We offer medals to local JROTC and ROTC programs which are presented around the country by individual chapters.
In addition, we present awards to the military academies. I had the opportunity to present two of these in person this year.
First, was the award at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. I was the invited guest at the Color Parade. It was wonderful to see all the Midshipmen march by. This was followed by lunch and the actual award ceremony. DFPA awards a sword to the Midshipman that Excels in Knowledge of Naval Tactics. This year's awardee was Midshipman Yash Khatavkar. He plans to attend Stanford for graduate studies and go on to become a navy pilot. He also received an award from the USAA for Community Service.
|Midshipman Yash Khatavkar, NSDFPA National President Kimberly Nagy, Presenter from USAA|
The following week, I traveled to Colorado Springs, Colorado to present an award to the Air Force Academy. First, we toured the academy grounds where I saw the beautiful chapel and the visitors center. We also watched the Thunderbirds practice their flyover for the actual commencement ceremony later that week. We award an eagle and eaglet statue to the Cadet who Excels in all aspects of Political Science. Our awardee was Cadet Lucas Beissner who also plans to attend Stanford.
|NSDFPA National President Kimberly Nagy, Cadet Lucas Beissner, Colonel Cheryl Kearney|
DFPA also presents awards at the Coast Guard Academy, West Point, and the Merchant Marine Academy, but I was unable to attend those this year.