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Wing names Sijan Award nominees

PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The U.S. Air Force honors Air Force personnel who exhibit the highest example of professional and personal leadership standards with the Lance P. Sijan Award. 

The award was first given in 1981. It was named in honor of the first Air Force Academy graduate to receive the Medal of Honor. 

Captain Sijan was shot down over Vietnam on Nov. 9, 1967, and evaded capture for 45 days despite severe injuries. He later died while in a Vietnamese prisoner-of-war camp and was presented the Medal of Honor posthumously for his heroism. 

The 45th Space Wing is proud to announce its 2007 nominees for the Sijan Award: 

Field Grade Officer 
Lt. Col. Scott Traxler 
45th Operations Group 

Company Grade Officer 
Capt. Robert Corby 
45th Medical Support Squadron 

Senior Noncommissioned Officer 
Senior Master Sgt. Virginia Gilliard 
45th Medical Support Squadron 

Noncommissioned Officer 
Tech. Sgt. William Hight 
45th Civil Engineer Squadron