Award Process/Guidelines

Be specific! The more statistics, details, and examples, the better. Highlight environment: i.e., at sea, forward deployed, new aircraft/system, etc. Provide comparative background which makes the nominee’s accomplishments noteworthy: i.e., only individual or only unit to achieve goal, etc. Samples of previously submitted nominations are available, please contact the national office.

Regional Awards

Regional awards winners are selected by each respective Regional President. These awards should be presented to the individuals during appropriate ceremonies usually 90 days prior to the scheduled annual convention date. Regions should ensure maximum possible publicity for Regional Award winners within the Region, in the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and in related industrial internal news organs. Regions may propose additional categories of awards to the National President for consideration by the Board of Directors. One time only awards, applicable to individual Regions may be implemented at the discretion of each Region. Winners will receive recognition in Rotor Review and in the Symposium Program.

National Awards

Each year NHA sponsors several national awards with the winners being chosen from a field of regional award winners. The regional winner's information (copies of nomination form, award citations and other pertinent information) is forwarded to the Vice President for Awards per the timeline indicated in the annual awards message, as soon as praticable, but no later than 60 days prior to Symposium.
 
The National Awards Committee, comprised of the current rotary Commodores, chooses the national winners from the regional pool and the winners are notified . Winners are contacted individually to make arrangements for acceptance of the awards and the Awards Banquet. Individual national awards are sponsored by the corporate members listed below.
 
Please note: Award Nominations should be based on calendar year accomplishments, (1 Jan through 31 Dec).

Single Action Awards

Aircrew of the Year (Deployed)
Sponsored by Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation.
Awarded to the flight crew which accomplished the most notable deployed helicopter mission during the preceding year and demonstrated the most professional airmanship and overall performance as a crew during helicopter operations. 

Aircrew of the Year (Non-Deployed)
Sponsored by Lockheed Martin Systems Integration – Owego.
Awarded to the flight crew which accomplished the most notable non-deployed helicopter mission during the preceding year. and demonstrated the most professional airmanship and overall performance as a crew during helicopter operations.

Rescue Swimmer of the Year 
Sponsored by U.S. Divers.
Awarded to an enlisted Rescue Swimmer who accomplished the most notable rescue mission during the year. 

Sustained Performance Awards

Pilot of the Year 
Sponsored by Rolls Royce Corporation.
Awarded to the pilot who throughout the year has consistently demonstrated superior aeronautical ability and performance in his/her assigned billet. 

Shipboard Helicopter Pilot of the Year 
Sponsored by Raytheon.
Awarded to a pilot on his/her first disassociated sea tour in the rank of O-4 and below who has consistently demonstrated superior performance in his/her assigned duties while serving in a ship’s company or embarked staff billet. 

Fleet Instructor Pilot of the Year:
Sponsored by L3 Communications /D.P. Associates Inc.
Awarded to a FRS or Weapons School pilot who has consistently demonstrated superior aeronautical ability and performance in his/her assigned flying billet. 

Training Command Pilot of the Year
Sponsored by L3 Communications /Vertex Aerospace.
Awarded to a Training Command instructor pilot who has consistently demonstrated superior aeronautical ability and performance in his/her assigned flying billet.

Aircrew Instructor of the Year 
Sponsored by L3 Communications /D.P. Associates Inc.
Awarded to the enlisted aircrew instructor who has consistently demonstrated superior aeronautical ability and performance in his/her assigned flying billet. 

Aircrewman of the Year
Sponsored by L3 Communications /Ocean Systems.
Awarded to the enlisted aircrewman whose performance throughout the year has consistently demonstrated superior aeronautical ability and performance in his/her assigned billet. 

Maintenance Officer of the Year
Sponsored by BAE Systems.
Awarded to the unit Maintenance Officer assigned to the unit’s Maintenance Department whose dedication and effort have significantly improved his/her command’s ability to perform its mission. 

Maintenance Chief Petty Officer/Petty Officer (E-6 — E-9) of the Year
Sponsored by BAE Systems.
Awarded to a Chief Petty Officer/Petty Officer First Class assigned to a unit’s Maintenance Department whose dedication and effort have significantly increased their command’s ability to perform its mission. 

Maintenance Enlisted Person (E-5 or Below) of the Year
Sponsored by Breeze-Eastern.
Awarded to an enlisted person (E-5 or Below) assigned to a unit’s Maintenance Department whose dedication and effort have significantly increased his/her command’s ability to perform its mission.  

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