U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. – The 2019 winners of the The Colonel James Jabara Award for Airmanship are Col. Tyler “Nick” Hague, member of class of 1998, and Maj. Caitlin T. Reilly, member of the class of 2007.
The awards will be presented on Friday, Feb. 7, during noon meal with cadets at Mitchell Hall Dining Facility.
Hague is being recognized for extraordinary professionalism and heroism on October 11, 2018, when he and his crew lifted off in their Soyuz-FG rocket from the middle of Kazakhstan, and headed toward the international space station. Two minutes into flight, Hague and his Russian commander were forced to abort their mission when their rocket booster failed to detach once they reached zero gravity. The escape tower was jettisoned and the two astronauts found themselves blazing through the sky, having to abort the mission. Hague’s actions and calm demeanor during the incident are credited with ensuring the safety of the crew as they landed the rocket back on earth.
Reilly is being recognized as an “outstanding Air Commando instrumental in the Global War on Terroism.” She distinguished herself over the course of four deployments, including the successful execution of multiple high-visibility missions against top targets in terrorist networks.
The Jabara Award is named in memory of Col. James Jabara (1923-1966), who is the first American and Air Force jet ace. The award is presented to Academy graduates who have made outstanding contributions in airmanship. Each major air command, field operating agency, including the National Guard and Reserve, and direct reporting unit may submit one nomination for the award.
Notable Jabara winners can be found at: www.usafa.org/Heritage/Jabara_Award.