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Dick Schram Memorial Community Relations Award

A former Blue Angel, Commander Dick Schram was the U.S. Department of Defense Aviation Support Liaison Officer in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense. He had a wealth of knowledge and experience that he would share with anyone. Dick helped established shows, new shows, performers, writers and moviemakers. He did so enthusiastically and fairly. Schram died of a cerebral hemorrhage on June 29, 1987 at the age of 46. A second generation Naval officer, Dick was the son of the late Captain Dick Schram, known nationwide as the "Flying Professor" who thrilled air show audiences for more than 20 years.

The Dick Schram Memorial Community Relations Award is presented each year to the military base which in planning and implementing its air show or air event, not only exhibits traditional community relations as it considers the needs of its civilian neighbors, but sets new standards of excellence in this area by including its community in the planning, execution and rewards of the event. The selection panel for the award will be co-chaired by United States and Canadian military representatives (typically a committee of four).


Military base flying events, open houses and air shows are eligible for consideration for the community relations award. Consideration will be given only to properly completed applications, which include all the required submissions.

Nomination Procedure

Military bases nominate themselves for the Schram Award using a detailed and extensive nomination application.

Past Recipients

Edwards AFB, CA2023
Ellsworth AFB, SD2022
MCAS Cherry Point, NC2021
Tinker Air Force Base, OK2019
MacDill Air Force Base, FL2018
Maxwell Air Force Base, AL2017
MCCS/MCAS Iwakuni, Japan2016
Niagara Falls ARS, NY2015
NAS Oceana, VA2014
Airpower Arkansas, AR2012
Nebraska ANG, NE2011
139th AW/Missouri ANG, MO2010
NAS Oceana, VA2009
Rhode Island ANG , RI2008
MCAS Miramar, CA2007
Nellis Air Force Base, NV2006
Barksdale Air Force Base, LA2005
Fairchild Air Force Base, WA2004
Elmendorf Air Force Base, AK2003
Holloman Air Force Base, NM2002
Langley Air Force Base, VA2001
NAS Oceana, VA2000
NAS New Orleans, LA1999
NAS Oceana, VA1998
Canadian Forces Base Borden, ON1997
NAS Miramar, CA1996
Rhode Island ANG, RI1995
MCAS El Toro, CA1994
NAS Miramar, CA1993
Selfridge ANG, MI1992
NAS Cecil Field, FL1991
NAS Norfolk, VA1990
Ellsworth Air Force Base, SD1989
NAS Lemoore, CA1988