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Robert E. Mitchell Lifetime Achievement Award

The Robert E. Mitchell Award was initiated in 1996 in honor of Captain Robert E. Mitchell, MC, USN for his 43 years of exemplary Naval service and numerous contributions to Naval Aerospace Medicine. Captain Mitchell is best known for his contributions to two long-term aeromedical research projects: the "Thousand Aviators" study and the "Repatriated Prisoner of Wars" study. This award is designated to recognize an emeritus Naval Flight Surgeon for their career contributions to promoting and advancing the knowledge and science of aerospace and operational medicine.



2023  CAPT (Ret.) Kris M. Belland

2022  CAPT G. Merrill Rice

2021  CAPT Edwin Y. Park

2019  CAPT Walter W. Dalitsch

2018  CAPT (Ret.) William A. McDonald

2017  CAPT (Ret.) Charles Reese

2016  CAPT Jay S. Dudley (posthumously awarded)

2015  CAPT Richard A. Beane

2014  CAPT Nick Davenport

2013  CAPT (Ret.) J. R. Heil

2011  CAPT (Ret.) Fanancy L. Anzalone

2010  CAPT (Ret.) James C. Baker

2009  CAPT Henry Porter

2008  CAPT James R. Fraser

2006  CAPT (Ret.) E. J. Sacks                          

2005  CDR Jay Phelan

2004  CAPT (Ret.) Terrence Riley

2003  CAPT (Ret.) E. J. Sacks,

2002  CAPT (Ret.) Conrad I. Dalton

2001  not awarded               

2000  CAPT (Ret.) Charles H. Bercier, Jr.

1999  RADM (Ret.) Daniel B. Lestage

1998  CAPT (Ret.) Frank E. Dully

1997  CAPT (Ret.) Frank H. Austin, Jr.

1996  CAPT (Ret.) Robert E. Mitchell


Richard E. Luehrs Award for Operational Flight Surgeon of the Year

The Luehrs Award is the longest running award sponsored by the Society. It was initiated in 1975 in honor of Captain Richard E. Luehrs, MC, USN. Dr. Luehrs is a legend in the Naval Aeromedical community. His career spanned 32 years of exemplary service ending in his untimely death in 1974. The Luehrs Award is given annually to recognize outstanding performance in operational aviation medicine practice by a first or second tour Naval Flight Surgeon of the rank of Lieutenant or Lieutenant Commander. Selection is based on leadership qualities, dedication, initiative, resourcefulness and industry in carrying out their duties with the operational forces.



2022  LT Colin Johnson

2021  LT Phillipe Warren

2020  LT Yusof Becker

2019  LT Erik A. Kumetz

2018  LT Alicia McClintock

2017  LT Katherine Lee

2016  LT Matthew T. Hall

2015  LT Alyson Brinker

2014  LCDR Mark Debuse

2013  LCDR Wayne Burr

2006  LCDR Miguel Aguilera

2005  LCDR Sarah Arnold

2004  LT Michael W. Nielsen

2003  LT Christopher H. Way

2002  LT Christopher B. Chisholm

2001  LT Sean Barbabella

2000  LT Alfred Shwayhat

1999  LT Sean Murphy

1998  LT Troy Anderson

1997  LT William Todd III

1996  LT William Baugh

1995  LT Barth Merrill

1994  LT Joseph Shaughnessy

1993  LT Kris Belland

1992  LT Gregory Polston

1991  LCDR Glenn Merchant

1990  CDR Joel Lees

1989  LCDR Daniel Carucci

1988  LCDR Charles Brady, Jr.

1987  LCDR David Brown

1986  LCDR Ivan Peacock

1985  CDR Harold Howell

1984  LT Arthur Kelleher

1983  LCDR Steven Hart

1982  LT James Terbush

1981  LT Jerry Rose

1980  LT Thomas Daniel

1979  LCDR Ed Ellenbeck

1978  LCDR Bruce Johnson

1977  LT Willis Martin

1976  LT Wayne Judson

1975  LCDR John Randolph


Captain Bruce W. Jackson Award for Reserve Flight Surgeon of the Year

The Bruce W. Jackson Award, begun in 1999, is given annually in recognition of outstanding contributions to the practice of aerospace medicine as a Reservist and service to those Sailors and Marines that depend on their Flight Surgeon for their health and safety in peacetime and in war.



2022  CDR Jennifer A. Murr

2021  CDR Lance L. Davis

2020  CDR Jennifer A. Murr

2019  CAPT Billy R. Ledbetter

2018  CDR Joseph E. Allen

2017  LCDR Jason Guillian

2016  CDR Frank Villamaria

2015  not awarded

2014  CAPT Homas R. Flipse

2012  CAPT Michael J. MacDonald

2007  CAPT Joseph P. Dervay     

2006  CDR Mark G. Hoffman                  

2005  not awarded              

2004  not awarded              

2003  CAPT John A. McGurty

2002  CDR Daniel H. Serrato

2001  not awarded              

2000  CAPT Guillermo Salazar

1999  RADM (Ret.) James R. Fowler


Sonny Carter Memorial Award

The Sonny Carter Memorial Award was instituted in 1993 in memory of Captain Manley Lanier "Sonny" Carter, Jr., MC, USN. The award recognizes the Medical Corps or Medical Service Corps Officer who has made the most significant contribution towards improving the health, safety, and welfare of operational forces by promoting communication and teamwork among the aeromedical communities. Before his death in 1992, Sonny Carter was a legend in Aerospace Medicine. As a Naval Officer, Naval Aviator, Flight Surgeon, and member of the Astronaut Corps, he was respected for his technical abilities, energy, and dedication to his profession, and probably most of all, for his ability to inspire others. The Sonny Carter Award recipient is judged not only on accomplishments in the last year but also on a career history of aeromedical community involvement. Criteria for selection include: resourcefulness and dedication in promoting and accomplishing operational medical support; demonstrated leadership in forming and promoting teamwork among the various aeromedical specialties; demonstrated professionalism, integrity, unselfishness and respect for all aeromedical communities; demonstrated communication skills, and embodiment of the spirit of cooperation.



2023  CAPT Alfred F. Shwayhat

2022  CAPT Paul J. DeMieri

2021  CDR Allen Hoffman

2020  LT Michael Natali

2018  CAPT Matthew Rings

2017  CAPT Cliff Blumenberg

2016  not awarded

2015  LCDR Daniel L. Immeker

2014  LT Todd A. Anderson

2006  CDR William D. Agerton

2005  LT Matthew Lawrence

2004  LT Kenneth J. Moses

2003  CDR Gale G. Goyins

2002  CDR John J. Lee

2001  LT Alexander S. Brough

2000  CDR Kris M. Belland

1999  CDR P. Glenn Merchant

1998  CAPT Donald C. Arthur

1997  LT Jeffrey M. Andrews

1996  not awarded

1995  LT Marva L. Wheeler


Ashton Graybiel Award

The Ashton Graybiel Award was initiated in 1991 in honor of Captain Ashton Graybiel, MC, USN, who pioneered aviation medicine research. Dr. Graybiel served as Director of Naval Research for the Naval School of Aviation Medicine and Research. He provided consultation for many experiments undertaken by the school and was an acknowledged expert in the field of cardiovascular medicine. His work included the development of electrocardiographic techniques, experimentation with flight disorientation, studies on the physiological effects of altitude on humans, and work with the "Thousand Aviators Study." He is affectionately referred to as the "Father of Naval Aerospace Medical Research." This award is given annually to recognize outstanding contributions to the medical literature by members of the Society of U.S. Naval Flight Surgeons in support of some operational issue in Aerospace Medicine that has made a significant contribution with promise of long-term impact on the health and safety of aviation. Eligible recipients of this award have conducted or have been involved in an original research project and their papers published within the past year. By convention, only those papers published in Aviation, Space and Environmental Medicine are considered, unless the awards committee is made award of papers published elsewhere.



2023  LCDR James B. Walsh

2022  LCDR Sadie M. Henry

2021  LT Alicia C. Smith

2019  not awarded

2018  Dr. Charles A. DeJohn

2017  Dr. Lincoln G. Ropp

2016  CDR Thomas E. Sather

2015  LCDR Michael B. Prudhomme

2014  LCDR Sarah Blythe-Ballard

2006  LCDR Merrill G. Rice

2005  LCDR David M. DeLonga

2004  not awarded

2003  LCDR Merrill G. Rice

2002  LCDR Eric Bower

2001  CDR David G. McGowan

2000  CDR Jennifer Berg / CDR Jeffrey L. Moore

1999  MAJ Carl M. Walker

1998  CDR (Ret.) Victoria M. Voge

1997  CDR Elwood W. Hopkins III

1996  not awarded

1995  CAPT Nader K. Takla

1994  CDR Michael H. Mittleman

1993  not awarded

1992  Jonathan Bailey Clark


Cornelius N. "Fritz" Koppy-John R. "Rick" Garmeson Aerospace Medicine Technician (AVT) of the Year Award

The Cornelius N. "Fritz" Koppy-John R. "Rick" Garmeson Aerospace Medicine Technician (AVT) of the Year Award is presented to the outstanding AVT of the year. Beginning in 2020, separate Senior and Junior AVT Awards are given.



2022  Senior Award: HM1 Christopher Viers / Junior Award: HM3 Elyana Randles

2021  Senior Award: HM1 Robert Harbaugh / Junior Award: HM3 Tu Tran

2020  Senior Award: HM1 Marilyn McCormick / Junior Award: HM3 Roshelle Hodges

2019  HN Diega E. Magana

2018  HM2 Frederick Turner

2017  HM1 Omar A. Garcia

2016  HM1 Diana M. Jucutan

2015  HM1 Dishern D. Tucker

2014  HM1 Merly Maltezo

2005  Lawrence Comdeco

2004  HM1 Webster F. Nicholson

2003  HM1 Judy K. Tarpley

2002  HM3 Jason J. Legare

2001  HM1 Michael G. Stahl


Master Chief Robert Edward Brown Search and Rescue Medical Technician (SMT) of the Year Award

The Master Chief Robert Edward Brown Search and Rescue Medical Technician (SMT) of the Year Award is presented to the outstanding SMT of the year. This award is new beginning in 2022.



2022  HM1 Blake Campbell


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