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National Museum USAF receives Air Force Organizational Excellence Award

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  • By Rob Bardua
  • National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force recently received the Air Force Organizational Excellence Award for exceptionally meritorious service from July 1, 2014-June 30, 2016.


During this period the museum built and populated a new $40.8 million, 224,000 square foot fourth building to house four galleries – Presidential, Research and Development, Space and Global Reach, along with three science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) Learning Nodes, while simultaneously accomplishing its missions of telling the Air Force story to the American public and inspiring youth toward science, technology, engineering, math, and the Air Force.


The museum, in partnership with the Air Force Museum Foundation – which privately funded the fourth building, HQ Air Force Materiel Command, 88th Air Base Wing and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, completed the project on schedule and under budget, for the grand opening in Jun 2016. 


According to Museum Director Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Jack Hudson, receiving the Air Force Organizational Excellence Award is a tremendous honor.


“Receiving the Air Force Organization Excellence Award is a significant accomplishment for the museum because it recognizes the dedicated teamwork of so many people who came together to help make the fourth building possible,” said Hudson. “We take great pride in educating the public about the Air Force mission and inspiring our youth, and truly appreciate this recognition from the Air Force.”

The museum was previously recognized with the Aviation Trail, Inc. Trailblazer Award in 2016; Air Force Association’s Hoyt S. Vandenberg Award for most outstanding contribution in the field of aerospace education in 2016; the Air Force Heritage Award in 2016 and 2015; and the National Aviation Heritage Alliance Partner Recognition of Phenomenal Support Award in 2015.


The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio, is the world’s largest military aviation museum. With free admission and parking, the museum features more than 360 aerospace vehicles and missiles and thousands of artifacts amid more than 19 acres of indoor exhibit space. Each year about one million visitors from around the world come to the museum. For more information, visit



NOTE TO PUBLIC: For more information, please contact the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force at (937) 255-3286.


NOTE TO MEDIA: For more information, please contact Rob Bardua at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Public Affairs Division at (937) 255-1386.