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2024 NCR MDAA Missile Defender of the Year awardees with Founder Riki Ellison at the award ceremony on May 31st, 2024, Joint Airforce Base Andrews, MD

Last Friday, MDAA hosted our 75th Defender of the Year (DOY) at Joint Base Andrews and NCR MDOY recognizing the best missile defenders of this past year in their noble mission of the defense of our nation’s Capital and Region. We honored 20 of the best of the best leaders from our National Guard and across our joint force of the US Army and USAF in this noble joint mission. 

“In 2001 we got hit by cruise missiles right here. That’s why you’re born, that’s why the Noble Eagle Mission was born, because what happened in 2001… and our nation decided we could not live in an ABM (Anti-Ballistic Missile) world and we broke out of the treaty and we created the Missile Defense Agency, NORTHCOM, our first ground base missile defense system that defended all 50 states and we created the Air and Cruise Missile Defense system of the National Capital Region. Your Mission. We are grateful as a Nation for your excellence in leadership and proficiency in keeping America Safe.” 

– MDAA Founder Mr. Riki Ellison, May 31st, 2024, Joint Airforce Base Andrews, MD. 

Defense Wins World Championships, and here are our Nation’s 2024 NCR World Champion Missile Defenders:

Group 1: ADA Support Personnel 

SSG Jose Galvan 

SGT Abraham Peediakal  

SGT Angel Rojas 

SPC Ethan Gutierrez 

Group 2: ADA JADOC Floor Personnel 

1LT Michael Powell 

1LT Jack Vantress

SSG Sidney Hacker 

SPC Adrianna Santellanes-Cortina

SPC Austin Hatcher  

Group 3: ADA Airforce Personnel 
MSgt Kendrick Wilburn 

Group 4: ADA Top NASAMS Team Personnel 

SSG Brayden Beam 

SPC Braden Rogers

SPC Ashley Grooms 

Group 5: ADA Avenger Team Personnel 

SSG Joshua Patch 

SGT Derek Sortor  

SPC John Muthig

Group 6: ADA 1-174 ADA BN Officer of the Year 
MAJ Abby Schroll 

Group 7: ADA Civilian of the Year 
Mr. Robert Campbell 

Group 8: ADA JADOC Officer of the Year 
LTC Bryan Tillirson 

Winners associate with Winners to Win!

We thank our NCR Leaders of this Mission Set for being with us and leading-  

Major General Frank M. Rice, Commander, 263rd Army Air and Missile Defense Command (AAMDC), Major General Darrin E. Slaten, Director of Strategy, Plans and International Affairs, National Guard Bureau J5, Major General (Ret.) David “Oscar” Meyer, Former Assistant Deputy of Chief of Staff, Operations, USAF HQ, and (ret) Major General Charles “Corky” Corcoran Deputy Commander of USAF operations J3.  

“I know you don’t have the best generation of NASAMS, and it’s it’s unbelievable and we’re fighting for you to get the best stuff. You should have the best stuff here, but regardless of what stuff you’ve got you play with, what you got is people you got is leadership. And you got courage, you got grit and you got trust and that’s why we’re going to win” 

– MDAA Founder Mr. Riki Ellison, May 31st, 2024, Joint Airforce Base Andrews, MD. 

Mission Statement

MDAA’s mission is to make the world safer by advocating for the development and deployment of missile defense systems to defend the United States, its armed forces and its allies against missile threats.

MDAA is the only organization in existence whose primary mission is to educate the American public about missile defense issues and to recruit, organize, and mobilize proponents to advocate for the critical need of missile defense. We are a non-partisan membership-based and membership-funded organization that does not advocate on behalf of any specific system, technology, architecture or entity.