The USAWOA Awards Program provides a formal program by which the National Board of Directors, Regions and Chapters can recognize outstanding performance or service by individuals or groups. The Annual Awards year begins July 1st each year and ends June 30th the following year. Nomination packets for the Albert Holcombe Memorial Warrant Officer of the Year and the Virginia Holcombe Spouse of the Year must arrive at the USAWOA Home Office not later than August 15th each year. Nominations for the Honorable Order of the Eagle Rising may be submitted at any time. The National Awards Manual authorizes the following awards:
Life Member Award
Honorary Membership Award
Past Presidents Award
The Don Hess USAWOA Presidents Award
The Albert M. Holcombe Memorial Warrant Officer of the Year Award (View information and Nomination format)
The Virginia M. Holcombe Memorial Warrant Officer Spouse of the Year (View information and Nomination format.)
Distinguished Leadership Award
Academic Achievement Award (WOCS and WOBC Schools)
Best Chapter Web Site
Overall Best Chapter for Recruiting and Retention
Highest Recruiting Award Best Retention Award Best Recruiting Award
CHAPTER AND COMMUNITY AWARDS
Community Affairs Award for Donations
Community Affairs Award for Services
Community Affairs Award for Sustaining Programs
Any member may nominate another member for consideration for the Albert M. Holcombe Memorial Warrant Officer of the Year Award or the Virginia M. Holcombe Memorial Warrant Officer Spouse of the Year Award. Chapter members must forward their nominations through their respective chapters and regions. Members not affiliated with a chapter may submit nominations directly to the National Awards Committee. Nomination forms for the awards are available at the chapter level or at the National Office.
REGION LEVEL AWARDS
Awards have been established to provide regions with a means of recognizing outstanding service by individuals who are members of their region. Awards are authorized for active regions.
Region President’s Awards
Region Officials Award
Region Warrant Officer of the Year Award
Region Warrant Officer Spouse of the Year Award
Region Outstanding Warrant Officer Recruiter Award
REGION CHAPTER AWARDS
Awards have been established to provide regions with the opportunity to recognize chapters and auxiliaries who have demonstrated outstanding management of a chapter.
Outstanding Regional Chapter
Outstanding Regional Auxiliary
CHAPTER LEVEL AWARDS
Chapter awards have been established to provide chapters the means of recognizing the contribution of chapter members who have rendered outstanding support to the chapter.
Chapter President’s Award
Chapter Warrant Officer of the Year Award
Chapter Warrant Officer Spouse of the Year Award
USAWOA Honorable Order of the Eagle Rising Medallion and Certificate in Gold, Silver, or Bronze level to be awarded to outstanding members. Nominations and submission for the Honorable Order of the Eagle Rising Medallion and Certificate are covered on page 9 of USAWOA Manual 900-1, the National Awards Manual with Administrative Changes dated 31 July 2009. Nominations may be submitted at any time. The cost for each Medallion is $25.00, payable by the individual, Chapter, or Region who submits the recommendation.
ANNUAL AWARDS SUBMISSION & DEADLINES
The cutoff date for all National Annual Awards is 30 June each year. The National Awards are presented at the Annual Meeting of the Members Banquet in fall of each year (usually in October or November).
The cutoff for receipt for nominations for the Holcomb Awards is August 15th annually.
The National Awards Committee reviews the nominations and the pertinent documentation submitted for the awards and recommends the award winners based on the criteria established by the National Awards Manual. The Awards Committee submits their report to the National President who approved the recommendations and forwards the report to the Executive Director for preparation of the actual awards.