There will be multiple awards presented at the 2022 Future Force Capabilities Conference & Exhibition for the Armaments Division. Below you will see the awards that will be presented as well as the link to nominate a worthy candidate.
Deadline to submit nominations is close of business Friday, June 3.
The Ambrose Award
The Ambrose Award is established and presented periodically to recognize an Industrial Firm which, in the opinion of the Small Arms Committee Executive Board, has made outstanding contributions to the field of small arms systems. An outstanding contribution is characterized by exemplary commitment and contribution to the Armed Forces by delivering superior materiel that meets required operational capabilities and supports a high level of force readiness in the conduct of warfighting activities or homeland defense. Such contributions may be shown through a record of continual demonstration of emerging technologies, development of products and systems, establishment of enhanced production capabilities and integration of innovative weapons systems and supporting products and services required by the DoD and Allied countries.
The Ambrose Industry Award is named in honor of former Under Secretary of the Army, James R. Ambrose because of his recognition of the value and contribution of industry in meeting the needs of our National Defense. This was made unmistakably clear during his tenure from 1981-1988 as Under Secretary of the Army during the Presidency of Ronald Reagan. He was a major force in the post Vietnam modernization of all small arms weaponry where new and improved versions of the M16, M249, and M9 were purchased in large quantities as a result of industry competitions.
To nominate for the 2022 Ambrose Award, please access this link here.
The Chinn Award
The Chinn Award is presented annually to honor a government or industry individual who, in the opinion of the Small Arms Committee Executive Board, has made significant contributions to the field of small arms and/or infantry weapons systems. A significant contribution is considered to be a creative invention, new design or innovative concept in small arms weapons, ammunition or ancillary equipment that provides an advancement in the state-of-the art or capability enhancement that clearly benefits the warfighting or general military capability of the U.S. The Chinn Award may also be conferred as recognition to an individual who has performed sustained superior service in a career field of science, engineering, test and evaluation, manufacturing program management, academic study and research, publishing or maintenance relating to military small arms or infantry weapons.
The Chinn Award is named in honor of LtCol George M. Chinn, USMC, a career Marine who dedicated his life to the study, development and refinement of machine gun mechanisms. LtCol Chinn is remembered for his work as a gun designer and for having compiled a five volume reference work entitled, “The Machine Gun.”
To nominate for the 2022 Chinn Award, please access this link here.
The Hathcock Award
The Hathcock Award is presented to recognize an individual who, in the opinion of the Small Arms Committee Executive Board, has made significant contributions in operational employment and tactics of small arms weapons systems which have impacted the readiness and capabilities of the U.S. military or law enforcement. A significant contribution is considered to be a superior performance of duties in an operational environment or the development of tactics or training.
The Hathcock Award is named in honor of Gunnery Sergeant Carlos N. Hathcock, II, USMC, a career Marine who dedicated his life to the service of this country in both the military and law enforcement communities. He was honest, tactful, considerate, courageous, quietly proud and determined in all things and all places from the range to the battlefield. "The Gunny" not only distinguished himself in combat as a scout-sniper, but also as a competitive marksman and trainer. In his capacity as a trainer, he not only significantly impacted the current United States Marine Corps Scout-Sniper Program, but also influenced the sniper programs of the other military services and similar law enforcement programs nationwide.
Such contributions would be easily recognized as "excellence" in industry leadership and responsiveness in cases where National security priorities require attention to meet urgent needs in either peace or war time.
To nominate for the 2022 Hathcock Award, please access this link here.
The Military Operations Award
The Military Operations Award is presented to recognize an individual, crew or unit who in the opinion of the NDIA Gun & Missile Executive Committee has made significant contributions in operational employment, tactics or combat applications of guns and ammunition and/or rockets and missiles which have impacted the readiness, capabilities or results of U.S. military activity. A significant contribution is considered to be superior performance in an operational environment, development of tactics, training or leadership.
To nominate for the 2022 Military Operations Award, please access this link here.
NDIA Professional Service Award
The NDIA Professional Service Award is presented annually, bestowed by the Armaments Division Executive Board, to a deserving candidate, whether from Industry or Government, to express the appreciation of the NDIA Armaments Division for the support the recipient has provided to the division.
The Trifiletti Award
The Trifiletti Award is presented by the NDIA Gun & Missile Executive Committee to recognize and honor an individual who has made a significant contribution benefiting the warfighter, thus strengthening national defense. This contribution can be in the areas of the advancement of technology, systems, system integration or to someone who through his work provided unique leadership resulting in changes and progress in the community.
The award is named in honor of Mr. Robert Trifiletti who made significant contributions to the advancement of technology, and by whose leadership many other accomplishments benefiting the warfighter came to fruition. The award is open to anyone in the gun and ammunition or rocket and missile community. NDIA membership is not required.
To nominate for the 2022 Trifiletti Award, please access this link here.