Founded in 1962, MCAA's awards program is now the largest aviation-based award program in the country & at the core of the MCAA mission. Our 28 awards span the spectrum of Marine aviation & recognize Marines of all ranks who are nominated by their superiors & vetted through Headquarters Marine Corps. Each MCAA award is named in honor of a Marine who made noteworthy contributions in their field. Two additional prestigious awards are the Commandant’s Aviation Award & the Silver Hawk Award. 


We are proud to be a part of Marine Corps aviation history in the making as our young warriors forge a path of success for our nation, & humbled by their accomplishments and humility.


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

Captain George W. Carpenter


Robert Guy Robinson Award (Marine Naval Flight Officer of the Year)

Captain Daniel L. Jewett

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

Captain Zachary V. Smith


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

Major Chad E. Troyer


Silver Hawk Award (Marine Aviator with the Earliest Designation Date)

Lieutenant General Robert F. Hedelund


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

First Lieutenant Emilee N. Johnson


Danny L. Radish Award (Enlisted Aircrew of the Year)

Sergeant Derek A. Levi


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

Staff Sergeant Nicholas J. Harrel

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

Master Sergeant Edgard J. Norori

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

Corporal Kyle M. LeClair


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

Sergeant Christopher J. Borghese


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

Corporal Colton R. Vaughan


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

Staff Sergeant Marcus Penate


James E. Nicholson Award (Noncommissioned Marine Officer Leadership)

Gunnery Sergeant Rodger K. Bond


Michael A. Hough Award (Acquisition Excellence in Marine Aviation)

Gunnery Sergeant Nathan J. Marple

James Maguire Award (Exceptional Achievement in Marine Aviation)

Gunnery Sergeant Michael L. Felton


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



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



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



Royal N. Moore Award (Marine Electronic Warfare Squadron of the Year)



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



John I. Hudson Award (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron of the Year)



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



John P. Guiguere Award (Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron of the Year)



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



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



Edward S. Fris Award (Marine Air Command and Control Squadron of the Year)



Commandant's Aviation Award (Superior Performance in Marine Aviation)



Pete Ross Award (Marine Aviation Safety)


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