AFA Announces the 2013 Spring Pitsenbarger Award Recipients

Jun 13, 2013, 11:41 ET from Air Force Association

ARLINGTON, Va., June 13, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Air Force Association today announced the spring recipients of the 2013 Pitsenbarger Awards.  AFA Pitsenbarger Awards provide a one-time grant of $400 to selected top USAF enlisted personnel graduating from the Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) who plan to pursue a baccalaureate degree. The grants coincide with the CCAF graduation ceremonies held each spring and fall.

The award is named for William H. Pitsenbarger, an Airman First Class who gave his life in Vietnam defending his comrades. For his heroism, he was posthumously awarded the Air Force Cross on June 30, 1966, which was upgraded to the Medal of Honor in 2000.

"The Pitsenbarger Award is given based on distinguished activity that encompasses great leadership, scholastic achievement, education goals, and job performance," said George Muellner, AFA Chairman of the Board. "Each applicant also requires an endorsement from their Commander. This year's recipients symbolize the best of the best, and AFA is proud to support their continued pursuit of higher education."

A list of the 2013 Pitsenbarger Award recipients can be found here.

"These Airmen have demonstrated great scholastic achievement thus far in their careers," said Jerry White, AFA Vice Chairman of the Board for Aerospace Education. "Education is one of AFA's top priorities, and we are pleased to award the efforts of these Airmen as they pursue their educational goals in addition to their service responsibilities."

For more information, contact Lynette Cross at 703-247-5800, ext 4807 or

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  • EDUCATE the public on the critical need for unmatched aerospace power and a technically superior workforce to ensure U.S. national security.
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