AFCEA Volunteers Present Year-End Academic Awards

September 1, 2019

Every year AFCEA recognizes outstanding military students with honor and research awards, and AFCEA members travel to universities all over the country to present them in person.

The awards are for students in ROTC, at service academies and at Department of Defense educational institutions. The top junior majoring in command, control, communications, computers and intelligence (C4I) or information technology (IT) in a ROTC unit can be nominated for the AFCEA ROTC Honor Award, and the top graduating senior in each branch nationwide is awarded the Distinguished Performance Award. Commissioning awards are also given to the top graduate in electrical engineering at each of the service academies. Finally, research awards recognize excellent papers related to C4I at DOD educational institutions.

Having AFCEA members present the awards gives these students role models in their field. To volunteer to present awards next spring, sign up at


Lt. Col. Marilyn DeWalt, USA (Ret.) (top r), presents an AFCEA ROTC Honor Award to Cadet Zachary Brownsword of Bowling Green State University; Eric Sloan (center r), Montgomery Chapter Educational Foundation director, presents the Air Command and Staff College AFCEA Research Honor Award to Maj. Curtis Shorr, USAF; Army ROTC Cadet Kelton King of Georgia Southern University (c) receives an AFCEA ROTC Honor Award from Sergeant 1st Class (P) Travis Bennett, USA; Joe Loda (bottom r), Southern New England Chapter vice president of professional development, presents an AFCEA ROTC Honor Award to Air Force ROTC Cadet Kaitlin Porter of Yale University; Dan Boger (top l), Ph.D., presents the Naval Postgraduate School Joint C4I Wozencraft Academic Honor Award to Maj. Justin Murphy, USMC; Lewis Duncan (bottom l), Ph.D., presents the Naval War College AFCEA Research Honor Award to Lt. Cmdr. Michael P. Hettinger Jr., USN.

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