Awarded to an individual under the age of 30 for outstanding achievement and endeavour in any field of aviation.
2018 awarded to: Captain Alexander Horrell USAF
Captain Alexander Horrell is a collegiate golfer and Massachusetts Institute of Technology graduate, Captain Horrell has made profound contributions to the 661st Aeronautical Systems Squadron as a Developmental Engineer and serves as the squadron's Quality Assurance Flight Commander. He leads a team of military, civilian, and contractor personnel to do the impossible!
Captain Horrell leverages engineering acumen to mitigate intangible threats with profound solutions. In 2017, Captain Horrell's Quality Assurance Flight fielded 100 quick reaction capabilities in a matter of months versus the years that it would have taken via traditional acquisition processes. The Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force prioritized counter-unmanned aerial systems capabilities and Captain Horrell was appointed to lead a 44-member quick reaction team to create, validate, and field a $465K counter-unmanned aerial system capability in under 4 months. This capability is actively protecting over 9K coalition forces throughout Central Command. Captain Horrell's test team isolated emitter array anomalies and eliminated radio frequency spectrum noises. This action doubled the emitter beam count and increased frequency ranges 33%. The emitter beam count detects each time the radio frequency beam is interrupted and relays the information to the system receiver. In doing so, the mission system can adapt and create new transmit solutions, effectively adapting on the fly to evolving countermeasures.
Captain Horrell vetted an improved Line-of-Sight video downlink on three HH-60 helicopters. This new capability enables aircrews to transmit situational awareness video to facilitate rescue and recovery of downed Airmen. A new datalink capability was added that doubled transmit ranges to improve search and rescue support. The acquisition, integration, validation, and aircraft modification was completed in under 2 months.
Captain Horrell led an effort and remedied a traffic clearance and avoidance system technical assistance request within 30 days. His team's solution sustained ‘Operation Inherent Resolve’ combat forces, while de-conflicting hazardous air traffic in highly-congested airspace. Furthermore, Captain Horrell has personally flown over 30 flight test sorties and earned his first aerial achievement medal.
Finally, Captain Horrell created the squadron's first joint forces electronic warfare exercise. This exercise pitted the best electronic warfare weapon systems against one another. The exercise lasted 1 month, spanning across 3 agencies. Every aspect of electronic attack principles and theory were put to the test. This endeavour validated a $1OM counter-radar system. Captain Horrell's effort pushed the limits of non-kinetic warfare and the new lessons-learned, tactics, techniques, and procedures became the foundation for new electronic warfare doctrine.
For his outstanding achievement and endeavour in a number of fields of engineering and flight testing, Captain Horrell is awarded the Grand Master’s Medal.
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196465 T A Henderson Esq
1965/66 P G Hadgett Esq
196667 J W D Robertson Esq
196768 R J Barbour Esq
1968/69 A J E Tiley Esq
1969/70 C Redrupp Esq
1970/71 R G P Taylor Esq
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1973/74 J F Rothwell Esq
1974/75 G J Bressey Esq
1975/76 J F Nash Esq
1976/77 M J Thrower Esq
1992/93 M D W Bowker Esq
1993/94 R Ka Fuk Cheung Esq
1994/95 W S Gilmour Esq
1995/96 Jamal Jamal Mohammed Jamal
1996/97 Matthew J Clatworthy Esq
1997/98 Emma Joanne Phelps
1998/99 Captain W I E Anderson
1999/2000 Pilot Ofiicer J S Clayton
2000/01 Nicholas Chan
2001/02 Flight Lieutenant Nicola Thomas
2002/03 Daniel Fonseca MEng (Hons) GradRAeS
2003/04 Philip Gareth Donovan
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2010/11 Isabelle de Montet-Guerin
Captain Robert Shoenberg USAF
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2014/15 Flight Lieutenant Christopher Gonzalez RAF
2016 Flight Lieutenant Colin Bostrom MSc RAF
2017 Captain Matthew A Shipp USAF
2018 Captain Alexander Horrell USAF