The Air Force Magazine staff has been honored this year with a variety of regional and national awards for journalistic excellence. Editorial Director John A. Tirpak has been named this year’s recipient of the Air Force Association Gill Robb Wilson Award, which recognizes the “Most Outstanding Contribution in the Field of Arts and Letters.” The national-level award, which will be presented at AFA’s Air, Space & Cyber conference in September, has been presented previously to Edward R. Murrow, Walter Boyne, Ted Koppel, H.R. McMaster, Tom Brokaw, and Gary Sinise, among others. Tirpak also was honored—for the third consecutive year—by the Trade Association Business Publications International organization for his April, 2017 article,
USAF’s Aggressors. The article was among the
top five percent of over 400 submitted for consideration. Air Force Magazine News Editor Amy McCullough this year was recognized by the DC Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists—for the fourth year in a row—with a first-place award for her December 2017 feature on Israel Del Toro,
Like a Phoenix. McCullough also received first place awards from SPJ in 2017 for
Keeping Peace in Korea and in 2016 for her exclusive look at the Raptors first combat operation,
With the Raptors Over Syria. She was a finalist in the DC Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists’ investigative reporting and series categories in 2015.
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