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Booklet 104 – Honours & Awards (2016)

 

                                                                    FOREWORD

 Associations are like venues in which members gather to share their common identity and experiences. The Royal Canadian Air Force Association is no different. Thousands of Canadians with aerospace-related experiences and interests choose to become members of Wings in their communities and many others become Members-at-Large. Together our members share at least one thing in common: a commitment to doing something that helps their community.

This motivation, and the fact that our members are all volunteers, calls for us from time to time to recognize those who make significant contributions, especially those who serve as a sterling

example for others. This Booklet describes various ways of recognizing volunteers who have contributed in a significant way, as well as those serving in Canada’s civilian and military aerospace spheres, who make significant operational and other contributions to our nation. Taking the time to acknowledge the contributions made by these dedicated Canadians is the least we can do to enhance our Association, our Air Force and our country.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

ROYAL CANADIAN AIR FORCE ASSOCIATION

NATIONAL HONOURS AND AWARDS

 

Part Subject Page Paras
       
Part  1

General

 

   
1 Short Terms, Abbreviations and Definitions    
2 General Information    
3 National Awards Committee    
4 Nomination Process – Members of the Association    
5 Nomination Process – Awards Administered by Groups    
6 Nomination Process – RCAF Units and Members    
7 Nomination Process – Civilian and Hybrid Awards    
       
Part 2

National Merit Awards

 

   
1 Meritorious Service Award (MSA)    
2 Distinguished Service Award (DSA)    
3 Order of Excellence (OoE)    
4 Long Service Award (LSA)    
5 Member of the Year Award (Len Baldock Award)    
6 Wing of the Year Award    
     

 

 

 

 

Part Subject Page

Paras

 

Part 3

Awards Administered by Groups

 

   
1 Award of Merit    
2 Award of Distinction    
       
Part 4

Awards to RCAF Units and Members

 

   
1 AM W.A. Bishop, VC Memorial Trophy    
2 Mynarski Trophy    
3 AM C.R. Slemon Award    
4 Golden Hawks Trophy    
5 F/L D.M, Grant Award    
       
Part 5

 Civilian and Hybrid Awards

 

   
1 Gordon R. McGregor Memorial Trophy    
2 J.A.D. McCurdy Trophy    
3 NORAD Trophy    
       
Part 6

Miscellaneous Awards

 

   
1 Life Membership Award    
2 AM W.A. Curtis Award    
3 National President’s Award    
4 Group Efficiency Award    
5 408/437 Wing Award    
6 Wing Bulletin Award    
7 Continuous Service Badges    
8 Joe Shkwarek Plaque    
9 Christina Handler Memorial Award    
       
Annexes      
A Award Nominations Worksheet    
B Award Nomination Format    

 

ROYAL CANADIAN AIR FORCE ASSOCIATION

NATIONAL HONOURS AND AWARDS INSTRUCTIONS

PART 1 – GENERAL

Section 1: Short Terms, Abbreviations and Definitions 

1.01     The following short terms, abbreviations and definitions apply to this booklet:

  1. i) The name of the association is the “Royal Canadian Air Force Association”. The short term is the “RCAF Association”. The abbreviation “RCAFA” may be utilized within a paragraph if required for brevity;

 

  1. ii) “Association” shall mean the Royal Canadian Air Force Association;

 

iii)        “Association Meeting” shall mean a General Meeting of the Royal Canadian Air Force Association;

 

  1. iv) Use of a masculine or feminine term shall be interpreted as interchangeable;

 

  1. v) “NEC” where used shall mean the National Executive Council; and

 

  1. vi) “Committee” used alone shall mean the National Honours and Awards Committee.

(1.02 to 2.00 inclusive, not allocated)

Section 2: General Information

2.01     This booklet outlines the National Honours and Awards process used to annually recognize deserving Wings, members of the Association and other members of the Canadian aviation community who the Association chooses to honour. The Association’s National awards serve three main purposes:

  1. i) They recognize the efforts of volunteers who contribute in significant ways to making the RCAF Association a strong and valuable national organization;
  2. ii) They honour the contributions being made to the safety, security and well-being of Canadians and others by members of the RCAF serving at home and abroad; and

iii)        They support the efforts of Canadians who are working to keep our aviation sector vibrant and to preserve Canada’s rich aviation history and heritage.

2.02     The National Honours and Awards that are available to Association members and others are described in Parts 2 through 5 of this booklet. The National Executive Council retains sole authority over the development of and amendment to awards and their selection criteria and is responsible for arbitrating any disputes that may from time to time arise.

2.03     All of the Association’s National Honours and Awards will normally be presented each year. However, if, in the opinion of the National Honours and Awards Committee, no suitable candidates have been recommended for an award, the Committee may recommend to the National President that its presentation be withheld.

2.04     Where trophies are involved, the recipient shall be entitled to hold the trophy for nine months from the date of presentation and shall be provided with a suitable keeper plaque at the time of presentation.

2.05     The cost of all awards shall be borne by the Association.

(2.06 to 3.00 inclusive, not allocated)

Section 3: National Honours and Awards Committee

3.01     The National Honours and Awards Committee will be comprised as follows:

  1. i) Chair: Honourary National President;

 

  1. ii) Members:
  2. a) National President,
  3. b) National Vice President, and
  4. c) Honest Broker (appointed by the NEC); and

 

iii)        Secretary: Executive Director (ex-officio member).

 

3.02     In no case may a person nominated for a National Award be permitted to be a member of the Committee during a year in which he or she is nominated.

 

(3.03 to 4.00 inclusive, not allocated)

 

Section 4: Nomination and Approval Process – Members of the Association

 

4.01     The nomination of potential candidates for the Association’s various awards may be made by any individual, Wing or Group that wishes to propose a candidate. All recommendations shall be submitted to the Secretary of the National Awards Committee at NHQ on or before July 1st of each year and shall contain a fully detailed and substantiated statement of the achievement or achievements that prompted the recommendation. All nominations, at all levels, shall be held in confidence until the selection process has been completed.

 

4.02     Honours and awards nominations for Association members from Wings will normally accompany Wing Annual Reports which are forwarded to NHQ Ottawa for processing each year during the May to July time-frame.

 

4.03     The Committee Secretary shall collate all nominations for the following awards:

 

  1. i) The Meritorious Service Award (MSA);

 

  1. ii) The Distinguished Service Award (DSA);

 

iii)        The Order of Excellence;

 

  1. iv) The Long Service Award (LSA);

 

  1. v) The Member of the Year Award (Len Baldock Memorial); and

 

  1. vi) The Wing of the Year Award.

 

4.04     The Committee Secretary shall electronically distribute scanned copies of the nominations to the National H&A committee along with a completed Awards Nominations Worksheet (see Annex A). Once this information has been received, the following process will be followed:

 

  1. i) The Chair will confirm Committee Members have received the documentation and provide any additional direction that may be required, including when initial inputs are to be submitted;

 

  1. ii) Individual Committee Members will examine the nominations against the criteria and provide the Chair with a completed Awards Nominations Worksheet indicating their ranking of the various candidates;

 

iii)        The Chair will collate the inputs and, if required, re-poll Committee Members to resolve any differences that may exist;

 

  1. iv) Once a consensus has been reached regarding the ranking of nominations, the Chair will forward a consolidated input to the National President for his information and approval;

 

  1. v) The National President will forward the approved list of nominees to the Executive Director who will ensure the preparation of trophies, plaques and scrolls for presentation at the Annual General Meeting. During years where there is no physical AGM, arrangements will be made to present trophies and awards at other suitable venues; and

 

  1. vi) The Executive Director will prepare a letter for the National President to send to NEC members, Group and Wing Presidents and others for their use in ensuring all recipients are appropriately notified.

 

4.05     The Committee Secretary is also responsible for collating and verifying nominations received for awards outlined in Part 6 of this Booklet. However, since recipients of these awards are selected based only on records and statistics maintained at NHQ, there is no requirement for them to be considered by the National Honours and Awards Committee.

 

(4.06 to 5.00 inclusive, not allocated)

 

Section 5:  Nomination and Approval Process – Awards Administered by Groups

 

5.01     The Association has two Awards that are categorized as ‘National’ but which, for reasons of efficiency, are administered by the Groups. These awards are:

 

  1. i) The Award of Merit; and

 

  1. ii) The Award of Distinction.

 

5.02     Nominations for the Award of Merit and the Award of Distinction will be staffed as per the process outlined above except that they will not be passed on to NHQ for consideration by the National Honours and Awards Committee. Rather, nominations for these awards will be evaluated using a process established by the applicable Group and NHQ advised of winners once this process is complete.

 

(5.03 to 6.0 inclusive, not allocated)

 

Section 6:  Nomination and Approval Process – RCAF Units and Members

 

6.01     Recommendations for Association awards that are given to RCAF units and individuals are staffed entirely by the RCAF. These awards are:

 

  1. i) The Air Marshall W.A. Bishop, VC Memorial Trophy;

 

  1. ii) The Mynarski Trophy;

 

iii)        The Air Marshall C.R. Slemon Award;

 

  1. iv) The Golden Hawks Trophy; and

 

  1. v) The Flight Lieutenant D.M. Grant Award;

 

6.02     The Committee Secretary/Executive Director will liaise directly with the RCAF Air Staff member responsible for the Awards Program in the spring of each year to coordinate staffing and funding issues (the RCAF may provide some funding to support the award process). Once the RCAF has developed a list of their proposed recipients, they will provide this information to the Executive Director in sufficient time for trophies, plaques and scrolls to be prepared.

 

6.03     Once award winners have been determined, the Executive Director will prepare a letter for the National President to send to the Commander RCAF, NEC members and Group and Wing Presidents for their information or action as required.

 

6.04     The National President and a senior serving officer of the RCAF (preferably the Commander) will normally present trophies etc to RCAF units and individuals at the Association’s Annual General Meeting. During years where there is no physical AGM, arrangements will be made to have these trophies and awards presented at other suitable venues.

 

(6.05 to 7.00 inclusive, not allocated)

 

 

Section 7:  Nomination and Approval Process – Civilian and Hybrid Awards

 

7.01     There are three Association Awards intended for presentation to civilians or to either civilians or military members. These awards are:

 

  1. i) The Gordon R. McGregor Memorial Trophy;

 

  1. ii) The J.A.D. McCurdy Trophy; and

 

iii)        The NORAD Trophy.

 

7.02     Requests for nominations for the Gordon R. McGregor (air transportation) Memorial Trophy will be sought through contact with:

 

  1. i) For military members or units, the Commander of the RCAF; and

 

  1. ii) For civilians, with the Air Transport Association of Canada.

 

7.03     Requests for nominations for the J.A.D. McCurdy Trophy (civil aviation) will be sought through contact with the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC) who will be asked to forward information on nominees in the same format and on the same timeline as used by other nominating organizations. Nominations may also be submitted by Wings, Groups, the NEC and individual members (including Members-At-Large).TBD

 

7.04     Requests for nominations for the NORAD Trophy (preservation of Canadian aviation history) will be sought through contact with Canadian Aeronautical Preservation Association (CAPA) who will be asked to forward information on nominees in the same format as used by other nominating organizations. Nominations may also be submitted by Wings, Groups, the NEC, the RCAF and individual members (including Members-At-Large). TBD

 

7.05     Nominations for these Awards will be included on the Awards Nominations Worksheet and the Committee will be provided all supporting documentation. The Committee will consider the relative merits of the competing nominations and recommend award winners to the National President as part of its overall findings.

 

(7.06 to 8.00 inclusive, not allocated)

 

 

 

PART 2 – NATIONAL MERIT AWARDS

 

Section 1: Meritorious Service Award

 

1.01     The Meritorious Service Award is the fourth highest award of the Association, awarded to members in recognition and appreciation of their outstanding meritorious service.  No more than six awards may be confirmed in any annual meeting year.

 

1.02     The purpose of the award, which shall be a special plaque, is as follows:

 

“IN RECOGNITION AND APPRECIATION OF MERITORIOUS

SERVICE TO THE ASSOCIATION”

 

1.03     Any Association member who demonstrates dedication, attention to duty and commitment to the Association may be considered for this award.

 

1.04     Nominations for this award may be made annually by:

 

  1. i) Wing Presidents, with the approval of a regularly constituted meeting of the Wing Executive Council;

 

  1. ii) Group Presidents, at the NEC mid-term meeting; and

 

iii)        The National Executive Council at their mid-term meeting.

 

1.05     All nominations shall be submitted in writing and contain a substantiated statement of the service which prompted the nomination.  The submission shall include a narrative suitable for reading at the presentation, not to exceed one page.  The submission shall also include a statement by the nominating body to indicate the acceptability of a lesser award for the nominee (if appropriate).  Refer to Annex B for nomination format.

 

(1.06 to 2.00 inclusive, not allocated)

 

Section 2: Distinguished Service Award

 

2.01     The Distinguished Service Award is the third highest award of the Association and is awarded to individuals in recognition and appreciation for distinguished service.  No more than two awards may be confirmed in any one meeting year.

 

 

 

 

2.02     The purpose of the award, which shall be a framed scroll, is:

 

“IN RECOGNITION AND APPRECIATION OF DISTINGUISHED SERVICE

TO THE ASSOCIATION.”

 

2.03     Any Member of the Association or any Canadian citizen of excellent character who has rendered unique and distinguished service to the Association or to Canadian aviation in general, may be eligible for this award. In the case of Association Members, they normally will have already been presented with the Meritorious Service Award.

 

2.04     Nominations for this award may be made annually by:

 

  1. i) Wing Presidents, with the approval of a regularly constituted meeting of the Wing Executive Council;

 

  1. ii) Group Presidents, at the NEC mid-term meeting; and

 

iii)        The National Executive Council at their mid-term meeting.

 

2.05     All nominations shall be submitted in writing and contain a substantiated statement of the service which prompted the nomination.  The submission shall include a narrative suitable for reading at the presentation, not to exceed one page.  The submission shall also include a statement by the nominating body to indicate the acceptability of a lesser award for the nominee (if appropriate).  Refer to Annex B for nomination format.

 

(2.06 to 3.00 inclusive, not allocated)

 

Section 3: Order of Excellence

 

3.01     The Order of Excellence is the Association’s highest award, to be presented to Members

held in the highest esteem by their fellow members in recognition of their continuing outstanding service to the Association, their community and their country. No more than 10 members are authorized to wear the Order of Excellence at any one time.

 

3.02     The Order of Excellence is bestowed upon a limited number of Members in recognition of and appreciation for service of the highest quality. This service would normally qualify for recognition as distinguished and/or meritorious but, because the Member will likely already have received these awards, he or she is deemed to be eligible for the Order of Excellence.

 

3.03     Members of the Association previously awarded any two of the Meritorious Service Award, Distinguished Service Award or Long Service Award (previously the Life Membership [Honorary] Award) and whose steadfast service to community and country continues to bring significant benefit and credit to the RCAF Association are deemed most eligible. Notwithstanding, in unusual circumstances, the Association may recommend someone for the award even though they may not have previously received any of the aforementioned awards.

 

3.03     Nominations for this award may be made annually by:

 

  1. i) Wing Presidents, with the approval of a regularly constituted meeting of the Wing Executive Council;

 

  1. ii) Group Presidents, at a meeting of the NEC; and

 

iii)        The NEC at any time.

 

3.04     All nominations shall be submitted in writing and contain a substantiated statement of the service which prompted the nomination.  The submission shall include a narrative suitable for reading at the presentation, not to exceed one page.  The submission shall also contain information concerning a nominee’s previous awards.

 

3.05     The Order of Excellence Medallion is designed to be worn as shown in Figure 1 (below), with the ribbon worn under the collar and shortened so as to suspend the medallion level with other medals being worn. The medallion is only worn with ceremonial dress (i.e., when association dress and medals are being worn).

 

3.06     The Order of Excellence bar may be worn with the medallion or on its own pinned below the blazer badge on the left breast pocket. The bar, shown in Figure 2, should be worn below any military or Veterans’ Affairs commendations (MVA, MND, CDS, Comd RCAF etc) but should be worn above the Association’s Long Service Award (previously Life Membership Award [Honorary]).

 

 

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(3.07 to 4.00 inclusive, not allocated)

 

 

Section 4 – Long Service Award

 

4.01     The Long Service Award (previously the Life Membership Award [Honorary]) is awarded to deserving members in recognition and appreciation of outstanding, long and faithful service to the Association. Behind the Order of Excellence, this is the Association’s second most prestigious award for individuals. Any regular  member  of  the  Association  who  has  rendered  outstanding  and  faithful service for a period of not less than twenty continuous years is eligible for this award. No more than four awards may be confirmed in any one meeting year.

 

4.02     The purpose of the award, which shall be an AFAC plaque, life membership card, blazer badge and lapel pin is as follows:

 

“IN RECOGNITION AND APPRECIATION FOR OUTSTANDING,

LONG AND FAITHFUL SERVICE TO THE ASSOCIATION.”

 

4.03     Nominations for this award may be made annually by:

 

  1. i) Wing Presidents, with the approval of a regularly constituted meeting of the Wing Executive Council;

 

  1. ii) Group Presidents, at a meeting of the NEC; and

 

iii)        The NEC at any time.

 

(4.04 to 5.00 inclusive, not allocated)

 

Section 5 – Member of the Year Award (Len Baldock Award)

 

5.01     The Len Baldock Award is named after Past National President, Len Baldock, of 412 Wing, Windsor, Ontario and is referred to as the RCAF Association’s Member of the Year Award.

 

5.02     The purpose of the award, which shall be a plaque affixed with a Canadian Armed Forces badge and inscribed to indicate “Member of the Year”, honours the performance of one whose skill, enthusiasm, inspiration, direction or leadership in Association activities has been well above the ordinary.  It recognizes the achievements of individuals whose influence has been beneficial, either directly or indirectly, to the national body of the Association.

 

5.03     All regular members of the Association are eligible for consideration for this award. The award may acknowledge either superior performance throughout the year in which the award is presented and/or continuous outstanding performance over a longer period.

 

 

 

5.04     Nominations for this award may be made annually by:

 

  1. i) Wing Presidents, with the approval of a regularly constituted meeting of the Wing Executive Council;

 

  1. ii) Group Presidents, at a meeting of the NEC; and

 

iii)        The NEC at any time.

 

(5.04 to 6.00 inclusive, not allocated)

 

Section 6 – Wing of the Year Award

 

 

6.01     The RCAF Association Wing of the Year Award is presented to the Wing whose efforts during the year most enhanced the aims of the Association.

 

6.02     The purpose of the award, which shall be a plaque bearing a Canadian Armed Forces Badge inscribed to show the recipient as the “Wing of the Year”, is intended to honour the achievements of a Wing in furthering the aims and objectives of the Association as a whole.

 

6.03     All Wings of the Association with a charter in effect for one year or more prior to the date of selection will be eligible.

 

6.04     Each eligible Wing in the Association is entitled and encouraged to submit an application for the “Wing of the Year” Award.  Applications will outline the general terms of the achievements of the Wing in fulfilling the aims and objectives of the Association and, in addition, will include as supporting documentation a more detailed report of Wing projects, observances, social activities, welfare work, public relations programs etc.

 

(6..05 to 7.00 inclusive, not allocated)

 

PART 3 – AWARDS ADMINISTERED BY GROUPS

 

Section 1 – Award of Merit

 

1.01     The Award of Merit is intended to recognize valuable service rendered to the Association. For reasons of efficiency, this National Award is administered by the Groups.

 

1.02     The purpose of the Award, which shall be a scroll, is as follows:

 

“IN RECOGNITION AND APPRECIATION OF VALUABLE SERVICE

RENDERED TO THE ASSOCIATION.”

 

1.03     Any Member whose contributions are worthy of recognition, who otherwise may not qualify for a higher award, is eligible to be considered for the award.

 

1.04     Nominations for this award will be made annually by:

 

  1. i) Wing Presidents, with the approval of a regularly constituted meeting of the Wing Executive Council;

 

  1. ii) Group Presidents, in consultation with the applicable Wing President.

 

(1.05 to 2.00 inclusive, not allocated)

 

Section 2 – Award of Distinction

 

2.01     The Award of Distinction is intended to recognize outstanding service rendered to the Association. For reasons of efficiency, this National Award is administered by the Groups.

 

2.02     The purpose of the Award, which shall be a scroll, is as follows:

 

“IN RECOGNITION AND APPRECIATION OF SERVICE WITH

DISTINCTION TO THE ASSOCIATION”

 

2.03     Any Member who is involved in the activities of the Association and who has demonstrated dedication and conscientious effort in the performance of their duties is eligible to be considered for the award.

 

2.04     Nominations for this award will be made annually by:

 

  1. i) Wing Presidents, with the approval of a regularly constituted meeting of the Wing Executive Council;

 

  1. ii) Group Presidents, in consultation with the applicable Wing President.

 

(2.05 to 3.00 inclusive, not allocated)

 

 

PART 4 – Awards to RCAF Units and Members

 

Section 1: Air Marshall W.A. Bishop, VC Memorial Trophy

 

1.01     The Air Marshal W.A. Bishop, VC trophy was created to recognize a great Canadian hero’s outstanding contribution to the legacy of excellence in Canadian aviation.

 

1.02     The purpose of this award is inscribed on the trophy, as follows:

 

“IN RECOGNITION OF OUTSTANDING AND MERITORIOUS

ACHIEVEMENT IN ANY FIELD OF AVIATION”

 

1.03     This trophy may be presented to any military unit or organization (generally other than those involved in providing air transport or SAR) engaged in military operations which have made a significant contribution to Canada’s security and/or well being over the preceding year.

 

(1.04 to 2.00 inclusive, not allocated)

 

Section 2:  The Mynarski Trophy

 

2.01     The Mynarski Trophy was created by Polish members of the RCAF Association to recognize the outstanding heroism demonstrated by Flying Officer Andrew Mynarski VC, a renowned member of 419 Squadron who gave his life to save others during the Second World War.

 

2.02     The Mynarski Trophy is presented to the most deserving unit, individual or organization making the most significant contribution to air Search and Rescue (SAR) in Canada over the year. All units and individuals involved in providing air search and rescue in Canada are eligible to be considered for the trophy. Selection criteria include:

 

  1. i) Effectiveness in SAR operations, considering the intensity of activity and the established resources;

 

  1. ii) Heroic performance of a crew or an individual during a single incident;

 

iii)        A very special or outstanding contribution to SAR during the period by an individual; and

 

  1. iv) Outstanding performance by an organization or individual in promoting Flight Safety and SAR training in the civilian sector.

 

(2.03 to 3.00 inclusive, not allocated)

 

Section 3 – Air Marshall C.R. Slemon Award

 

3.01     This award recognizes the outstanding performance of an individual member of the Royal Canadian Air Force, particularly focusing on Non-Commissioned Members. This individual will be designated “Airperson of the Year”.

 

3.02     Any member of the Royal Canadian Air Force is eligible for this award.

 

3.03     The criteria for nominations are:

 

  1. i) A recommended recipient must be a member of the Canadian Armed Forces, engaged in military air service or support;

 

  1. ii) The achievements of the proposed recipient may include service to the nation in operations, outstanding contributions in support of United Nations’ international tasks or outstanding achievements in community activities, both on or off-base (examples could include supporting youth activities [particularly Air Cadets] or exceptional service to citizen or social programs).

 

(3.04 to 4.00 inclusive, not allocated)

 

 

Section 4 – The Golden Hawks Trophy

 

4.01     The Golden Hawks Trophy was established in 1963 to recognize outstanding contributions or achievements in the field of military aviation in Canada. The trophy is named after the famed Golden Hawks aerobatic team, formed in 1959 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of powered flight in Canada as well as the 35th anniversary of the RCAF. In 2016, the NEC agreed to broaden the purpose of this award to specifically include excellence in the area of RCAF air or ground training.

 

 

4.02     The purpose of the trophy as inscribed is as follows:

 

“IN RECOGNITION OF OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTIONS OR HIGHLY COMMENDABLE ACHIEVEMENTS IN ANY FIELD OF MILITARY AVIATION”

 

 

4.03     Any citizen, group or unit/organization engaged in any field of military aviation – specifically to include RCAF air and ground training – is eligible for consideration.

 

 

(4.04 to 5.00 inclusive, not allocated)

Section 5 – Flight Lieutenant D.M. Grant Award

 

5.01     This award recognizes the “Air Reservist of the Year” and was established in memory of F/L Duncan Marshall Grant of 400 Squadron, killed in action on September 28th, 1943 when his Mustang aircraft was hit by flak and crashed.

 

5.02     The purpose of the award is to officially recognize annually the person selected to represent the reserve component of the RCAF as “Air Reservist of the Year”.

 

5.03     Any member of the Air Force Reserves engaged in military air service or support. The achievement(s) of the recommended recipient may include service to the nation in operations, outstanding contributions in support of international taskings or outstanding achievements in community activities, on or off-base.

 

 

(5.04 to 6.00 inclusive, not allocated)

 

PART 5 – Civilian and Hybrid Awards

 

The following National Awards can be presented to individuals or groups in the Civilian, Commercial or Military fields of Aviation in Canada

 

Section 1 – Gordon R. McGregor Memorial Trophy

 

1.01     This trophy was established to commemorate the late Gordon R. McGregor, Past Grand President of the Association, in recognition of his outstanding achievements in the field of air transportation in Canada.

 

1.02     The purpose of the trophy presentation is officially inscribed as follows:

 

“IN RECOGNITION OF OUTSTANDING AND MERITORIOUS ACHIEVEMENT BY CANADIANS IN THE FIELD OF AIR TRANSPORTATION”

 

1.03     Any Canadian citizen, group or unit organization, engaged in the fields of military or civilian air transportation (to include the provision of aerial refueling services); or the  support of such operations, are eligible.

 

1.04     Recommendations of potential military recipients will be made by the Commander RCAF. Recommendations for non-military organizations or individuals will be coordinated by the Air Transport Association of Canada (ATAC).

 

(1.05 to 2.00 inclusive, not allocated)

 

Section 2 – J.A.D.McCurdy Trophy

 

  • On February 23rd, 1909, J.A.D. McCurdy piloted the Silver Dart at Baddeck, Nova Scotia, marking the first heavier-than-air flight to take place in Canada. The J.A.D. McCurdy Trophy was created by the Association to recognize outstanding achievements in the field of civil aviation.

 

2.02     The purpose of the award is described on the trophy as follows:

 

“IN RECOGNITION OF OUTSTANDING AND PRAISEWORTHY ACHIEVEMENTS BY CANADIANS IN THE FIELD OF CIVIL AVIATION”

 

 

2.03     Any Canadian citizen, group, unit or organization engaged in the various fields of civilian aviation or its support is eligible to be considered for this award.

 

2.04     The Association has enlisted the assistance of the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC) to help identify appropriate candidates for this award. Recommendations are also welcome from members of the Association (including Members-At-Large).

 

(2.05 to 3.00 inclusive, not allocated)

 

Section 3 – NORAD Trophy

 

3.01     The NORAD Trophy was inaugurated in 2008 to mark the 50th anniversary of the North American Aerospace Defense Command. It has been selected by the NEC for presentation to individuals or organizations which have made significant contributions to the preservation and perpetuation of Canada’s rich aviation history, values and traditions.

 

3.02     The NORAD Trophy is awarded annually to the most deserving individual, unit or organization:

 

“IN RECOGNITION OF THEIR CONTRIBUTION TO THE PROMOTION

OF THE AIR FORCE MISSION, VALUES AND TRADITIONS”

 

3.03     Any Canadian individual or group, military or civilian, making a significant contribution to air force advocacy, the preservation of air force values, and/or the maintenance of air force traditions, history and heritage may receive this award.

 

3.04     The Association has enlisted the assistance of the Canadian Aeronautical Preservation Association (CAPA) in identifying suitable nominations. CAPA will be asked to forward information on nominees in the same format as used by other nominating organizations. Nominations may also be submitted by Wings, Groups, the NEC, the RCAF and individual members (including Members-At-Large).

 

(3.05 to 4.00 inclusive, not allocated)

 

PART 6 – MISCELLANEOUS AWARDS

 

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ANNEX A         NOMINATION FORMAT

 

ANNEX B          AWARDS NOMINATIONS WORKSHEET

 

 

Annex A

to Booklet 104

NOMINATION FOR NATIONAL

HONOURS AND AWARDS

 

COMPLETE A WRITTEN OR TYPED NARRATIVE BELOW, SUPPORTING YOUR WING OR GROUP’S NOMINATION ON BEHALF OF THE INDIVIDUAL YOU ARE COMMENDING FOR AN AWARD. UPON COMPLETION, TURN TO PAGE 2 AND COMPLETE PART I BEFORE SUBMISSION TO NEXT HIGHER AUTHORITY. NEED MORE SPACE? SIMPLY ADD A SHEET.

 

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 LIST ANY PREVIOUS NATIONAL AWARDS RECEIVED BY THE INDIVIDUAL

 

Page 1 of 4

 

 

            PART I

 

PART I of this form is to be used by Wings and Groups for all National awards.      (in accordance with Association Booklet No. 104)

 

Title of Award: _________________________________________________________________________

 

Name of Nominee: __________________________________________________ Wing No: ___________

 

submitted by: ______________________________________ President Wing/Group: _________________

(name)

 

Address: _________________________________________________ Phone: (           ) _______________

 

Submission approved at a regular constituted meeting of the Wing/Group Executive Council on:

 

_______________________________________________

(date)

 

 

Signed: ___________________________________       Signed: _________________________________

Wing/Group Secretary                                                       Wing/Group President

 

 

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            PART II

 

PART II of this form is to be completed by Group Executive Council, for Wing submissions, not later than seven days after the Group Annual Meeting.

(N.B.: deadline date does not apply to Award of Distinction of Award of Merit)

 

The ________________ Group Executive Council reviewed the above nomination on ____________________

(date)

and hereby add the following comments:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Signed: ________________________________________       Date: _______________________________

Group President

 

 

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            PART III

 

PART III is reserved for the use of National Honours & Awards Committee.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The form may be copied for local use.

 

 

 

ASSOCIATION AWARDS

as outlined in

Booklet 104, NATIONAL HONOURS AND AWARDS

 

Meritorious Service Award (MSA): not more than six awarded annually;

 

Distinguished Service Award (DSA): not more than two awarded annually;

 

Order of Excellence (OoE): maximum 10 individuals in Order at any one time;

 

Long Service Award (LSA): not more than four awarded annually. Nominees

must have at least 20 continuous years regular membership in the Association.

 

Member of the Year Award (Len Baldock Award): one individual selected per year;

 

Wing of the Year Award: one Wing selected each year.

 

 

THE FOLLOWING DO NOT REQUIRE NOMINATIONS AND ARE AWARDED ANNUALLY BASED UPON STATISTICS COMPILED BY ASSOCIATION HQ; Air Marshal W.A. Curtis Award (membership increase in Wings with more than 150 members), National President’s Award (membership increase in Wings with less than 150 members), Group Efficiency Award, Awards for best newsletter in Wings of more than, and less then 125 members.