Defender of the Year
January 14, 2011 marked the inaugural Defender of the Year Award Gala, recognizing and honoring members of our military who command fully operational and deployed missile defense systems. The award is given to a United States Armed Forces service member from each branch that currently deploys a U.S. Missile Defense System. These select individuals represent the best in leadership and personal effort, demonstrating their commitment to excellence and their critical role in missile defense. They are an inspiration to their subordinates, peers, and superiors.
The purpose of this award is to recognize exceptional individuals and their role in defending our homeland, armed forces, and allies.
Recognizing them helps to educate the American public and inspire those they work with to defend our national security.
The Defenders of the Year are selected by their peers and commanding officers from the United States Army, United States Navy, United States Air Force, and the United States National Guard.