Awards

How We Recognize Outstanding Achievement

AFPAAA Awards


Mike McRaney
Distinguished Service Award

Each year since 2000, AFPAAA has presented its highest honor to an individual who has provided extraordinary and distinguished service to the Association. In honor of the Distinguished Service Award's first recipient, Brig. Gen. Mike McRaney, the Association's founding President and Board Chairman, the award was renamed the "Mike McRaney Distinguished Service Award" in 2001.

Awardees must receive unanimous approval from the Association's Board of Directors.

Award nominations can be made by any AFPAAA member following these guidelines.

See the list of award winners.

Read Gen. McRaney's official Air Force biography.

Brig. Gen. James W. Hart, Jr.
Best of the Best Award

Since 1995, AFPAAA has teamed with SAF/PA to recognize one outstanding individual as the "Best of the Best" from all nominated bandsmen, broadcasters, multimedia, and PA professionals. In 2017, the award was renamed the "Brig. Gen. James W. Hart, Jr. Best of the Best Award" in honor of AFPAAA founder, long time treasurer, and board member Jim Hart.

Selected on the basis of professional excellence and significant contributions to the Air Force misson, the winner receives an engraved trophy and $1,000 from AFPAAA.

See the list of award winners.

Read Gen. Hart's official Air Force biography.

AFPAAA President's
Award

The "AFPAAA President's Award" is presented to individuals who are leaders in their particular field or who developed pioneering programs and policies that impact Air Force Public Affairs.

An individual does not have to be an AFPAAA member to be considered for the President's Award. Whether the person is active, retired, a civilian employee, or a community leader, what counts is the contribution he or she has made to the Public Affairs community.

To be selected, an individual must be nominated by the sitting AFPAAA President, and then receive unanimous approval from all past-Presidents.

See the list of award winners.

Mike McRaney
Distinguished Service Award Recipients

  • Mike McRaney

  • 2000
  • Pete Alexandrakos

  • 2001
  • Alice Price

  • 2002
  • Neil Buttimer

  • 2003
  • David Shea

  • 2004
  • John Gura

  • 2005
  • David Schillerstrom

  • 2006
  • Joe Purka

  • 2007
  • John Terino

  • 2008
  • Linda Arnold

  • 2009
  • Ron Rand

  • 2010
  • David Smith

  • 2011
  • Sam Giammo

  • 2012
  • Hal Smarkola

  • 2013
  • Bud Ross

  • 2014
  • Jim McGuire and Hank Hufnagel

  • 2015
  • Mark Foutch

  • 2016
  • Jim Hart

  • 2017
  • Phil Ratliff

  • 2018
  • Judy Bivens

  • 2019

Brig. Gen. James W. Hart, Jr.
Best of the Best Award Recipients

  • Senior Airman James H. Cunningham III

  • 1994
  • Captain Brett E. Morris

  • 1995
  • Captain Michael J. Paoli

  • 1996
  • Staff Sergeant Anthony Jacob

  • 1997
  • Staff Sergeant William M. Hickman, Jr.

  • 1998
  • Major Frank Smolinsky

  • 1999
  • Captain John S. Haynes

  • 2000
  • Master Sergeant Kenneth E. Fidler

  • 2001
  • Lieutenant Colonel Stephen D. Clutter

  • 2002
  • Lieutenant Colonel Jon K. Anderson

  • 2003
  • Lieutenant Colonel Roger S. Murray

  • 2004
  • Senior Master Sergeant Stefan Alford

  • 2005
  • Technical Sergeant Tara A. O'Brien

  • 2006
  • Lieutenant Colonel John L. Thomas

  • 2007
  • Technical Sergeant Sean M. Worrell

  • 2008
  • Captain Joseph A. Coslett

  • 2009
  • Staff Sergeant Julianne M. Showalter

  • 2010
  • First Lieutenant Belena S. Marquez

  • 2011
  • Senior Master Sergeant Timothy W. Cook

  • 2012
  • Staff Sergeant Roidan A. Carlson

  • 2013
  • Ms. Ann M. Stefanek

  • 2014
  • Mr. Anthony D. Roake

  • 2015
  • Major Bryan Bouchard

  • 2016
  • Senior Airman Nicolas Myers

  • 2017
  • Master Sergeant David A. Salanitri

  • 2018

AFPAAA President's
Award Recipients

  • William I. Greener


  • John T. Correll


  • Frank W. Jennings

  • 2001


  • H. J. "Jerry" Dalton


  • Chuck Lucas


  • Terry Hemeyer

  • 2002


  • Reed Switzer


  • Carroll V. "CV" Glines


  • Keith Ferris

  • 2003


  • Thomas C. Reed


  • David O. Schillerstrom

  • 2004


  • James W. Hart, Jr.


  • William T. Coleman, Jr.

  • 2005


  • Willis L. "Bill" Helmantoler


  • Betty Jane Williams

  • 2006


  • Linda A. Arnold


  • Larry McCracken

  • 2007


  • Richard F. Abel


  • Charles H. Powers


  • David E. Smith

  • 2008


  • David J. Shea


  • Michael G. Caldwell

  • 2009


  • Neil J. Buttimer


  • Salvatore "Sam" J. Giammo

  • 2010


  • Foy S. McNaughton

  • 2011


  • Michael I. Burch


  • William A. Barksdale

  • 2012


  • John A. Worthington


  • Curtis Bottesch

  • 2013


  • Les A. Kodlick


  • Robert G. McCullough

  • 2014


  • Louis J. Timmons


  • Arnald D. Gabriel

  • 2015


  • Brian A. Binn


  • Darren W. McDew

  • 2016


  • Kathleen A. Cook


  • Clifford H. "Cliff" Long

  • 2017


  • Ken Hackman


  • Garrett Harencak

  • 2018


  • Stacy L. Pearsall


  • Mark Bell

  • 2019