The Valor Award


Valor: val·or (n) — strength of mind or spirit that enables a person to encounter danger with firmness; personal bravery

The Valor Award presentation was initiated shortly after World War II to recognize a military aviator that performed a feat of courage or bravery during the prior year, as determined by an Aviators' Post panel.

Our first recipient was General Henry "Hap" Arnold, Commander of the Army Air Forces during World War II.

The Valor Award was written into official Air Force regulations in 1953. In 1970, it was expanded to include a member of each of the three services who performed "a conspicuous act of valor or courage during an aerial flight" the preceding year. The Army and Navy published their official Regulations recognizing the award at that time.

Valor Award recipients are now chosen at the highest levels of their respective service and approved by the office of the corresponding Chief of Staff.

Aviators' Post Valor Award recipients are a select few and represent a proud tradition.


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Valor Award Recipients: