USAF International Affairs Excellence Award

Overview

Purpose
This award annually recognizes one Airmen for outstanding and innovative contributions that had the greatest impact in International Affairs and were most effective in building, sustaining, expanding, and guiding U.S. Air Force-to-partner air force relationships.

Eligibility
Active duty personnel, members of the USAFR, ANG, and DAF civilian personnel, from any career field, whose duties contribute to the Air Force IA mission.
This award serves as an incentive. Those nominated should be continuing their federal civilian or military service with the government and should not have an approved separation or retirement date.Contract personnel are not eligible for this award.

Presentation of Award
The Secretary of the Air Force will present the award.


USAF International Affairs Excellence Award Program Details

Period of Service
The award program is on a calendar year basis, 1 January-31 December.

Nomination Due Date
In the beginning of the calendar year, an Air Force-wide nomination call will be released by SAF/IA via MyPers in time for nomination packages to be submitted to SAF/IA by 16 April of each year

Nomination Process and Authorities
See how to apply section for more details.

SAF/Headquarters Air Force two-letter officials (or their designated authorities) are the nominating officials for Air Force personnel assigned to those organizations. Each organization may nominate one individual (military or civilian).

Major Command (MAJCOM) commanders (or their designated authorities) are the nominating officials for Air Force personnel assigned or attached to the Command. Each command may nominate one individual (military or civilian).

Commanders of Air Force and command-level Direct Reporting Units (DRU) and Field Operating Agencies (FOA) are the nominating officials for Air Force personnel assigned or attached to those organizations.  Each organization may nominate one individual (military or civilian).

Commanders of independent centers or units that are administratively aligned under a MAJCOM or Numbered Air Force but perform specialized Air Force or Command-level tasked activities that extend beyond the scope of the command's subordinate units may skip command competitive echelons. Each organization may nominate one individual in each of four categories:

  • Officer (Second Lieutenant through Colonel
  • Enlisted (Airman through Chief Master Sergeant
  • Senior Civilian (GS-13 thru GS-15)
  • Junior Civilian (up to GS-12)
Award Announcement and Description
The award consists of the following components: a glass trophy and a citation signed by the Secretary of the Air Force. Recipients of this award are authorized to wear the Air Force Recognition Ribbon in accordance with AFI 36-2805. An award plaque engraved with the recipient's name and award year will be displayed at the Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force, International Affairs (SAF/IA), 1080 Air Force Pentagon, Washington, DC 22330-1080.

How to Apply

Each MAJCOM/FOA/DRU may submit only one nomination. Nomination package must include the following:
  1. Cover letter (limited to 1 page) written on unit letterhead that includes:
    • Nominee name
    • Rank or grade
    • AFSC or occupational series
    • Unit, office symbol, and location
    • Position title
    • A description of current duties and responsibilities
    • Telephone number (commercial and DSN) and e-mail address of a Command administrative point of contact

  2. AF Form 1206, Nomination for Award, IAW AFPD 36-28, Awards and Decorations Program
    • Limited to one page, single-spaced
    • 12 pitch, Times New Roman font
    • Use specific achievements from January to December only
    • Use point paper or talking paper format (bulleted, short statements or key points)
    NOTE: Description of outstanding achievements should be based on specific facts and examples that clearly demonstrate that achievements were exceptional.

  3. The Public Release statement

  4. Endorsement letter signed by SAF/HAF two-letter, MAJCOM/FOA/DRU Commander, Vice Commander, or Executive Director

  5. A citation in accordance with AFI 36-2805, Special Trophies and Awards
Each HAF two-letter, MAJCOM, FOA, and DRU may submit only one nomination. Please send completed nomination packages via email to SAF/IAGR Workflow (usaf.pentagon.saf-ia.mbx.saf-iapr-hr-manpower@mail.mil).


International Affairs Excellence Award Timeline

1 January - 31 December: Award period of service
Beginning of Calendar Year: SAF/IA will distribute a call for nominations
16 April: Nomination deadline:

Send completed nomination packages to SAF/IAGR Workflow (usaf.pentagon.saf-ia.mbx.saf-iapr-hr-manpower@mail.mil).