U.S. Missile Defender of the Year Award Ceremonies

The Missile Defender of the Year is awarded to the best U.S. missile defense Solider, Sailor, Airmen and National Guardsmen for the year

ARMY AIR FORCE NAVY NATIONAL GUARD
2010 First Lieutenant Ted M. Kimmey Jr. First Lieutenant Brian K. Yoakam Petty Officer First Class Shawn Andre Walker Major Michael A. Tobe
2011 Captain Will Andrews Fire Controlman Second Class Petty Officer Mathieu McIntosh Staff Sergeant Craig Davis
2012 Captain Kyle Kirkpatrick Captain Gregory Tengco Fire Controlman Second Class Petty Officer Ronald Barbee Sergeant Aric Wilkins
2013 SSG Nancy A. Wingo  Captain Benjamin C. Szutar Lieutenant Brandon Bridges Staff Sergeant Nicholas W. Power
2014 SSG MichaelSean McSherry Lt Col Jerry Frazier FC2 Bartholomew Ringer SSG Norman D. Perkins III
2015 Captain Jason Roberts Major Michael D. Sward Fire Controlman First Class Petty Officer Elizabeth J. Clark Staff Sergeant Trampas J. Vojtasek
2016 CW2 Kevin M. Kruthers Lt Col Anthony J. Owens PO1 Nathaniel Lynch SSG Caroline Domenech

 



Regional Defenders of the Year

NORAD & USNORTHCOM Missile Warning and Defender of the Year

The award ceremony honors the best excellence of leadership within NORAD and USNORTHCOM, both military and civilian, for missile warning and missile defense.

Date Location Number of Awardees
June 2, 2017 Colorado Springs, Colorado 6
June 3, 2016 Colorado Springs, Colorado 6
May 29, 2015 Colorado Springs, Colorado 4
May 22, 2014 Colorado Springs, Colorado 3
May 3, 2013 Colorado Springs, Colorado 4


Peninsula Defenders of the Year

Bringing together the Republic of Korea (R.O.K.) and the United States (U.S.) to honor and recognize each country’s best missile defense crews

Date Location Number of Awardees
November 29, 2017 Seoul, Korea 41
November 18, 2016 Seoul, Korea 22
November 20, 2015 Seoul, Korea 24
November 21, 2014 Seoul, Korea 14
November 2013 Seoul, Korea 13
November 2012 Seoul, Korea 10


Alaska Missile Defender of the Year

Honoring those members of the Alaska Army and Air National Guard who operate the U.S. Ground Based Midcourse System.

Date Location Number of Awardees
May 6, 2017 Anchorage, Alaska 11
May 21, 2016 Anchorage, Alaska 12
May 16, 2015 Anchorage, Alaska 10
May 10, 2014 Anchorage, Alaska 8


European Missile Defender of the Year

The award is given to North Atlantic Treaty Organization service members that have made significant contributions to missile defense over the past year. The six selected individuals come from four NATO countries and represent the best in leadership and personal effort, demonstrating their commitment to excellence and their critical role in missile defense in the protection of Europe.

Date Location Number of Awardees
April 8, 2017 Cologne, Germany 8
April 29, 2016 Ramstein, Germany 10
April 17, 2015 Kaiserslautern, Germany 6
April 4, 2014 Kaiserslautern, Germany 6


United Arab Emirates Air and Missile Defender of the Year

The event recognized the excellence of the air and missile defenders protecting the United Arab Emirates, and the outstanding team effort between the two nations. This effort spans the reach of  the UAE and U.S. military services on land, sea and air, right down to the leadership and the individual airmen, soldiers and sailors who defend the United Arab Emirates.

Date Location Number of Awardees
September 28, 2017 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates 6
August 8, 2016 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates 8
October 15, 2014 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates 17


Okinawa Missile Defender of the Year

Honoring missile defense forces from Japan and the United States of America at Kadena Air Base in Okinawa.

Date Location Number of Awardees
December 1, 2017 Okinawa, Japan 31
November 22, 2016 Okinawa, Japan 34
November 24, 2015 Okinawa, Japan 24
November 25, 2014 Kadena Air Base 18
November 2013 Kadena Air Base 10


Pacific Theater Air and Missile Defender of the Year

This award honors the best U.S. war fighters contributing to the integrated air and missile defense network throughout the Pacific theater.

Date Location Number of Awardees
September 26, 2015 Honolulu, Hawaii 10


Japan Missile Defender of the Year

The award is given to members of the missile defense community in Japan, which consists of Japan’s Air Force and four participating U.S. military services.

Date Location Number of Awardees
Friday, February 9, 2017 Tokyo, Japan 9
Wednesday, November 18, 2015  Yokota Air Force Base, Japan 10


Guam Missile Defender of the Year

This award recognizes the missile defenders located in the American territory of Guam, where the U.S. Army’s Task Force Talon of the 94th AAMDC deploys the world’s only active THAAD battery site.

Date Location Number of Awardees
Wednesday, December 6, 2017 THAAD Site Armadillo, Guam  8
 Wednesday, November 16, 2016 THAAD Site Armadillo, Guam 7
 Friday, November 27, 2015 THAAD Site Armadillo, Guam  7


Texas Missile Defender of the Year

This award honors the best missile defenders of the year from the state of Texas, which is home to the world’s largest Air Defense Brigade, the 11th Imperial Brigade out of Fort Bliss, Texas and also the 69th Army Air Defense Brigade out of Fort Hood, Texas.

Date Location Number of Awardees
 Saturday, March 25, 2017  Austin, Texas  11


Dutch Missile Defender of the Year

Date Location Number of Awardees
Tuesday, May 16, 2017 Soest, Netherlands 3


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