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.
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: