Jabara Award

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James Jabara, Korean War Ace

The Jabara Award for Airmanship, named in memory of Colonel James Jabara (1923-1966), is awarded each year to the United States Air Force Academy graduate whose accomplishments demonstrate superior performance in fields directly involved with aerospace vehicles.

With 15 kills, Colonel Jabara was the second leading Air Force ace of the Korean War. Colonel Jabara was the First American Jet Ace. Each year the U.S. Air Force Academy and the Association of Graduates present the Colonel James Jabara Award to an Academy graduate or graduates whose airmanship contributions are of great significance and set them apart from their contemporaries.

Air Force Recognition Ribbon

Each major air command, field operating agency, including the National Guard and Reserve, and direct reporting unit may submit one nomination for the award. The winner of the award is authorized to wear the Air Force Recognition Ribbon.[1]

Recipients[edit]

Year Recipients
1968 Capt Donald D. Stevens, ’60
1969 1st Lt Karl W. Richter, ’64
1969 Major Terry R. Jorris, ’61
1970 Capt Wayne A. Warner, ’63
1971 Capt Neil B. Crist, ’66
1972 Capt R. Stephen Ritchie, ’64
1973 Capt Dale E. Stovall, ’67
1974 Major Robert A. Lodge, ’64
1975 Capt Ronald T. Rand, ’71
Capt Donald R. Backlund, ’71
1976 Lt Col Michael V. Love, ’60
1977 Major Roger E. Carleton, ’67
1978 Lt Col Wayne F. Kendall, Jr., ’60
1979 Major M. H. Bushnell, ’64
1980 Colonel Thomas A. LaPlante, ’61
1981 Capt William T. Gillin, ’73
1982 Lt Col Robert L. Brenci, ’63
1983 Major Neal D. Coyle, ’72
Colonel Karol J. Bobko, ’59
1984 Capt Michael P. Davis, ’78
1985 Colonel James N. Allburn, ’63
1986 Major Larry E. Faber, ’73
1987 Capt James A. Trinka, ’78
1988 Major Marc D. Felman, ’76
Capt Thomas M. Ferguson, ’81
1989 Lt Col Robert H. Schnick, ’72
1990 Capt Francis R. Gabreski, ’81
1991 Capt William F. Andrews, ’80
1992 Major Corby L. Martin, ’80
1993 Major Ali C. Frohlich, ’80
1994 Lt Col James A. Sills, ’74
1995 Capt Harold E. Waters, ’85
1996 Lt Col Robert P. Donnelly Jr., ’77
1997 Lt Col David J. Scott, ’78
1998 Capt Daniel E. Flynn, ’91
1999 Major Peter E. Gersten, ’89
2000 Major James L. Cardoso, ’88
2001 Major Julian M. Chesnutt, ’89
2002 Major Henry C. Thompson, ’87
2003 Major Leighton T. Anderson, ’92
Major Edward J. Lengel, ’92
2004 Major Jason L. Hanover, ’92
2005 Lt Col Keith Schultz, ’79
2006 Capt John Vargas, '96
2007 Maj Mark W. Visconi, '93
2008 Capt Jonathan W. Graham, '99
2009 Chesley B. Sullenberger, '73
Capt. Travis A. Burton, '00
Capt Prichard Keely, '04
2010 Capt. Mike Polidor, '04[2]
2011 Capt. Joesph "Drew" Hext, '02

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Jabara Award for Airmanship". Association of Graduates. Retrieved March 6, 2011. 
  2. ^ Laster, Jill (February 19, 2011). "Pilot honored for organizing airstrikes". Air Force Times. Archived from the original on July 10, 2011.