POVA recognizes the career and historical contributions of its members to the field of military psychological operations as well as to continuing service to our fellow soldiers and veteran members of the Association. POVA's formal recognition and award activities include:
The Exemplar of Military Psychological Operations. This most significant award and honor was first created and conferred in 2016. It will be conferred in the future on those PSYOP soldiers and veterans whose careers and contributions demonstrate substantial commitment to the profession and our Association. This award requires approval of a majority of the POVA Board (officers and Trustees). For 2016, this prestigious award was conferred on two of POVA's long-serving Life Members; two retired PSYOP soldiers whose careers were the very embodiment of commitment, honor and service: COL-Ret. Alfred H. Paddock Jr., and MAJ-Ret. Raymond P. Ambrozak. Read the citations for the 2016 Recipients of the Exemplar of Military Psychological Operations award:
The Presidents' Roster. POVA's Presidents provide significant leadership, commitment, and energy to our Association and bring the credibility of POVA to ongoing activities of the Army's Reserve and Active Psychological Operations units. POVA Presidents are included on this roster upon election. In addition, upon completion of office tenure, the President is awarded an engraved gavel to commemorate years of dedicated service to our Association and its members. Read the Roster of POVA Presidents.
POVA Life Member and immediate Past President Mike Stoeckert was named the first-ever President Emeritus of the Association in recognition of his long-standing leadership of POVA from 2008 through 2016.
POVA's first ever Humanitarian Award was awarded to Dr. William Forgey, a POVA Life Member who has been a sustaining supporter and contributor of POVA since its earliest days.
Other Significant Awards
POVA officers and members have received recognition and awards from a variety of organizations located at Ft. Bragg over the past years. Some of these have included:
"Hero of the Regiment" designation awarded by the US Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School, (USAJFKSWCS) to POVA Past Presidents
John Henry “Jack” O'Neil
Richard G. Hofmann
C. V. (Chad) Spawr
MG Robert A. McClure Gold Medal awarded by USAJFKSWCS to:
Chad Spawr, Co-Founder and Past President of POVA.
Raymond Ambrozak, POVA Life Member.
Lawrence Dietz, POVA Life Member and Honorary Colonel of the PSYOP Regiment.
Jack N. Summe, POVA Life Member.
MG Robert A. McClure Bronze Medal awarded by USAJFCSWCS to John Henry "Jack" O'Neil, Co-Founder and Past President of POVA.
Distinguished Member of the Regiment (DMOR), awarded by the Psychological Operations Regiment to
POVA Life Member Dr. Alfred Paddock
POVA Life Member Curtis Boyd
POVA Life Member Raymond P. Ambrozak
POVA Life Member Miguel Hobbs
POVA Life Member Timothy Fitzpatrick
POVA Member Doug Elwell
POVA Life Member Jim Treadwell
USSOCOM Commando Hall of Fame inducted POVA Life Member Raymond P. Ambrozak
Honorary Members of the Psychological Operations Regiment
POVA Life Member Dr. Jared Tracy
POVA Member Mr. Douglas Elwell