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AFCEA International Awards Program
Medal of Merit


This award is for a sustained level of dedicated service to AFCEA, combined with professional excellence at a more senior level in the fields of communications, electronics, intelligence and information systems. AFCEA contributions will be more heavily weighted than C4I community contributions in the decision process. Winners are selected by the AFCEA International Awards Committee.  Nominees for this award are evaluated through December of the previous year.


The Medal of Merit nomination will be graded on the following:

AFCEA participation and contributions

  • Details of specific initiatives taken to strengthen AFCEA at a strategic level, such as measures to increase participation, involvement of organization/colleagues

AFCEA recognition

  • Nominees for this award are expected to be previous Meritorious Service Award winners, and are ranked accordingly during the voting process
  • Other AFCEA recognition including at the chapter level

Professional accomplishments

  • Exceptional professional performance in the fields of communications, electronics, intelligence, and information systems with documented examples


  • Other professional awards/achievements



  • Must be a current AFCEA member
  • Must have been active in AFCEA for at least four years before being nominated for this award
  • Must have held at least two positions on an AFCEA board/committee at the chapter level
  • Must be able to document a minimum of five significant AFCEA achievements in the past two years
  • If a previous Meritorious Service Award winner, the award must have been won at least two years prior to being nominated for this award
  • Cannot have previously won this Medal of Merit
  • Individual cannot nominate themselves
  • Nomination must be endorsed by the nominee's AFCEA Regional Vice President (RVP)


Nominations will open in February, 2016

CLICK HERE to nominate a candidate



2015 Medal of Merit Winners

Cheryl Brown

Montgomery Chapter

Lt Col Laura R. Pope, USAF (Ret)

Los Angeles Chapter

Tim Ceteras

Rockwell Collins

Lexington-Concord Chapter

Dr. Josef Pozar

Police Academy of the Czech Republic

Czech Chapter

CWO4 Clifton Jenkins, USN (Ret)

Hawaii Chapter

Col Chad D. Raduege, USAF

690th Cyberspace Operations Group

Alamo Chapter

Sam Jones

SAP National Security Services

Northern Virginia Chapter

Thomas Ryan


Northern Virginia Chapter

James Lee

ITG Inc.
Hampton Roads Chapter

Linda M. Skinner

JJR Solutions
Dayton-Wright Chapter

Lt Gen Eduardo Mateus

Portuguese Army

Portugal Chapter

Johnnie Young

Federal Reserve Bank, Atlanta

Atlanta Chapter

Col Philip Platt, USAF (Ret)

Rocky Mountain Chapter

2014 Medal of Merit Winners

Robert Wes Bond


Kaiserslautern Chapter

Prof. Paul Svasta

University Politehnica, Bucharest

Bucharesti Chapter

Jane Ferreira

Hawaii CTS

Hawaii Chapter

Thomas Wells

Dayton Aerospace, Inc.

Dayton-Wright Chapter

Dr. Ing. Marcel Harakal

Slovak Armed Forces Academy

Slovak Chapter

Robert White

Rocky Mountain Chapter

SMSgt Keith R. Jordan, USAF

Alamo Chapter

Bill Wright

Marine Corps University

Quantico-Potomac Chapter

CAPT Mario Simoes Marques, PRT (N)

Portuguese Navy
Portugal Chapter

Michelle Youngers

Raytheon Cyber Products Company
Northern Virginia Chapter

Paul Patton


Northern Virginia Chapter

Harold Youra

Alliance Solutions

Bethesda Chapter

Joyce Sidopoulos

JFS Solutions, LLC

Lexington-Concord Chapter

2013 Medal of Merit Winners

Irene Biddy

Oasis Systems

Lexington-Concord Chapter

James Kohlmann

Rocky Mountain Chapter


Eduardo Branco

Portugal Chapter

David Landry

Atlanta Chapter


Robert Damen


Augusta-Fort Gordon Chapter

Jaroslav Pejcoch

T-SOFT a.s.

Czech Chapter


John Hardt

General Dynamics Information Technology
Montgomery Chapter

Miki Sinisi

ManTech International

Northern Virginia Chapter


Tim Harschutz

Fleet Cyber Command
Hampton Roads Chapter

Richard Wegmann

Dayton-Wright Chapter


Maj Andrew Heo, USAF

Rocky Mountain Chapter

Col Paul Welch, USAF

688th Information Operations Wing

Alamo Chapter


Jeffrey Katz

Lexington-Concord Chapter


2012 Medal of Merit Winners

Mitch Abel

AFCEA Atlanta

Bill Jones

DSA, Inc.


Louis Bianco

DISA Oklahoma City

Cory Lindo

Hewlett Packard


Brig Gen Bruce Bohn, USAF (Ret.)

Bohn Consulting Services, LLC

Jean McLeish



Dr. James Cunningham

JA Cunningham Consulting, LLC

Keith Snook

Booz Allen Hamilton


CDR Chris Cusano, USN (Ret.)

Next Tier Concepts Inc.

Patricia Teschke

The MITRE Corporation


Greg Gorman


Larry Watlington

Global Cyberspace Integration Center


Gayle Grant

U.S. Army RDECOM, Communications-Electronics Research, Development & Engineering Center


2011 Medal of Merit Winners

Paulo Amaral

Portugal Chapter

Patrick Dagle


Chuck Giasson

LGS Bell Labs Innovations

Patrick Kelly

Donna Russell


Floyd Sherrod


Charles Strimpler

Sabre Systems

Dr. Bhavani Thuraisingham

The University of Texas at Dallas

Joseph Yavorsky

7th Signal Command (Theater)

Col Ronald Zich, USMC

U.S. Marine Corps


2010 Medal of Merit Winners

Brenda Colton

Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command

Norris Connelly

NCI Information Systems, Inc.

Steve Gaudreau

Smartronix, Inc.

Jim Loiselle


Randy Martin

82nd Communications Support Squadron

Olan Waldrop


Air Commodore Bruce Wynn, RAF (Ret.)


2009 Medal of Merit Winners

Alvie Johnson
DataPath Inc.

Karl Kabanek


VADM Emil Lyutskanov, Bulgarian Navy

1st Deputy Chief of General Staff

Bulgarian Armed Forces

Steve Makrinos


Lynn Moad

Wright-Patterson AFB

2008 Medal of Merit Winners

Frances Duntz

Electronic Systems Center

Lt Gen Pietro Finocchio, ITAF

Nancy Hearrell


Thomas Jaycox

ESP Corporation

Dr. Stephen Quilici

Harris Corporation

Susie Sablan

BAE Systems

Martha Soles

U.S. Strategic Command - JTF GNO


Click here for a complete list of AFCEA Awards and nomination forms.


Award Questions?

Please contact Susan Emert
(703) 631-6191


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