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AFCEA International Awards Program
Sparky Baird Award

This annual award is given to the author(s) of the outstanding SIGNAL Magazine article of the year.

The W.J. "Sparky" Baird Award is named after COL W.J. Baird, USA (Ret.), former general manager of AFCEA and editor of SIGNAL Magazine. COL Baird became editor of SIGNAL in 1956 and held that position for 18 years. He assumed the additional duty of AFCEA general manager in 1959. That position became AFCEA President in 1977.

Note: Nominations are not solicited for this award. The Sparky Baird Award winner is chosen by an independent panel of judges from government, industry and journalism.

 

2013 Sparky Baird Award Winners

Frank Klucznik

Capt. Michael Stephens, USAF

"The Tactical Edge Sees Data Interoperability"
SIGNAL Magazine, November 2012

 

Kent Schneider, President and CEO of AFCEA International (l) and Al Grasso, Chair of the Board (r), present the Sparky Baird Award to Frank Klucznik, Georgia Tech Reserach Institute, and Leslie Winters, Data and Services Division, Joint Staff J-6, who accepted the award on behalf of Capt. Michael Stephens, USAF, Joint Staff J-6.  Klucznik and Capt. Stephens co-authored the winning article, "The Tactical Edge Sees Data Interoperability", in the November 2012 issue of SIGNAL Magazine.

 

 

2012 Sparky Baird Award Winner

Paul Strassman

"A Culture Shock Is Coming"
SIGNAL Magazine, July 2011

 

2011 Sparky Baird Award Winner

James Bussert

"China Enters the Aircraft Carrier Club"
SIGNAL Magazine, April 2010

 

2010 Sparky Baird Award Winners

Carol Scheina

Gabe Mounce

Daniel Ward

"Twitter is Mission Critical"
SIGNAL Magazine, October 2009

 

2009 Sparky Baird Award Winner

Diana Raschke

"Asymmetric Warfare Requires Intelligence Community Reorganization"

SIGNAL Magazine, April 2008

 

2008 Sparky Baird Award Winner

Vinh Nguyen

"Current Trends in Intelligence Outsourcing Affect Workforce Stability"

SIGNAL Magazine, December 2007

 

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

 

Award Questions?

Please contact Bob Ackerman
(703) 631-6192

signal@afcea.org

 


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