2022 MCAA AVIATION AWARD RECIPIENTS

 

The Marine Corps Aviation Association (MCAA) is honored to announce the 2022 MCAA Aviation Award Recipients. These Marines will receive their Awards at the 2022 Symposium in San Diego, California, on 19 May 2022.

Alfred A. Cunningham

Award (Aviator of the Year)

Captain Joshua P. Waldron

VMFA-312, MAG-31, 2D MAW

2022

Robert Guy Robinson

Award (NFO of the Year) 

Captain Luke A. Stephenson

VMFA(AW)-533, MAG-31, 2D MAW

2022

Earle Hattaway

Award (Aviation Ground Officer of the Year) 

Major Sophia E. Funderburk

MWSS-373, MAG-11,3D MAW

2022

Robert F. Gibson

Award (Air Command and Control Officer of the Year)

Major Scott W. Caton

MASS-2, MACG-18, 1ST MAW

2022

Silver Hawk

Award (Earliest Naval Aviation Designation Date)

Lieutenant General Steven R. Rudder 

Commanding General MARFORPAC

2022

Frank E. Petersen

Jr. Award (Flight Student of the Year) 

First Lieutenant Jordan M. Anderson 

HT-28, MATSG-21, TECOM

2022

Danny L. Radish

Award (Enlisted Aircrewman of the Year) 

Sergeant Harrison D. Leneave 

VMM-261, MAG-26, 2D MAW

2022

Willie D. Sproule

Award (Maintenance Marine of the Year) 

Sergeant Alejandro J. Vergeslopez 

MALS-24(-), MAG-24, 1ST MAW

2022

Kenneth W. Southcomb

Award (Aviation Supply Marine of the Year) 

Gunnery Sergeant Jesse L. Hubbard 

MALS-11, MAG-11, 3D MAW

2022

Paul G. Vess

Award (Avionics Marine of the Year) 

Gunnery Sergeant Robert Y. Lee 

VMM-364, MAG-39, 3D MAW

2022

Gaines B. Gilbert

Award (Aviation Ordnance Marine of the Year) 

Staff Sergeant Dustin J. Cheuvront
VMFA(AW)-533, MAG-31, 2D MAW

2022

Kenneth A. Innis

Award (Command and Control Marine of the Year) 

Master Sergeant Kevin W. Haunschild
MACG-28 Det, 24 MEU

2022

Jack W. Demmond

Award (Aviation Ground Marine of the Year) 

Master Sergeant Dustin J. Bert 

MWSS-273, MAG-31, 2D MAW

2022

James E. Nicholson

Award (NCO Leadership) 

Sergeant Alisher A. Tanimura

MALS-13, MAG-13, 3D MAW

2022

Michael A. Hough

Award (Acquisition Excellence) 

Lieutenant Colonel James V. Reynolds

 PMA-274

2022

James Maguire

Award (Exceptional Achievement)

 Sergeant Christian E. Smellie

VMFA-122 MAG-13, 3D MAW

2022

Commandants Aviation Trophy

(Outstanding Performance of a Marine Aviation Squadron or Battalion) 

MACS-2, MACG-28, 2D MAW

2022

Robert M. Hanson

Award (Fighter/Attack Squadron of the Year)

VMFA-211, MAG-13, 3D MAW

2022

Lawson H. M. Sanderson

Award (Attack Squadron of the Year)

 VMA-223, MAG-14, 2D MAW

2022

Henry Wildfang

Award (Aerial/Refueler/Transport Squadron of the Year)

VMGR-352, MAG-11, 3D MAW

2022

Fred McCorkle

Award (Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron of the Year)

 VMM-364, MAG-39, 3D MAW

2022

Keith B. McCutcheon

Award (Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron of the Year)

HMH-465, MAG-16, 3D MAW

2022

John P. Giguere

Award (Marine Light/Attack Helicopter Squadron of the Year)

HMLA-269, MAG-29, 2D MAW

2022

John I. Hudson

Award (Marine Unmanned Aircraft Squadron of the Year)

VMU-2, MAG-14, 2D MAW

Donald E. Davis

Award (Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron of the Year)

MALS-13, MAG-13, 3D MAW

2022

James E. Hatch

Award (Marine Wing Support Squadron of the Year)

MWSS-373, MAG-11, 3D MAW

2022

Edward S. Fris

Award (Air Command/Control Squadron of the Year) 

2d LAAD Bn, MACG-28, 2D MAW

2022

Pete Ross

Award (Aviation Safety)

VMGR-152, MAG-12, 1ST MAW

2022

2021 MCAA AVIATION AWARD RECIPIENTS

Alfred A. Cunningham Award 

Captain Joshua E. Hazeldean

Marine Aviator of the Year 

2021

 

Robert Guy Robinson Award 

Captain James Hernandez

Marine Naval Flight Officer of the Year

2021

Earle Hattaway Award 

First Lieutenant Travis D. Soubie

Marine Aviation Ground Officer of the Year

2021

 

Robert F. Gibson Award 

First Lieutenant Jonathan B. Watkins

Marine Command/Control Officer of the Year

2021

 

Silver Hawk Award 

Lieutenant General Robert F. Hedelund

Commanding General MARFORCOM

2021

 

Frank E. Petersen Jr. Award 

First Lieutenant Douglas J. Haas

Marine Flight Student of the Year

2021

 

Danny L. Radish Award 

Staff Sergeant David Gooden

Enlisted Marine Aircrewman of the Year

2021

 

Willie D. Sproule Award 

Gunnery Sergeant Larry Aldridge

Aviation Maintenance Marine of the Year

2021

Kenneth W. Southcomb Award 

Gunnery Sergeant Monica L. Williams

Aviation Supply Marine of the Year

2021

Paul G. Vess Award

Sergeant Coltrane Dilley

Avionics Marine of the Year

2021

Gaines B. Gilbert Award 

Sergeant Nicholas D. Bedford

Ordnance Marine of the Year

2021

 

Kenneth A. Innis Award 

Staff Sergeant John P. Lukasiewicz

Command/Control Marine of the Year

2021

 

Jack W. Demmond Award 

Staff Sergeant Thomas J. Warren

Aviation Ground Marine of the Year

2021

 

James E. Nicholson Award 

Sergeant Tyshaun J. Brown

Marine Aviation NCO Leadership

2021

 

Michael A. Hough Award 

Major John E. Willett

Acquisition Excellence in Marine Aviation

2021

James Maguire Award 

The Air Crew of RAIDR50

Exceptional Achievement in Marine Aviation

2021

 

Robert M. Hanson Award 

VMFA-323

Marine Fighter/Attack Squadron of the Year

2021

 

Lawson H.M. Sanderson Award 

VMA-214

Marine Attack Squadron of the Year

2021

 

Henry Wildfang Award 

VMGR-152

Marine Aerial/Refueler/Transport Squadron of the Year

2021

 

Fred McCorkle Award 

VMM-161

Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron of the Year

2021

 

Keith B. McCutcheon Award 

HMH-463

Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron of the Year

2021

 

John P. Giguere Award 

HMLA-369

Marine Light/Attack Helicopter Squadron of the Year

2021

John I. Hudson Award 

VMU-1

Marine Unmanned Aircraft Squadron of the Year

2021

Donald E. Davis Award 

MALS-39

Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron of the Year

2021

 

James E. Hatch Award

MWSS-172

Marine Wing Support Squadron of the Year

2021

 

Edward S. Fris Award 

MACS-1

 Marine Air Command/Control Unit of the Year

2021

 

Commandant's Aviation Trophy

VMFA-323

Superior Performance in Marine Aviation

2021

 

Pete Ross Award 

VMFT-401

Marine Aviation Safety

2021

2020 MCAA AVIATION AWARD RECIPIENTS

 

Alfred A. Cunningham Award 

Captain Valerie K. Smith

Marine Aviator of the Year 

2020

 

Robert Guy Robinson Award 

Captain Alexander Betzel

Marine Naval Flight Officer of the Year

2020

Earle Hattaway Award 

Major Calischaran James

Marine Aviation Ground Officer of the Year

2020

 

Robert F. Gibson Award 

Captain Matthew Duncan

Marine Command/Control Officer of the Year

2020

 

Silver Hawk Award 

Lieutenant General Robert F. Hedelund

2020

 

Frank E. Petersen Jr. Award 

First Lieutenant Jody Lamb

Marine Flight Student of the Year

2020

 

Danny L. Radish Award 

Sergeant Cameron D. Colucci

Enlisted Marine Aircrewman of the Year

2020

 

Willie D. Sproule Award 

Sergeant Gage Mohelsky

Aviation Maintenance Marine of the Year

2020

Kenneth W. Southcomb Award 

Gunnery Sergeant Joagensky Dor

Aviation Supply Marine of the Year

2020

Paul G. Vess Award

Sergeant Sean Mahoney

Avionics Marine of the Year

2020

Gaines B. Gilbert Award 

Sergeant John Sagrillo

Ordnance Marine of the Year

2020

 

Kenneth A. Innis Award 

Gunnery Sergeant Tricia Harrell

Command/Control Marine of the Year

2020

 

Jack W. Demmond Award 

Corporal Ashley Hernandez

Aviation Ground Marine of the Year

2020

 

James E. Nicholson Award 

Sergeant Joseph J. McDonnell

Marine Aviation NCO Leadership

2020

 

Michael A. Hough Award 

Major Nathaniel Thayer

Acquisition Excellence in Marine Aviation

2020

James Maguire Award 

Master Gunnery Sergeant Timothy Huber

Exceptional Achievement in Marine Aviation

2020

 

Robert M. Hanson Award 

VMFA-232

Marine Fighter/Attack Squadron of the Year

2020

 

Lawson H.M. Sanderson Award 

VMA-223

Marine Attack Squadron of the Year

2020

 

Henry Wildfang Award 

VMGR-352

Marine Aerial/Refueler/Transport Squadron of the Year

2020

 

Fred McCorkle Award 

VMM-364

Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron of the Year

2020

 

Keith B. McCutcheon Award 

HMH-464

Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron of the Year

2020

 

John P. Giguere Award 

HMLA-169

Marine Light/Attack Helicopter Squadron of the Year

2020

John I. Hudson Award 

VMU-2

Marine Unmanned Aircraft Squadron of the Year

2020

Donald E. Davis Award 

MALS-36

Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron of the Year

2020

 

James E. Hatch Award

MWSS-371

Marine Wing Support Squadron of the Year

2020

 

Edward S. Fris Award 

MASS-2

 Marine Air Command/Control Unit of the Year

2020

 

Commandant's Aviation Trophy

VMM-165

Superior Performance in Marine Aviation

2020

 

Pete Ross Award 

VMGR-152

Marine Aviation Safety

2020