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The Marine Corps Aviation Association (MCAA) is honored to announce the 2024 MCAA Aviation Award Recipients. These Marines received their Awards at the 2024 Symposium in Dallas, TX, on May 23rd, 2024.

Alfred A. Cunningham Award (Aviator of the Year):

Maj Shane R. Gentry, VMU-3, 1st MAW


Robert Guy Robinson Award (NFO of the Year):

Capt William J. Bursaw, MAG-31, 2d MAW


Earle Hattaway Award (Aviation Ground Officer of the Year):

Capt Matthew C. Weber, MALS-26, 2d MAW


Robert F. Gibson Award (Air Command and Control Officer of the Year):

Capt Kevin V. Cao, MASS-3, 3d MAW


Silver Hawk Award (Earliest Naval Aviation Designation Date):

LtGen Matthew G. Glavy, Deputy Commandant for Information


Frank E. Petersen Jr. Award (Flight Student of the Year):

1stLt Jack A. Cleary, MATSG-21


Danny L. Radish Award (Enlisted Aircrewman of the Year):

GySgt Taylor C. Coughlin, MAWTS-1


Willie D. Sproule Award (Maintenance Marine of the Year):

GySgt Christopher A. Stamps, VMM-162, 2d MAW


Kenneth W. Southcomb Award (Aviation Supply Marine of the Year):

MSgt Dylan A. Theberge, MALS-12, 1st MAW


Paul G. Vess Award (Avionics Marine of the Year):

Sgt Ryan C. Hart, VMM-162, 2d MAW


Gaines B. Gilbert Award (Aviation Ordnance Marine of the Year):

Sgt Spencer G. Neitzke, VMX-1


Kenneth A. Innis Award (Command and Control Marine of the Year):

GySgt Daniel J. Tovar, 3d LAAB, 3d Marine Division


Jack W. Demmond Award (Aviation Ground Marine of the Year):

Cpl Nathan A. Barr, MWSS-171, 1st MAW


James E. Nicholson Award (NCO Leadership):

Sgt Luis A. Morales, Jr., MWSS-373, 3d MAW


Michael A. Hough Award (Acquisition Excellence):

LtCol Leigh G. Irwin, PMA-266


James Maguire Award (Exceptional Achievement):

Capt Scott A. MacDonald, VMU-1, 3d MAW


Commandants Aviation Trophy (Outstanding Performance of a Marine Aviation Squadron or Battalion): 



Robert M. Hanson Award (Fighter/Attack Squadron of the Year):

VMFA-242, 1st MAW


Lawson H. M. Sanderson Award (Attack Squadron of the Year):

VMA-231, 2d MAW


Henry Wildfang Award (Aerial/Refueler/Transport Squadron of the Year):

VMGR-352, 3d MAW


Fred McCorkle Award (Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron of the Year):

VMM-162,  2d MAW


Keith B. McCutcheon Award (Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron of the Year):

HMH-462, 3d MAW


John P. Giguere Award (Marine Light/Attack Helicopter Squadron of the Year):

HMLA-169, 3d MAW


John I. Hudson Award (Marine Unmanned Aircraft Squadron of the Year):

VMU-1, 3d MAW


Donald E. Davis Award (Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron of the Year):

MALS-36, 1st MAW


James E. Hatch Award (Marine Wing Support Squadron of the Year):

MWSS-372, 3d MAW


Edward S. Fris Award (Air Command/Control Squadron of the Year):

MASS-3, 3d MAW


Pete Ross Award (Aviation Safety):

HMLA-369, 3d MAW

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