Awards at WEST 2021
About the Award:
The Copernicus award was established in 1997 as a result of a discussion among Lieutenant General C. Norman Wood, USAF (Ret.), then President and CEO of AFCEA International, Captain James A. Barber, USN (Ret.), then Publisher and CEO of the U.S. Naval Institute, and the late Vice Admiral Art Cebrowski, USN, who was the Navy N6 at that time. The name for the award came from the Copernicus Architecture used as the blueprint for the future C4I structure of the Navy. Recipients are selected based on their sustained superior performance in a C4I/IT-related job. The board of judges make selections each year after reviewing active-duty and civilian applicants from the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. AFCEA International and the U.S. Naval Institute present the awards at their annual Western Conference held in San Diego each winter. Click Here to read more.
Young AFCEAN Awards
About the Awards:
Individual Award: Distinguished Young AFCEAN (DYA)
The Distinguished Young AFCEAN Award recognizes and rewards exceptional performance in four areas: leadership and guidance for the Young AFCEAN program; superior technical achievement in the professional arena; a record of going "above and beyond" at the local AFCEA chapter or region level; and mentoring provided for other Young AFCEANs. Nominees for this award are evaluated through September of the current year. Click Here to read more.
Individual Award: Emerging Leadership
The Emerging Leadership Award is given for exceptional service to AFCEA at the local and/or international level. This award is presented to individuals who have demonstrated continuous leadership in Young AFCEAN activities since winning the Distinguished Young AFCEAN award. Nominees for this award are evaluated through September of the current year. Click Here to read more.
The Young AFCEAN Chapter of the Year Award
The Young AFCEAN Chapter Program Award is given to the one chapter which has most significantly contributed to the professional development of younger AFCEANs by providing a forum of programs and initiatives geared to their unique needs. Chapters of similar size compete with each other for this award and there are five different size categories. Click Here to read more.
Model Young AFCEAN Program
The purpose of the Model Young AFCEAN Program recognition is to strengthen the program of activities for Young AFCEANs at chapters, and to encourage chapters to create Young AFCEAN programs if they do not already have one. The program will measure the strength, growth and activities of a chapter’s Young AFCEAN program over the period of a full fiscal year. Click Here to read more.
U.S. Naval Institute Essay Contest Awards
About the Award:
The U.S. Naval Institute provides an independent forum for those who dare to read, think, speak, and write to advance the professional, literary and scientific understanding of sea power and other issues critical to global security. Each year, the Institute sponsors a number of essay contests. The winners of four of these contests will be recognized at WEST 2021.
Essay contests have been central to the work of the Naval Institute for more than 130 years. They directly fulfill the Institute’s educational mission by encouraging writing on issues of concern to the Sea Services. They provide thought-provoking articles that spur ongoing discussion of these same issues, not only in Naval Institute media, print and digital, but also in other leading defense and national security forums.
2020 Essay Contest Winners
Sponsored by MITRE
2020 Emerging and Disruptive Technologies Essay Contest Winners –
Sponsored by the U.S. Naval Institute
2020 Enlisted Prize Essay Contest Winners –
Sponsored by BAE Systems
2020 Marine Corps Essay Contest Winners –
Sponsored with Dr. J. Phillip London and CACI International
2020 Leadership Essay Contest Winners –
Women's Appreciation Award
About the Award:
This award recognizes and honors AFCEA members of any gender who have gone above and beyond to further the careers of women. AFCEA contributions will be more heavily weighted than professional performance in the decision process. Winners are selected by members of the AFCEA International Membership Committee. The award will be presented at the annual Women's Appreciation Event held at WEST each year. AFCEA International staff are no longer eligible for this award. Click Here to read more.