50th Space Wing Public Affairs
The fifth-annual Maj. Gen. Jimmey R. Morrell Awards Banquet recognized the 50th Operations Group’s best of the best May 15 at the Peterson Air Force Base Consolidated Club.
One Airman in each of the following categories was recognized for their outstanding accomplishments and leadership, above all others: Airman, NCO, officer and civilian.
This year’s winners were:
David King, 2nd Space Operations Squadron;
Senior Airman Christopher Davidson, 50th Operations Group OGV;
Staff Sgt. Aaron Summers, 3rd Space Operations Squadron;
and Capt. Jeffery Pleinis, 3rd SOPS.
Special guest speakers at the dining out included Margie Morrell, widow of General Morrell, and Lt. Gen. Larry James, commander of 14th Air Force and Joint Functional Component Command for Space, U.S. Strategic Command.
“I think this event is a great way to recognize all the great things the 50th Ops Group is doing,” said Col. Stanford Kekauoha, 50th Operations Group commander.
Some highlights of the evening included entertainment by Blue Steel, the U.S. Air Force Academy band, a medallion presentation ceremony to all the nominees, a slide show of squadron photos and, most notably, the handing out of the awards.
“It was an honor just being nominated and actually winning was pretty special considering the quality of the competition I was up against,” said Maj. Jeffery Pleinis, 3rd SOPS assistant director of operations and officer category winner. “Having two winners in the squadron made it that much sweeter. It was an awesome night for all of 3rd SOPS.”
The award is named in honor of General Morrell, whose legacy is marked by his contributions and leadership in various Air Force Space Command programs including space control and satellite operations. Winners are recognized for their accomplishments in space and satellite operations and for displaying the hard work and dedication that has become synonymous with General Morrell’s name.