AFRL celebrates research for nation’s defense Published Feb. 21, 2023 By Jeanne Dailey Air Force Research Laboratory KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. (AFRL) - The Air Force Research Laboratory, or AFRL, at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, held ceremonies Feb. 8-9, 2023, to recognize its 2022 annual award recipients and nominees for the Space Vehicles Directorate and Directed Energy Directorate. Col. Clark Allred, acting director of the Air Force Research Laboratory, or AFRL, Directed Energy Directorate, second from left, shares a photo with the AFRL Tactical High Power Operational Responder, or THOR, team following Allred’s presentation of the Director’s Cup R. Earl Good Team Award to the THOR team at the Directed Energy 2022 Annual Awards ceremony Feb. 9, 2023, at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico. THOR is a counter-swarm electromagnetic weapon AFRL developed for defense of airbases to counter the threat of drones. (U.S. Air Force photo / Airman 1st Class Ruben Garibay) Photo Details / Download Hi-Res More than 300 nominees and winners were recognized for their leading-edge research in the development of technologies supporting the warfighter and national defense during 2022. Acting Director of the AFRL Directed Energy Directorate Col. Clark Allred presented trophies to 36 awardees at the Phillips Space Conference Center. “It is great to see a big turnout for the Directed Energy annual awards ceremony,” Allred said. “These nominations and awards reflect credit on the individuals and the broader teams supporting them. The winners and nominees have much to be proud of— congratulations to all!” Col. Jeremy Raley, the director of the AFRL Space Vehicles Directorate, awarded trophies to 34 scientists, engineers and technical and support staff, while colleagues cheered. “Join me in congratulating our award winners and nominees,” Raley said. “It is important that we set aside time to honor those who made significant contributions to our directorate and the nation over the last year. We thank the winners and the nominees—they can all take pride in this recognition and their accomplishments.” The directorate-level winners will compete for the AFRL enterprise-wide awards. The annual AFRL awards ceremony will be held March 2, 2023, from 12:30–2:30 p.m. EST at the Air Force Institute of Technology’s Kenney Hall, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The ceremony will also be livestreamed via YouTube. A crowd at the Air Force Research Laboratory Space Vehicles Directorate 2022 annual awards ceremony cheers for their colleagues Feb. 8, 2023, during the ceremony at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico. (U.S. Air Force photo /Airman 1st Class Ruben Garibay) Photo Details / Download Hi-Res Col. Jeremy Raley, director of the Air Force Research Laboratory, or AFRL, Space Vehicles Directorate presents Dr. Madeleine Naudeau, a senior physicist with the Scientific and Technical Management Award at the directorate’s 2022 annual awards ceremony Feb. 8, 2023, at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico. Naudeau was recognized for her leadership as the AFRL space communications and position, navigation and timing program manager. Naudeau led teams for two on-orbit and four pending flight experiments to develop advanced GPS and military satellite communication capabilities for customers, partners and operational users. (U.S. Air Force photo /Airman 1st Class Ruben Garibay) Photo Details / Download Hi-Res The Team Kirtland Honor Guard color guard members present the flag during the singing of the national anthem at the Air Force Research Laboratory Directed Energy Directorate 2022 annual awards ceremony Feb. 9, 2023, held at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico. (U.S. Air Force photo /Airman 1st Class Ruben Garibay) Photo Details / Download Hi-Res The 2022 AFRL Directed Energy Directorate award winners Mentorship Award: Dr. Christopher Wilcox Giller Award: Dr. Travis Garrett Publication of the Year Peer Reviewed: Dr. Max Cubillos-Moraga Publication of the Year Non-Peer Reviewed: Dr. Shadi Naderi Technology Transfer/Transition Achievement Award Individual: Dr. Timothy Fleming Technology Transfer and Transition Achievement Team Award: Test and Operations Support Team Leadership Award: Lori Sciabica Senior Leadership Award: Leanne DeLange Supervisory Award: Martha Navarro Junior Mission Support Award: Jeffery Ochoa Mission Support Award Individual: Brian Young Mission Support Team Award: Security Team Innovation Award: Capt. Christopher Coury, Jr. International Award Individual: Dr. Wilkin Tang International Team Award: Novel High Energy Laser Sources Project Agreement Team Scientific/Technical Technician Award Individual: John McCullough, Jr. Scientific/Technical Technician Team Award: High Power Electromagnetics Test Team General Raymond A. Gilbert Jr. Scientific/Technical Achievement Award Individual: Capt. Andrew Vanden Berg Scientific/Technical Achievement Award Individual: Dr. Mala Mateen Scientific/Technical Achievement Team Award: Pacific Ecosystem for Cyber Team Scientific/Technical Management Award: Dr. Nader Naderi Airman of the Year: Senior Airman Avery Chisolm Noncommissioned Officer of the Year: Tech. Sgt. Matthew Erfman II Senior Noncommissioned Officer of the Year: Master Sgt. Matthew Walsh IMA Field Grade Officer of the Year: Lt. Col. Jeremy Franke Company Grade Officer of the Year: Capt. Luis Sepulveda Field Grade Officer of the Year: Maj. Joshua Reding Civilian Category I: Kyle Webb Civilian Category II: Jeremy Vorenberg Civilian Category III: Dr. Theodore Ortiz Director’s Cup Junior Force Award: Capt. Alexandria Mihaylova Director’s Cup Sparks Award: Dr. James Schrock Director’s Cup R. Earl Good Team Award: Tactical High Power Operational Responder, or THOR, Team Director’s Cup Richard J. Neal Special Recognition Award Junior Individual: Capt. Jack Waller Director’s Cup Richard J. Neal Special Recognition Award Senior Individual: Christina Osmon Director’s Cup Richard J. Neal Special Recognition Award Team Award: Starfire Optical Range NOTT Team AFRL 2022 Space Vehicles Directorate award winners Mentorship Award: James Winter Wingman of the Year Award: Jeanette Van Den Bosch Publication of the Year Individual: Dr. Evgeny Mishin Publication of the Year Team: Advanced Electro-Optical Space Sensors Team Technology Transfer and Transition Achievement Award Individual: Capt. Tommy Hernandez Technology Transfer and Transition Achievement Award Team: Integrated Structural Systems Team Leadership Award: Michael Lopez Senior Leadership Award: Dr. Jesse Mee Supervisory Award: Debra Fogle Junior Administrative Excellence Award: Dawn Quisenberry Junior Mission Support Excellence Award: Steven Hawley Senior Mission Support Excellence Award: Stacy Schramm Mission Support Excellence Team Award: Infrastructure Management Support Function Team Innovation Award: Dr. Jeffrey Ganley International Individual Award: Dr. Jay Albert International Team Award: Hybrid Architecture Demonstrations Team Scientific/Technical Technician Award: Timothy Myers General Raymond A. Gilbert Junior Scientific/Technical Achievement Award: Capt. Colton Mott Senior Scientific/Technical Achievement Award Individual: Dr. Kenneth Obenberger Scientific/Technical Achievement Team Award: CEASE-3 Team Scientific/Technical Management Award: Dr. Madeleine Naudeau Civilian of the Year Category I: Jennifer Moreno Civilian of the Year Category II: Bryce Halter Civilian of the Year Category III: Melody Martinez IMA Company Grade Officer of the Year: Capt. Ronak Patel IMA Field Grade Officer of the Year: Lt. Col. Julio Villafuerte Company Grade Officer of the Year: Capt. Tyler Hussey Field Grade Officer of the Year: Maj. Adam Murphy Director’s Cup Junior Force Award: Dr. Kimberly Frey Director’s Cup Dan Wilhelm Award: Dr. Gretchen Phelps Director’s Cup Dr. Harold Gardiner Team Award: W/V-band Satellite Communication Experiment-Beacon, or WSCE-B, Team Director’s Cup Richard J. Neal Special Recognition Senior Individual: Dr. Thomas Peng Director’s Cup Richard J. Neal Special Recognition Junior Individual: Dr. Vincent Cowan Director’s Cup Richard J. Neal Special Recognition Team Award: Gryphon Team Photos of the award presentations are available at these links: AFRL Directed Energy Directorate: https://www.flickr.com/photos/148064553@N05/albums/72177720305890826 AFRL Space Vehicles Directorate: https://www.flickr.com/photos/148064553@N05/albums/72177720305872672 About AFRL The Air Force Research Laboratory, or AFRL, is the primary scientific research and development center for the Department of the Air Force. AFRL plays an integral role in leading the discovery, development and integration of affordable warfighting technologies for our air, space and cyberspace force. With a workforce of more than 11,500 across nine technology areas and 40 other operations across the globe, AFRL provides a diverse portfolio of science and technology ranging from fundamental to advanced research and technology development. For more information, visit www.afresearchlab.com.