SFA Annual Awards
The SFA awards program is designed to recognize the “best of the best” in military space operations. Please reach out to email@example.com for any questions or submissions.
To accommodate a December award presentation, the award period will be from 15 October 2022 to 14 October 2023.
Initially we will use the Air Force Award nomination form 1206. No more than 32 lines in 12 point Times New Roman format. Additional lines will not be scored. Nominations will be unclassified.
Call for nominees
Call for Sponsors
Call for Scoring Panels
Award Packages Due
Award Packages Scored
Final Eligibility Status Confirmation
INDIVIDUAL AWARD nominations in the following categories will be accepted from the Office of the Chief of Space Operations (Pentagon-level Space Force Staff), Space Operations Command, Space Training and Readiness Command, Space Systems Command, the National Reconnaissance Office, Fleet Cyber Command (US Navy’s space element), MARFORSPACE (USMC’s Space element), Space and Missile Defense Command (US Army’s space element), each of the Combatant Commands, each Air Force Major Command, and any other GO/FO-led organization not outlined in this CONOP. Nominees do not need to be a registered member of the SFA at the time of nomination; however, 75% of their day-to-day work must be related to space in some form.
Senior Officer of the Year: O4 through O5, CW4 through CW5
Junior Officer of the Year: O3 and below, WO1 through CW3
Senior Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year: E7 through E8
Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year: E5 through E6
Junior Enlisted of the Year: E4 and below
Senior Tier-Civilian of the Year: GS/GG-12 through 13 (both supervisory and non-supervisory)
Mid-Tier Civilian of the Year: GS/GG-9 through 11 (both supervisory and non-supervisory)
Junior Civilian of the Year: GS/GG-1 through 8 and all Wage Grade and Wage Leaders
TEAM AWARD nominations in the following categories will be accepted from the Office of the Chief of Space Operations (Pentagon-level Space Force Staff), Space Operations Command, Space Training and Readiness Command, Space Systems Command, the National Reconnaissance Office, Fleet Cyber Command (US Navy’s space element), MARFORSPACE (USMC’s Space element), Space and Missile Defense Command (US Army’s space element), each of the Combatant Commands, each Air Force Major Command, and any other GO/FO-led organization not outlined in this CONOP. Nominees do not need to be a registered member of the SFA at the time of nomination; however, 75% of their day-to-day work must be related to space in some form. Members of the team will be spelled out on the award and must have worked on the specific program or project for which the team is being nominated during the award period.
Space Operations Team Award
International Space Operations Team Award
- 2023 AWards -
Senior Officer: Major Jason A. Altenhofen, SSC
Major Jason Altenhofen is the Director of Operations for the Space Safari Program Office. He leads a growing 126-member launch, space, and ground segment team that is revolutionizing the way the Space Force delivers capabilities to support high-priority and urgent combatant commander needs. Space Safari rapidly acquires and integrates low-cost, mature off-the-shelf technology to execute Tactically Responsive Space missions from cradle-to-grave.
Junior Officer: Captain Nicholas J. Ruiz, STARCOM
Captain Nicholas J. Ruiz is a Space Operations Officer assigned to the Commander’s Action Group as the Chief of Executive Actions at Space Training and Readiness Command HQ on Peterson Space Force Base, Colorado. He is from Mesa, AZ and was an enlisted Weather Forecaster for 8 years before commissioning. As an officer, he has commanded two separate satellite constellations and integrated space assets at the tactical level while deployed to Qatar.
Senior Non-Commissioned Officer: SMSgt Keith A. Carpenter, SSC
SMSgt Keith Carpenter is the Senior Enlisted Leader of the 5th Space Launch Squadron. Keith leads a uniquely blended USAF/USSF squadron of 215 members. He is charged with delivering launch site mission assurance for National Security Space Launch operations. He has led his team through a record-high 54 launches, achieved historic space launch milestones and establish processes of continued operations in contested, degraded and operationally limited environments.
Non-Commissioned Officer: TSgt Andrew J. White, SpOC
TSgt Andre White serves as the Flight Chief of Mobile Operations for the 4th Space Operations Squadron. He oversees 34 officer and enlisted members across 6 AFSCs in support of mobile satellite cryptographic control. These operations are accomplished by operating and maintaining three Mobile Satellite Constellation Control stations, each valued at approximately $15M, and capable of deployment via road or air transport.
Jr Enlisted: Spc3 Taylor D. Morgan, SpOC
Specialist 3 Taylor Morgan is an Operations Analyst at the 71st ISR Detachment 3, Peterson SFB, Colorado. In her current position, she serves as the NCOIC of training for intelligence analysts assigned to the 4th Electromagnetic Warfare Squadron to execute intelligence integration for 172 space operators. Additionally, Specialist Morgan was hand-selected to be a member of Space Delta 3’s Quick Reaction Force where she partners with the Rapid Reaction Branch to develop, train, operate, and advocate for Quick Reaction Capabilities to meet Combatant Command Urgent Operational Need requirements.
Senior Civilian: Mrs. Jessie L. Charlton, SpOC
Mrs. Jessie Charlton is the Course Management Director leading in the 8th Combat Training Squadron, Space Delta 8, Schriever SFB, CO. She is responsible for leading current and future training development to ensure OT&E readiness for the DOD’s largest Delta encompassing 1.2K operators across 3 operational squadrons and 11 GSUs, and operating 64 satellites worth more than $43 billion.
Mid-Tier Civilian: Mr. Alexander V. Smalldon, SpOC
Mr. Alexander Smalldon is the Budget Analyst and Resource Advisor for the 21st Security Forces Squadron. He secured a unit record $1.2M in Anti-Terrorism Force Protection funds. This critical funding facilitated the payment of $200K in central contracts and enabled eight long-needed security initiatives increasing the protection of 18K joint-service personnel and ultimately assuring the continuity of a $75B multi-national defense strategy.
Team: Space Delta 10, OL-A, STARCOM
Space Delta 10, Operating Location Alpha (OL-A) is the United States Space Force (USSF) lead for the development and publication of Service doctrine and ensures USSF equities are incorporated into Joint doctrine. OL-A remains central in the creation and progression of USSF tactics though the Space-Wiki knowledge management system and is defining the tactics development process for all Guardians. OL-A is a key partner with Space Force HQ for the development of concepts and remains the service lead for the Air Land Sea Space Application Center which addresses multi-service interoperability issues.
2022 AWARD RECIPIENTS
Senior Officer of the Year: Major Kenneth M. Jenkins, 73rd Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Squadron, Detachment 2, Osan AB, Republic of Korea. Maj. Kenneth M. Jenkins II is the Commander of the 73rd Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance Squadron, Detachment 2 at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea. He leads 31 Airmen and Guardians in a selectively manned, geographically separated United States Space Force unit, conducting Space Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) in support of six combatant commands shaping the National Defense Space Strategy.
Junior Officer of the Year: First Lieutenant Lt Benjamin D. Hagan, 4th Electromagnetic Warfare Squadron, Peterson SFB Colorado. First Lieutenant Benjamin D. Hagan is the Officer in Charge of Tactics Development at the 4th Electromagnetic Warfare Squadron. He is responsible for writing/updating the 3-1 for the Counter Communication System, writing tactics improvement proposals, mission planning/debriefing, and developing advanced training. Lt Hagan also leads Joint and Coalition integration efforts for the unit. While deployed, he commanded a four-member crew that executed over 4K hours of non-kinetic support to 23 missions in support of Operation JUNIPER SHIELD.
Senior Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year: Senior Master Sergeant Daniel J. Hill, 8th Combat Training Squadron, Schriever SFB, Colorado. Senior Master Sergeant Hill serves as the Senior Enlisted Leader for the 8th Combat Training Squadron, Space Delta 8, Schriever SFB, Colorado. The 8th Combat Training Squadron provides qualification, upgrade, currency, continuation, and advanced training for Space Delta 8 personnel and ensures the delta’s orbital warfighters develop and maintain combat mission-readiness for all Space Delta 8 weapon systems. The 8 CTS provides training for four Operational Units and 226 students per year. SMSgt Hill provides leadership and guidance to the officer and enlisted forces of the 8 CTS while serving as an advisor to the unit commander on issues regarding readiness, training, and morale.
Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year: Technical Sergeant Wesley E. Bear, 57th Space Aggressor Squadron, Schriever SFB, Colorado. TSgt Wesley E Bear is originally from Cinnaminson, NJ. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in January of 2011 and transferred into the U.S. Space Force in Feb 2021. He deployed to Al Udeid AB, Qatar where he was vital to executing cyber requirements to advance the vetting process and aided with transitioning over 57K personnel through Al Udeid during Operation ALLIED REFUGE. Also, he filled as the Squadron Superintendent and was vital to driving expansive changes to orbital warfare training across the USSF.
Junior Enlisted of the Year: Senior Airman, Hanna Rica A. Tolfo, 71st Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Squadron, Detachment 4, Buckley SFB Colorado. Senior Airman Hanna Tolfo is an Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) Trainer for 71st ISR Squadron, Detachment 4 at Buckley Space Force Base, Colorado. She is responsible for instructing intelligence professionals within three Deltas and other units that support the Space-Based Infrared Systems satellite constellations and ground-based radar network. She conducts mission planning and intelligence support for the USSF’s $34 billion missile warning network.
Senior Civilian of the Year: Ms. Patricia M. O’Sullivan, 73rd Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Squadron, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. Mrs. O’Sullivan serves as the Assistant Director of Operations for the 73rd ISR Squadron. She steers worldwide space ISR leading 228 personnel and managing $240 million of equipment and contracts across four geographically separated sites. She leverages her 20 years of service to propel partnerships and forge operational relationships across Space Operations Command Deltas and USSPACECOM to satisfy space intelligence needs and mission requirements.
Mid-tier Civilian of the Year: Ms. Michelle J. Madrid, Headquarters Section, Delta 2, Peterson SFB, Colorado. Michelle Madrid is the Budget Analyst for Space Delta 2 Headquarters, Peterson Space Force Base, Colorado. She is responsible for a $66M budget across 12 geographically separated units supporting worldwide operations of 10 weapon systems valued at $4.7B. She guided Delta 2 through the standup of 2 squadrons and the realignment of 5 detachments ensuring account transfers. She is referred to as the most experienced Budget Analyst across the Deltas by FIELDCOM S8.
Junior Civilian of the Year: Ms. Nadia E. ReyesCruz, 319th Combat Training Squadron, Peterson SFB, Colorado. Ms. Nadia ReyesCruz is an Air Force veteran, assigned to the 319 Combat Training Squadron as a unit Resource Advisor. She is a highly qualified, results-oriented individual with leadership experience in business administration, finances, quality assurance, and military training. Ms. ReyesCruz is responsible for creating and managing the squadron’s $12.3 million budget, liaising with squadron leadership on limiting factors and shortfalls pertaining to the squadron’s finances.
Team of the Year: SZIX Space Operations Team, Kirtland AFB, New Mexico. The SSC/SZIX is a team of 15 Space Officers, 25 Space Enlisted, 2 Government Civilians, and 187 contractors that are responsible for all R&D pre-launch, launch, early orbit, and on-orbit satellite activities, as well as crew mission readiness activities, training, and certification for a unique $3B R&D satellite portfolio. This team performs these measures for 17 different classified missions for the DoD, NASA, IC, and multiple classified mission partners.
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