The Priddy Medal is given to a government official or private citizen. The medal acknowledges U.S. commercial airlines service to the United States government. It recognizes the contributions of an individual to the close relations between U.S. non-scheduled airlines and the Department of Defense, and to fulfillment of commercial air transportation requirements in the interests of national defense, in peace and in war, through the Civil Reserve Air Fleet partnership.
The Priddy Medal commemorates the many years of service by Ronald N. Priddy to promote contracted services performed by U.S. non-scheduled airlines for the U.S. Department of Defense. Mr. Priddy served in the U.S. Air Force for 25 years; his last position was Director of the Civil Reserve Air Fleet during the Persian Gulf War, 1990-1991; he retired in the rank of colonel in 1993. Mr. Priddy then joined National Air Carrier Association and served as its president from 2000-2007; he continues to act as special advisor to NACA’s Board of Directors after retirement from the association.
Recipients of the Priddy Medal:
- 2012: General Hansford T. Johnson (USAF-Ret.)
- 2013: Stan Burnstein, Omni Air International
- 2014: General Duane H. Cassidy (USAF-Ret),
- 2015: Jim Hlavacek, American Trans Air
- 2016: General John W. Handy (USAF-Ret.)
- 2017: D. Ross Fischer, Miami Air International
- 2018: Conrad Kalitta, Kalitta Air
- 2019: Merlin L. (“Merle”) Lyman, DOD Commercial Airlift Division
- 2020: General Paul J. Selva, (USAF-Ret.)