2011 U.S. Missile Defender of the Year

Alexandria, Virginia / January 13, 2012

On January 13th, 2012 MDAA was honored to host the second annual “Missile Defender of the Year Award Ceremony” in Alexandria, Virginia. The Missile Defender of the Year is awarded to the best U.S. missile defense Solider, Sailor, and National Guardsman for the year.

These three select individuals represent the best in leadership and personal effort, demonstrating their commitment to excellence and their critical role in missile defense. They are an inspiration to their subordinates, peers, and superiors. The sincerity, heartfelt passion, awe of appreciation, self humility, and love of missile defense was on full display as these young men were recognized as heroes in the unsung field of their profession for all they do for our nation. Captain Will Andrews, Fire Controlman Second Class Petty Officer Mathieu McIntosh, and Staff Sergeant Craig Davis are three men that lead by true excellence, which is contagious to their units, teams, and commands.

These three outstanding young men represent their unit or ship as extensions of all those that they work with and the missile defense systems they operate. They represent the best of the military’s current and future missile defense capability to make our nation and world safer.

We commend their role and those of our military war fighters who bring these missile defense systems to life to operate, command, defend and protect against the growing and current threats of nuclear proliferation and ballistic missiles.

Their future is our future as a nation, a military, and a missile defender; upon their shoulders lay responsibilities that match expectations to achieve much more greatness than what they are recognized for this past year.?

Yet their climb to this level is and always will be upon their teammates, battle buddies, shipmates, parents and, most importantly, their partners in life-their three wives.

We honored these men with affection and tribute for what they have done and also for what they are about to do.

Captain Will Andrews, United States Army

A team leader that is so endeared by his actions and deeds that the United States three-star Army General overseeing Afghanistan looks to him for his work with the local Afghan people and the NATO and Jordanian soldiers he oversees; for what he has achieved in how to give security and leave security with the… read more

Fire Controlman Second Class Petty Officer Mathieu McIntosh, United States Navy

A team leader so endeared to his ship that the Captain relied on his expertise and leadership on the key component, as there was no room for failure on a complete, pure Aegis BMD mission to 27 ports that has now set the standards and operations procedures; a mission that took them into the Black… read more

Staff Sergeant Craig Davis, Army National Guard

An Army Drill Sergeant’s son who has worked his way through Iraq and Afghanistan, patrolled sub 50-degree temperatures on our missile site in Alaska, and is now one of, if not the best fire control officer presiding over 26 Ground Based Interceptors protecting the United States Homeland 24/7, 365 days of the year. A native… read more

Defenders of the Year

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