs

Pinup SAF/PA Conference Room Dedicated
Air Force Public Affairs Alumni Association members were guests at the SAF/PA conference room dedication ceremony on Friday, Oct. 20, 2017 at the Pentagon. SAF/PA Director BGen Ed Thomas honored the association, "for its contributions to the construction, furnishing and decoration of this conference room." A plaque noting the Association's role is displayed in the new room.

Representing AFPAAA at the ceremony were former SAF/PA Director Mike McRaney, current Director, Defense Media Activity Ray Shepherd, AFPAAA Board Member Connie Custer, Membership Chair Neil Buttimer, SAF/PA Liaison Clem Gaines, plus Denny Gauci, John & Barb Kirkwood, Dave & Mary Shea, Donna Stratford, Prof. Vincent R. Tocci and Dan Wooley.


Pinup Centurion Fund Aids Endowment
A few years ago the AFPAAA Board of Directors challenged a committee made up of C. B. Kelly and our late friends Charlie Powers and John Gulick to develop a way to promote more awareness of and add to the coffers of AFPAAA's Endowment Fund.

Thus, the Centurions were born.

To become a Centurion members simply donate $100 to the AFPAAA Endowment Fund. In return, at the next annual meeting, one Centurion donor's name will be drawn and he or she will receive a full refund of their annual meeting registration fee. (The refund can be applied to the current or next annual meeting.)

It is hoped that the public drawing and attendent publicity will attract further contributions. If even half of each meeting's attendees join the Centurions, the program would earn about $5000 per annual meeting, a substantial addition to the foundation.

For Annual Meeting reservation and registration details go to Annual Meeting

To make a Centurion donation: Send your check for $100.00 (payable to Endowment Fund) to: AFPAAA Centurions, Attn: Treasurer, P.O. Box 447, Locust Grove, VA 22508-0447. Be sure to clearly mark your check "Centurion"

Pinup Annual Meeting Site Selection - How to suggest a site
At the 2002 annual meeting, the membership approved a policy that - effective in 2005 - annual AFPAAA conference sites will be suggested and awarded on a bid basis. Any member interested in hosting an annual conference should download the Annual Conference Application Instructions and complete the Annual Conference Application form.

Instructions and an Application can be downloaded as PDF files HERE.

Any questions or concerns about the process should be sent to:
Annual Meeting Committee



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