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AFCEA International Awards Program
Meritorious Service Award

This is a mid-career award for meritorious contributions to AFCEA and the community, and for professional accomplishments. AFCEA contributions will be more heavily weighted than professional performance 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 Meritorious Service Award nomination will be graded on the following:

AFCEA participation and contributions

  • Details of specific initiatives taken to strengthen AFCEA at an operational level, such as recruiting, sponsorship and/or development of events

AFCEA recognition

  • Nominees for this award are usually winners of Distinguished Young AFCEAN and Emerging Leadership awards, and are ranked accordingly during the voting process
  • Other AFCEA recognition including at the chapter level

Professional Accomplishments

  • Exceptional career professional performance in the fields of communications, electronics, intelligence, and information systems


  • Other professional awards/achievements


  • Must be a current AFCEA member
  • Must have been active in AFCEA for at least two years before being nominated for this award
  • Must have held at least one position on an AFCEA board/committee at the chapter level
  • Must be able to document a minimum of three significant AFCEA achievements in the past two years
  • If a previous Emerging Leadership winner, the award must have been won at least two years prior to being nominated for this award
  • Cannot have previously won this Meritorious Service Award
  • 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 Meritorious Service Award Winners


Valerie Arris

US Coast Guard

Southern New England Chapter

Rick Lipsey

Lipsey Cyber Consulting, LLC

Alamo Chapter


MSgt Gregory Buthorne, USAF

55th Communications Squadron

Greater Omaha Chapter

Leslie McIndoe


Washington DC Chapter


SMSgt Matthew Console, USAF

1st Combat Communications Squadron
Kaiserslautern Chapter

SMSgt Lynne Mills, USAF (Ret)

Tidewater Chapter


Treci Dimas


Hampton Roads Chapter

Kameke Mitchell

Montgomery Chapter


Carlo Falessi

Rome Chapter

Gineen Platt

US Air Force Academy

Rocky Mountain Chapter


Andi Fehl

Octo Consulting Group

Belvoir Chapter

Randy Ramos

Global Business Solutions, Inc.

Pensacola Chapter


Yolande B. Fong

Hawaii Chapter

David Scarbalis

CA Technologies

Northern Virginia Chapter


Julie Goetz

TEK Systems

Atlanta Chapter

Zafer K. Selcuk

Aselsan Inc.

Turkiye Chapter


Gresford Gray

Resources Global Professionals

Northern Virginia Chapter

Major Katherine Stowe, USAF

Air Force Life Cycle Management Center
Lexington-Concord Chapter


Julie Harris

Deloitte Services LP

Dayton-Wright Chapter

COL Kathleen J. Swacina, USA (Ret)

Tiber Creek Consulting

Atlanta Chapter


Petr Hruza

University of Defence, Czech Republic

Czech Chapter

Dr. Josef Vesely

Ministry of Interior, Czech Republic

Czech Chapter


Rich Leino


Quantico-Potomac Chapter

Paul Wilbur

Subsidium, Inc.

South Caroina Low Country Chapter


Walter Lewis

Exeter Information Technology Services

South Florida Chapter


2014 Meritorious Service Award Winners


MSgt Nicole Alley, USAF

10th Intelligence Squadron

Tidewater Chapter

Frederick W. Mooney


Rocky Mountain Chapter


Cathy Burtless

Interior Showplace Ltd

Hawaii Chapter

Brian Murphy


Tampa-St. Petersburg Chapter


Mark Christensen

Crystal Clear Technologies
Tampa-St. Petersburg Chapter

Erdinc Oguz


Turkiye Chapter


Col. Eng. Mihail-Liviu Cosereanu


Bucharesti Chapter

Rod Pohlmann

Rocky Mountain Chapter


Col Aldo Giannatiempo, IAF

Rome Chapter

ChiLai Poon

Array Information Technology

Northern Virginia Chapter


Diane James-Poole


Lexington-Concord Chapter

Palmer Sims


Hampton Roads Chapter


Jay Kanavos

The MITRE Corporation

Lexington-Concord Chapter

John Skudlarek

National Telecommunications and Information Administration

Northern Virginia Chapter


Dr. Ing. Milan Kny

Police Academy

Czech Chapter

Jay Storms

Smartronix, Inc.

Quantico-Potomac Chapter


Ladislav Kollarik

Corinex Group

Slovak Chapter

Reginald Vaughn

TTI, Inc.
Belvoir Chapter


Ares Koumis

Rocky Mountain Chapter

Sharon White

The Home Front Cares

Rocky Mountain Chapter



2013 Meritorious Service Award Winners


Brad Barker

Master Key Consulting

Bethesda Chapter

Dr. James Pasch

The Joint Staff

Hampton Roads Chapter


MSgt Donald Blackmon, USAF


Stuttgart Chapter

Rhonda Richardson

Air Combat Command

Tidewater Chapter


Maggie Cook

Navanti Group LLC
Northern Virginia Chapter

William Robinson

Alamo Chapter


Erin Donlan

PESystems, Inc.

Lexington-Concord Chapter

Eric Sloan

22nd Century Technologies

Montgomery Chapter


Gerard Elzinga


Belgium Chapter

Bud Vazquez


Lexington-Concord Chapter


MSG Rebecca Fisher, USA

HQ Southern Command J6

South Florida Chapter

Casey Weinstein


Dayton-Wright Chapter


Brenda Howard


Augusta-Fort Gordon Chapter

Stephen Windom


Rocky Mountain Chapter


Clifton Jenkins

Lockheed Martin

Hawaii Chapter

Wanda Williams

Rocky Mountain Chapter


1st Lt Cali Knowlden, USAF

5th Combat Communications Group

Middle Georgia Chapter

Joseph Wotton

Tampa-St. Petersburg Chapter


Jason March

Natoma Technologies

Northern Virginia Chapter

Mary Allison Yourchisin

Intelligent Decisions

Tampa-St. Petersburg Chapter



2012 Meritorious Service Award Winners


Candace Akerson David Landry
Air University/A4/6 AFCEA Atlanta
Cindy Brown Capt Andrew Levy, USAF
Pratt Brown & Associates 1st Airborne Command and Control Squadron
Michelle Brown Padam Maheshwari
Essential Data Corporation LGS
Ryan Cox Col Paul Patton, USAF (Ret.)
Gartner CACI
Matt Czarnecki Capt Gilberto Perez, USAF
Capgemini Government Solutions 52 CBCS
Cengiz Ergeneman Danna Plewe
ASELSAN Electronics Industry A.S. Wright-Patterson Air Force Base
Adam Feingold Eric Schneider
Lockheed Martin Gunter Air Force Base
Shannon Hagy Alan Shoemaker
DMI The MITRE Corporation
Patti Hamilton Steven Simkins
Hamilton Consulting Solutions Air Combat Command Directorate of Communications
Garth Hedger Col Mike Sinisi, USAF (Ret.)
ViaVet Electronic Consulting Services Inc.
Joyce Jenkins-Harden Leslie Steele
Computer Sciences Corporation InterImage
Chuck Kelleher Johnnie Young
Brandon Technology Consulting, Inc. Federal Reserve Bank
Roy King Marco Zompetti
Booz Allen Hamilton Electronic Systems Center (ESC/HSGB)


2011 Meritorious Service Award Winners


Mitch Abel Glenn Hernandez
LGS Innovations Inc. U.S. Coast Guard
Linda Baldwin Sam Jones
Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) AFCEA NOVA Chapter
Lexley Bender Jeffrey Katz
DSA Inc IS&GS Defense, Lockheed Martin
Barbara Ellen Bridges James Lee
Par Excellence Information Technology Group, Inc.
Cheryl Brown Dennis Lisherness
General Dynamics IT 55th Communication Group
Mechall Brown Samuel Milford II
HP DISA-Europe
Diane Carnes Janel Nelson
MacB Enterprise Solutions Inc USSTRATCOM/J883
Daniel Curtis Dennis O'Connell
Curtis Consulting Greater Omaha Chapter
Robert Damen Eric Oltman
Raytheon Concurrent Technologies Corporation
Larry Davidoff Lt Col Laura Pope, USAF (Ret.)
Boeing Space and Intelligence Systems Stellar Solutions, Inc.
Gregg Gorman Steven Schwerdtfeger
GigaTrust 625 Strategic Operations Squadron
Ewell Griswald Yalcin Onyuru
601st Mission Support Group TARGET Group
Scott Hardiman Michael Wallace
Electronic Systems Center Technology Associates International Corporation
Dale Hempel Michelle Youngers
University Alliance Corporation Raytheon Trusted Computer Solutions


2010 Meritorious Service Award Winners


Heidi Aronofsky Kenneth Hirlinger
Northrop Grumman General Dynamics Information Technology
Col Klaus Assion, GEAF (Ret.) Benito Hobson
Bonn Chapter Integrits Corporation
LTC Obediah Blair, USA Sandra Iwai
DISA PAC - Japan DISA - Europe
Trinidad Capelo Craig McComb
US Army Forces Command Aeronautical Systems Center
Horace Carney Rick Michael
Kratos Defense Group Copper River Information Technology
James Corcoran Capt Martin Murray, UKAR
66th Air Base Wing Royal Corps of Signals
Elaine Dauphin Colin Nash
CSC Deep Secure
Cheryl Davidson Tony Nicholls
Ft. Monmouth Chapter Royal School of Signals
Colleen Dilly Lisa Pandolf
Data Computer Corporation of America Chenega Technology Services Group
William Dwyer Arletta Powell
Greentree Group US Army Forces Command
Maj Angela Freeman, USAF Lt Col Floyd Sherrod, USAF
HQ Air Mobility Command/A6 DISA
Maj Douglas Freeman, USAF Simon Wilkinson
HQ Air Mobility Command/A6 Gartner
Robert Frye Harold Youra
Alabama Information Technology Consulting Alliance Solutions


2009 Meritorious Service Award Winners


William Allen Deborah Huffman
82 CSS/SCMJ Air Combat Command US Army Signal Center
Mary Benko Bill Jones
DISA - Europe Data System Analysts
Joseph Birenbaum Patrick Kelly
55 Strategic Communications Squadron Sonalysts Inc.
Fernando Duarte Carvalho Whit Ludington
Ministry of Science, Technology & Higher Education Lockheed Martin Corporation
Chris Cusano Robert Martin
Next Tier Concepts ACC/A6CK
Rocha de Matos Capt William Miklo, USAF
AIP Portugal 55 Communications Squadron
Christine Downing Capt Robert Patt, USAF
Northrop Grumman 333d Training Squadron
Kelley Duchesne Ray Reinhard
The Boeing Company ATSC
Esra Erkan Roger Smith
Aselsan Electronic Industry Inc. U.S. Army PEO STRI
Christopher Gandy Lee Terrell
HQ US FORSCOM Wyle Information Systems Group
Charles Giasson Carl Unholz
LGS Innovations, LLC Warner Robins Logistics Center
Sheryl Glore Chris Yorke
45 SCS Compucat Europe Limited
Lisa Hou  
AFCEA Hawaii Chapter  


2008 Meritorious Service Award Winners


Frances Duntz

Electronic Systems Center

Maj William Hibbard, USAF



Mary Barranti

HQ U.S. Army Reserve Command

Alvie Johnson

CherryRoad Technologies


Col Carl Block, USAF

5th Combat Communications Group

MSgt Keith Jordan, USAF



Tresa Chastain

Booz Allen Hamilton

Richard Moore

Air Combat Command


Witold Cieslewski

AFCEA Polish Chapter

Maryann Pucilowski

AFCEA Ft. Monmouth Chapter


Col Norris Connelly, USAF (Ret.)

AFCEA Northern Virginia Chapter

Charles Rich

Leviton Voice & Data


Cheryl Davidson

Harris Corporation

Claude Roche



Jan Fitz


SMSgt Glen Saxon, USAF

435 Communications Squadron


Michael Fitz


Bill Stewart



Bill Galvin

FCI Inc.

Patricia Teschke

Harris Corporation


Thomas Gucwa

Air Force Research Laboratory

David Waite



1st Lt Stacie Hartert, USAF

55th Communications Squadron

Joseph Yavorsky

Harris Corporation


H. Wayne Henry

HQ U.S. European Command





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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