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Best of the Best!
2020 Public Affairs Awards Winners Announced...

SAF/PA Director Brigadier General Pat Ryder has announced the winners of the 2020 Air Force Public Affairs Awards for Communication Excellence, including the winner of the Brigadier General James W. Hart, Jr. Best of the Best Award, sponsored by the Air Force Public Affairs Alumni Association. AFPAAA joins General Ryder in congratulating the winners of these prestigious awards.

A1C Rebeckah Medeiros
2020's Best of the Best
A1C Rebeckah Medeiros

A1C Rebeckah Medeiros from Kadena AB, Japan, was the "Best of the Best" in 2020. She was recognized as the outstanding enlisted, officer, or civilian member who best demonstrated professional excellence and contributed significantly to the effectiveness of the Department of the Air Force public affairs mission. In honor of her achievement, AFPAAA will present A1C Medeiros with the Brigadier General James W. Hart, Jr. Best of the Best Award trophy, a $1,000 check, and a lifetime membership in the association.

Since her selection as "Best of the Best" was announced, she was promoted to Senior Airman and is now stationed at Moody AFB, Georgia. Head to page five of the July edition of News and Notes to learn more about her many impressive accomplishments.

In addition to recognizing A1C Medeiros as the "Best of the Best", General Ryder announced the individual and team winners of the 2020 awards. Military winners of individual awards are eligible for the Air Force Recognition Ribbon, and civilians are eligible for the Air Force Recognition lapel pin.

The individual award winners are:

Outstanding Communication Airman: A1C Rebeckah Medeiros, 18th Wing Public Affairs, Kadena AB, Japan.

Staff Sergeant Christopher S. Frost Outstanding Communication Noncommissioned Officer: TSgt Kristin High, 8th Fighter Wing, Kunsan AB, Republic of Korea.

Outstanding Communication Senior Noncommissioned Officer: MSgt Jeffrey Curtin, 1st Special Operations Wing, Hurlburt Field, Fla.

Airman 1st Class Darryl G. Winters Award for Combat Communication: MSgt Gregory Brook, 4th Combat Camera Squadron, Joint Base Charleston, S.C.

Capt. Bradley R. Schuldt Outstanding Communication Company Grade Officer: Capt Amanda Farr, 60th Air Mobility Wing, Travis AFB, Calif.

Outstanding Communication Field Grade Officer: Lt Col William Powell, 86th Airlift Wing, Ramstein AB, Germany.

Outstanding Communication Civilian Category I: Ms. Bridget Donovan, 1st Special Operations Wing, Hurlburt Field, Fla.

Outstanding Communication Civilian Category II: Ms. Kelly Sanders, 86th Airlift Wing, Ramstein AB, Germany.

Outstanding Communication Civilian Category III: Ms. Katherine (Renee) Tyron, 1st Combat Camera Squadron, Joint Base Charleston, S.C.

The team award winners are:

Brig Gen Harry J. Dalton, Jr. Award for the most effective unit-level communication program: 86th Airlift Wing, Ramstein AB, Germany.

Maj Henry H. "Hap" Arnold Award for Public Affairs Communication Effectiveness: HQ U.S. Space Force Public Affairs, Peterson AFB, Colo.

Best Crisis Communication: 60th Air Mobility Wing, Travis AFB, Calif.

Best Innovation: 90th Missile Wing, FE Warren AFB, Wyo.

Air Force Association Honors
Air Force Magazine Editor John Correll...

The Air Force Association and the family of John T. Correll held a virtual service on May 25th to celebrate and remember John's life, career, and airpower advocacy.

John joined Air Force Magazine after retiring from the Air Force and soon was promoted to become Editor in Chief. Over the next 18 years, he raised the profile and quality of the magazine, emphasizing its role in explaining and celebrating air and space power. He envisioned the think tank that eventually grew into the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies. Following retirement, he continued to be a contributor and trusted advisor for three successive editors who followed in his footsteps.

Air Force and AFA leaders, past and present, and some of John's colleagues and friends, came together to share their thoughts on the passing of a great mind—and one man's fierce dedication to national security.

You can view a recording of the service here.

To learn more about this AFPAAA member's distinguished career go here.

Major General Mark Rosenker Burial Services
Held at Arlington National Cemetery...

A leader, a mentor, and a friend for so many in the PA and AFPAAA family, Major General Mark Rosenker was laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery on April 21st.

Maj Gen Rosenker was an IMA to the director of SAF/PA, ran the White House Military Office for President George W. Bush, and served as Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board.

Mark Rosenker Official Photo
Mark Rosenker Burial Services

AFPAAA representatives in attendance at the services included AFPAAA Board Chairman, Jay DeFrank, Lou Timmons, Marty Hauser, and Brig Gen (ret) Tim White. SAF/PA Director Brig Gen Pat Ryder, Brig Gen Robert Palmer, and Mr Jerry Renne - all AFPAAA members - represented SAF/PA.

For those who were unable to attend the Arlington services, a video recording of the services is available below.

You can read more about Maj Gen Rosenker's distinguished career on pages six and seven of the January 2021 issue of News and Notes here, and in his obituary in the Washington Post here. His official Air Force biography can be found here.

Memorial contributions in Maj Gen Rosenker’s name can be made to the Tunnel to Towers Foundation, or to TAPS - The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors.

PA Legend Brig Gen Jerry Dalton Passes Away...

Brigadier General H.J. "Jerry" Dalton passed away on Sunday, November 1st. He was 93.

General Dalton was the first career Public Affairs Officer to attain the rank of Brigadier General and become SAF/PA Director.
Gen Jerry Dalton
A San Antonio, Texas, native, he had a 30-year Air Force career that began as a distinguished military graduate of the AFROTC program at the University of Texas in Austin. In retirement he continued to excel, holding senior aerospace industry public relations positions. He was president of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) in 1990 and the founding PRSA Foundation president in 1991.

In 1974, the Aviation/Space Writers Association named him the outstanding public information officer in the military, and in 2007 PRSA presented him its highest honor, the PRSA Gold Anvil Award, in recognition of his lifetime of service advancing the practice of public relations. In July 2019, SAF/PA and AFPAAA joined together to honor him when the SAF/PA conference room was named the “Brigadier General H.J. Dalton, Jr. Conference Room”.

The Chairman of the Air Force Public Affairs Alumni Association, Jay DeFrank, issued the following statement on behalf of the association’s Board of Directors:

“Brigadier General Dalton was more than a legend in Air Force Public Affairs. He was an inspiration, a mentor, and an incredible leader respected and beloved by those of us lucky enough to work with him and know him. His enormous legacy lives on to this day, and will endure in how he structured and shaped Air Force Public Affairs to be a major positive force in helping the Air Force accomplish its mission in the challenging decades since he led our field. He will be warmly remembered for his immense knowledge and competence matched by his great good humor and how clearly he so deeply cared about those of us in our career field.

Our deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolences go out to the Dalton family during this very difficult time.”

A celebration of life service in Dallas will be planned at a future date.

Read General Dalton's Oral History here.

Read his Official Biography here.

Read his obituary in the Dallas Morning News here.