Air Force history award winners announce





Air Force History and Museums Program officials annually recognize excellence in history programs, historical publications and heritage projects, and award commendable work by military and civilian personnel for outstanding performance or achievement, both as individuals or teams.

Two Excellence in Wing History Program Awards recognize historians who have provided superior historical services to their units and have submitted an outstanding periodic history during the past calendar year.

The winner of the Allan S. Major Award is Todd Schroeder. He is from the 47th Fighter Wing History Office at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas.

The Allan S. Major Award recognizes a historian assigned to a single-person history office at the wing or independent group level. Airman 1st Class Allan S. Major was the first enlisted historian killed in the line of duty. He perished in a KC-135 crash at Wake Island on Sept. 24, 1968, while returning to Pease AFB, N. H., from deployed duty at Andersen AFB, Guam.

The John R. Burton Award winners are Dr. John R. Glover and Jeffery S. Michalke. They are with the 1st Special Operations Wing at Hurlburt Field, Fla.

The John R. Burton Award recognizes historians assigned to a wing multi-person history office. Chief Master Sgt. John R. Burton was the first senior enlisted historian for Air Force Systems Command. The Air Force historian later selected him as the first assistant for enlisted program management, responsible for managing enlisted Air Force historians worldwide. Chief Burton held this position from early 1983 through the fall of 1987.

He played a key role in integrating unit historians into Air Force contingency plans. When Operation Desert Shield commenced, Chief Burton was the immediate choice to establish and manage the Central Air Forces history office in Saudi Arabia. He was the only enlisted person to serve as a major command historian. Under his leadership, deployed historians quickly set the standard for collecting and reporting wartime historical data during Operation Desert Storm. This data provided the foundation for post-war studies and reports compiled at all command echelons.

The Robert F. Futrell Award recognizes those who have produced an outstanding publication during the past calendar year.

The winners of the Futrell Award are: Dr. William Head, Warner Robins Air Logistics Center History Office, Robins Air Force Base, Ga., for Shadow and Stinger: Developing the AC-119G/K Gunships in the Vietnam War; Ellery W. Allwork and Kathryn Wilcoxsen, Air Mobility Command History Office, Scott AFB, Ill., for Operation Deep Freeze: 50 Years of U.S. Air Force Airlift in Antarctica; and Michael Dugre, Air Combat Command History Office, Langley AFB, Va., and Yancy Mailes and Master Sgt. Clifford M. Sibley, Mountain Home AFB, Idaho, for The first and Last: America's 911 Wing at War.

Following a brief stint as an Army Air Forces history officer during World War II, Dr. Robert F. Futrell served as an Air Force civilian historian, retiring in 1974 as senior historian at the Albert F. Simpson Historical Research Center at Maxwell AFB, Ala., after a 31-year career.

The Air Force Heritage Award winners are: David Byrd, Fort Meade, Md., for Cold War Heritage Display; The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, for Down in the Weeds: Ranch Hand; and The Air Force Enlisted Heritage Research Institute, Maxwell AFB-Gunter Annex, Ala., for Convoy Truck Display.

"It is with great honor that we recognize the hard work, dedication and commitment to excellence these individuals have shown through their outstanding work," said C.R. Anderegg, the Air Force History and Museums Programs and Policies director at the Pentagon. "I extend my heart-felt thanks to all the historians and curators for their hard work and my warmest congratulations to the award winners."



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