ROTC Awards Celebrate Academic Excellence, Leadership
The AFCEA Educational Foundation’s ROTC Commissioning Awards, established in 1991, recognize
an ROTC graduate in each service for distinguished
academic achievement in command, control, communications, computers and intelligence (C4I) fields.
Cadet Joel Whitehead (l) receives the AFCEA Army ROTC
Clock from Lt. Col. Jackie McDowell, USA, professor of
military science, Middle Tennessee State University.
In the Air Force and Navy ROTC programs, the top
graduating cadet and midshipman in electrical engineering or communication sciences each receive an award.
The Maj. Gen. Robert E. Sadler, USAF, Honor Award is presented to
Cadet Trevor H. Williams (r) in April at Mississippi State University.
Cadet Jacob Goodwin (l),
U.S. Air Force Academy,
receives the Lt. Gen. Gordon T. Gould Jr., USAF,
Honor Award from Col.
Robert Wright, USAF
(Ret.). This commissioning
award at the Air Force
Academy was named
after Gen. Gould in 1983.
He was an electronics
engineer who graduated
from the U.S. Military
Academy in 1941 and was
instrumental in enhancing the communications
career field, giving it the
recognition it deserved.
AFCEA’s Tampa-St. Petersburg Pelican Chapter President, Col. John
McLaughlin, USA (r), and Chief Master Sgt. Robert Register, USAF, present
Cadet Savannah Wheeler with the AFCEA ROTC Honor Award. She is a
junior majoring in computer science at the University of South Florida.
The award recognizes achievement in leadership and academics by ROTC
cadets and midshipmen. Recipients are required to be in their junior
year and are selected by professors of military science, naval science or
aerospace studies in accordance with service department regulations.
Cadet Paige Michele
Ziegler (l), Embry-Riddle
receives an AFCEA ROTC
scholarship from Jason
Irving, vice president of
scholarships for AFCEA’s
Chapter. The foundation’s
ranging from $2,000 to
$3,000 each, go to
full-time students in a
In the Army ROTC program, an award is presented
to a newly commissioned officer entering the Signal
Corps who is ranked first among cadets nationally.
The award is an engraved Chelsea Presidential Clock.