California Air Force Association 2014 Annual Convention:

Awards to California Air National and California State Military Reserve

Personnel and Units

The California Air Force Association (CAFA) held its annual convention from 14 to 16 August 2014 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. At the luncheon awards ceremony for CAFA members on 16 August, Colonel (CA) Martin Ledwitz was awarded the new CAFA Distinguished Service Award and placed in the new CAFA Hall of Fame with other inductees. Captain (CA) Eric Van Der Heide was awarded the Meritorious Service Award. In addition, Ledwitz was re-elected the CAFA Area 3 (Southern California) President, and also named the CAFA State Vice President. Van Der Heide was elected the CAFA Area 3 Vice President.

The military awards ceremony held that evening saw awards presented to the following California Air NG and Air CSMR units and personnel:

Air National Guard
ANG Unit of the Year: 144 Fighter Wing, Fresno
ANG Airman of the Year: SSgt Carlos Puga, 146 LRS, Channel Islands ANGB
ANG NCO of the Year: MSgt Robert R. Amador, 196 RS, March ARB
ANG SNCO of the Year: SMSgt John W. Milor, 144 CF, Fresno
ANG CGO of the Year: Capt Michael S. Yamamoto, 144 CF, Fresno
ANG FGO’s of the Year: Lt Col Esther C. Sablan, 129 AMS, Moffett Federal Field, Maj Todd C. Linton, 163 FW, March ARB and Maj Todd C. Linton, 163 FW, March ARB

California State Military Reserve
CSMR NCO of the Year: SrA Ashli L. Morgan, 146 AWSU, Channel Islands ANGB
CSMR Officer of the Year: 2Lt (CA) Patrick Leonard, 146 AWSU, Channel Islands ANGB

Martin Ledwitz is a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Air Force and Air Force Reserve.

He has a B.S. in Engineering from NYU, an M.S. in Environmental Engineering from Washington State University, and diplomas in Management and International Relations from Air University. He is the Father of President and Managing Partner Samuel B. Ledwitz of Bezaire, Ledwitz & Associates, APC