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Copernicus Awards

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 selections are made each year by Navy judges who review applications from the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard, including active duty and civilians. AFCEA 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.

Chapter Award: Young AFCEAN Chapter Program

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 award 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.


Women's Appreciation Awards

About the Award:

This award recognizes and honors AFCEA members (male or female) 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 staff are no longer eligible for this award. Click Here to read more.


Enlisted Superior Performers Awards

About the Award:

The Enlisted Superior Performer (ESP) Award presented by the U.S. Naval Institute and AFCEA International recognizes the service of those military members who have been selected by their commands for particularly superior service in the past year.  Recipients are awarded one-year memberships in both AFCEA and the U.S. Naval Institute.  This year’s ESPs will be recognized at the WEST 2016 Conference, 17-19 February, at the San Diego Convention Center.  This award presentation has been a feature of this conference for several years 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 national defense. Each year, the institute sponsors a number of essay contests. The winners of these five contests are listed below and will be recognized at WEST 2016. Click Here to read more.