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Weather Modification Field Meteorologist Distinguished Service Award

This award is presented to exemplary weather modification field meteorologists who have provided outstanding services in the conduct of weather modification operations and/or research.  The award recognizes their dedication, skills and professionalism, which contribute(d) significantly to the success of field programs, and reflects(ed) favorably on the profession and the WMA.  Recipients are chosen by the Awards Committee from nominations directed to the Committee.  It is not mandatory that this award be presented each year.

Weather Modification Pilot/Technician Distinguished Service Award

This award is presented to exemplary weather modification pilots or technicians who have provided outstanding services in the conduct of weather modification operations and/or research.  The award recognizes their dedication, skills and professionalism which contribute(d) significantly to the success of field programs, and reflects(ed) favorably on the profession and the WMA.  Recipients are chosen by the Awards Committee from nominations directed to the Committee.  It is not mandatory that this award be presented each year.

Weather Modification Administrator Distinguished Service Award

This award is presented to exemplary administrators who have provided outstanding services in the support of weather modification operations and/or research.  The award recognizes their dedication, skills, and professionalism, which contribute(d) significantly to the success of these programs, and reflects(ed) favorably on the profession and the WMA.  Recipients are chosen by the Awards Committee from nominations directed to the Committee.  It is not mandatory that this award be presented each year.

The Awards

Each recipient receives a complimentary one-year membership in the WMA, plus a framed certificate. 

Nominees

Individuals who have provided service of consistently high quality are good candidates for these awards.  Candidates can be individuals who have retired from active participation in field programs, as well as those who are currently active.  The distinguished service awards are lesser in scope than the Schaefer and Thunderbird Awards, but afford well-deserved recognition to those whose efforts make operations and research in the field successful.

The Nomination Process

Written nominations for these awards are submitted to the Awards Committee for consideration.  Each nomination must include sufficient information regarding the nominee's type and duration of service, plus statements pertaining to their dedication, skills and professionalism, to allow assessment and comparison with others by the Committee.

Schedule

Nominations are solicited for the first presentation of these awards at each Annual Meeting.  Since recipients of these awards include exemplary retired or inactive individuals, two awards in each category (meteorologist and pilot/technician) may be presented at the 2004 Annual Meeting, providing somewhat of a "catch up" option.  Beginning with the 2005 Annual Meeting, one award in each category will be allowed.

 
     
  Weather Modification Pilot/Technician
Distinguished Service Award
 
 
Recipient Year Location
James M. Wood 2003 Rapid City, South Dakota
Hans P. Ahlness 2003 Rapid City, South Dakota
Roger S. Tilbury 2004 Fresno, California
Tommy A. Rader 2004 Fresno, California
Donald Duckering 2004 Fresno, California (see below*)
Fred Clark 2005 Rockville, Maryland
Kyle Spencer 2007 San Francisco, California
Jody Fischer 2014 Reno, Nevada
Jean-Yves Renior 2016 Long Beach, California
 
     
  Weather Modification Field Meteorologist
Distinguished Service Award
 
 
Recipient Year Location
David L. Newsom 2003 Rapid City, South Dakota
Donald Duckering 2004 Fresno, California (see below*)
Gary Riley 2006 San Antonio, Texas
Todd Flanagan 2010 Santa Fe, New Mexico
Duncan Axisa 2010 Santa Fe, New Mexico
Dan Risch 2011 Park City, Utah
Dan Gilbert 2013 San Antonio, Texas
Mark Schneider 2013

San Antonio, Texas

Larry Hjermstad 2015 Fargo, North Dakota
Derek Blestrud 2016 Long Beach, California
 
     
  Weather Modification Administrative
Distinguished Service Award
 
 
Recipient Year Location
LeNor Dollinger 2007 San Francisco, California
Gary Walker 2009 Anaheim, California
Barry Lawrence 2010 Santa Fe, New Mexico
Tommy Shearer 2010 Santa Fe, New Mexico
Hilda Duckering 2012 Las Vegas, Nevada
Erin Fischer 2014 Reno, Nevada
 
     
  *Don Duckering was recognized for his contributions as both a pilot and meteorologist and received a single award noting each.  
 
 
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