Senior Air Force civilians presented Presidential Rank Awards

WASHINGTON – Nine senior civilians, including four from the Air Force Materiel Command and its subordinate units, were recognized during the annual Presidential Rank Awards Ceremony at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, July 6, 2018.

“Each of you has developed deep competence in your area of expertise,” said Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson, who presided over the ceremony. “You’re recognized and respected for that by your peers, your subordinates and by other leaders in the Air Force and the Department of Defense.”


Presidential Rank Awards recognize extraordinary achievements by career executives in federal service. These awards recognize the top individuals who have made significant and lasting contributions to their agency and the federal government.

In addition to delivering meaningful results, nominees must demonstrate the highest level of leadership competencies including leading change and leading people. Extraordinary executive leaders model these critical abilities by taking on some of the most difficult organizational challenges as well as developing a strong and diverse workforce for the 21st century.

“There are a lot of people who want to work for and with you,” Wilson said. “You create high-performing teams dedicated to something that’s important, something that’s beyond each of us as individuals.”

The awards feature two categories: distinguished and meritorious. Nominations are evaluated by boards of private citizens and approved by the president. Patricia Young, AFMC Executive Director, was recognized as a distinguished senior executive during the event. Meritorious executive honors were awarded to C. Douglas Ebersole, Air Force Research Laboratory executive director (retired) and Steven Wert, program executive officer for Battle Management, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center. Kenneth Barker, technical advisor for Systems Engineering, AFLCMC, received the meritorious senior-level professional recognition.

The full list of those honored during the ceremony include:

Distinguished Senior Executive

Patricia Young

Distinguished Senior Executive

Executive director, Air Force Material Command

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base

Randall Walden

Distinguished Senior Executive

Director and program executive officer, Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office,

Office of the Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Air Force

Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, D.C.

David Drake

Distinguished Senior Executive

Technical advisor for Information Technology,

Communication and Information Directorate,

National Air and Space Intelligence Center

Wright-Patterson AFB

Meritorious Senior Executive

Andrew Cox

Meritorious Senior Executive

Director, Space Security and Defense Program

Air Force Space Command

Peterson AFB, Colorado

C. Douglas Ebersole (Retired)

Meritorious Senior Executive

Executive director

Air Force Research Laboratory

Wright-Patterson AFB

D. Mark Peterson

Meritorious Senior Executive

Chief financial officer/comptroller

U.S. Special Operations Command

MacDill AFB, Florida

Steven Wert

Meritorious Senior Executive

Program executive officer for Battle Management,

Air Force Life Cycle Management Center

Hanscom AFB, Massachusetts

Robert Bussian

Meritorious Senior Executive

Special advisor for Innovation Intelligence

System Support office,

Office of the Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Air Force

Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

Meritorious Senior Level Professional

Kenneth Barker

Meritorious Senior Level Professional

Technical Advisor for Systems Engineering


Wright-Patterson AFB

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