International Council of Air Shows

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

Tinker Air Force Base, OK2019
MacDill Air Force Base, FL2018
Maxwell Air Force Base, AL2017
MCCS/MCAS Iwakuni, Japan2016
Niagara Falls Air Reserve Statio2015
Naval Air Station Oceana, VA2014
Airpower Arkansas, Little Rock A2012
Nebraska Air National Guard, Lin2011
139th AW/Missouri ANG2010
Naval Air Station Oceana, VA2009
Rhode Island Air National Guard 2008
Marine Corps Air Station Miramar2007
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
Neptune Festival Air Show, NAS O2000
Naval Air Station New Orleans, L1999
Naval Air Station Oceana, VA1998
Canadian Forces Base Borden, ON1997
Naval Air Station Miramar, CA1996
Rhode Island Air National Guard 1995
Marine Corps Air Station El Toro1994
Naval Air Station Miramar, CA1993
Selfridge Air National Guard Bas1992
Naval Air Station Cecil Field, J1991
Naval Air Station Norfolk, VA1990
Ellsworth Air Force Base, SD1989
Naval Air Station Lemoore, CA1988