***  2018  Criteria & Nomination Form   ***
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  • 2017 
    Lt.Col. Mike McFarland
    Chief Master Sergeant Larry Meade
  • 2016
    CMSgt.(Ret) Dennis Haun
    MSgt. John H. “Bubba” Armintrout
  • 2015
    Col (Ret) Joseph Gyulavics
  • 2014
    Lt.Col. (Ret) Ricky J. McMahon
  • 2012
    Col (Ret) Joe Siniscalchi
  • 2011
    Col. (Ret) Mike Cook  –  Lt.Col. (Ret) Max Moore  –  Lt.Col. (Ret) Robb Hoover
  • 2010
    Lt.Col. (Ret) Howard L. “Lynn” Duncan
  • 2009
    Colonel (Retired) William E. “Bill” Ernst
    The 55th Spouses – Past, Present, Future  (click here) 
  • 2008
    Lt.Col. (Ret) Jeffreey Needham
    CMSgt (Ret)  Lawrence Cobb
  • 2007
    Col (Ret) John E. Drost
    Major (Ret) Eddie Mitch Phillips
  • 2006
    Col (Ret) Merlin F. (Steve) Stevens
  • 2005
    LtCol. (Ret) Warren L. “Pappy” ColeMajor (Ret) Thomas “Loose” Lane
  • 2004 
    Crew of RB-50G #47-145 Shot down 29 July 1953 – First Cold War casualties.
    Aircraft Commander: Capt Stanley K. O’Kelly
    Copilot: Capt John E. Roche
    Navigator: Capt Edmund J. Czyz
    Navigator: Capt Lloyd C. Wiggins
    Navigator Capt James G. Keith
    Raven 1: Capt Warren J. Sanderson
    Raven 2: Maj Francisco J. Tejeda
    Raven 3: Capt Robert E. Stalnaker
    Raven 4: Capt John C. Ward
    Raven 6: Capt Frank E. Beyer, Jr.
    Flight Engineer: MSgt Francis L. Brown
    Central Fire Control: SSgt Donald W. Gabree
    Gunner/Radioman: Roland E. Goulet
    Gunner: A2C Charles J. Russell
    Gunner: A2C James E. Woods
    Linguist: SSgt Donald G. Hill
    Linguist: A2C Earl W. Radlein
  • 2003
    LtCol (Ret) Hobart Mattison – Cold War/RB-47 recovery after hostile fire
    LtCol (Ret) Roy Pop Kaden – Cold War RB-50 strat recon pioneer
  • 2002
    Major Willard Palm   Cold War RB-47 shootdown by Soviet fighters 1 July 1960
    Capt Eugene Posa – Cold War RB-47 shootdown by Soviet fighters 1 July 1960
    Capt Dean Phillips – Cold War RB-47 shootdown by Soviet fighters 1 July 1960
    Capt Oscar Goforth – Cold War RB-47 shootdown by Soviet fighters 1 July 1960
     LtCol (Ret) James Taylor – Cold War/RC-135 EWO instructor
  • 2001
    CMSgt (Ret) Jerald Kozlek – Gulf War/Open Skies support
    Col (Ret) William Riggs – Former 55th SRW CC/Cold War/mission transition
  • 2000
    LtGen (Ret) Tom Keck – Former 55th Wing commander
    LtGen (Ret) Phillip Ford – Former Vice CC of STRATCOM
  • 1999    (inaugural awards)
    Col (Ret) Jack Jenkins – WWII former 55th Fighter Group commander 
    MajGen (Ret) Edward Giller – WWII fighter pilot/downed a German Me262
    Major (Ret) Walter Konantz – WWII credited with downing two Me 262s 
    MajGen (Ret) Howard Smith – Cold War/Strat recon pioneer
    LtCol (Ret) Robert Rich –  Cold War RB-50 returned fire on MiG-19
    Col (Ret) Burton Barrett – WWII and Cold War RB-47 pioneer
    Col (Ret) Bruce Olmstead – Cold War (Major Palms copilot)
    Col (Ret) John McKone – Cold War (Major Palms navigator)
    Col Charles Iron Mike Rafferty – Cold War/Cuban missile crisis
    BrigGen (Ret) Regis Urschler – Cold War/Former 55th SRW commander
    Capt Hank Dubuy – Cold War (LtCol Mattisons copilot)
    LtCol (Ret) Harrison Tull – Former Tuskeegee Airman and Cold War
     LtGen (Ret) George Miller – Former 55th SRW CC and Vice CC of SAC
    Col (Ret) Donald White – Former 2ACCS commander/ABNCP operations
    LtGen (Ret) John Sams – Former 1ACCS commander/E-4 operations
    BrigGen (Ret) Larry Mitchell – Former 55th SRW commander/Cold War
    SSgt Ronald King – Killed in Kobar Towers terrorist attack
    Lt Sheila OLear Kirkwood – Desert Shield/Storm RC-135 EWO
    Major Edward Muddy Waters – Outstanding airmanship