Tan Son Nhut Military Order of the Dragon

Tan Son Nhut Supreme Military Order of the Dragon


In 2013, the Board of Directors approved the establishment of this Award to recognize continuing contributions to the Tan Son Nhut Association. Requirements for this Award are that the person be a previous Dragon Award recipient and who has, by his or her efforts, contributed significantly to the operation of the Association for a sustained period of time.



Tan Son Nhut Military Order of the Dragon


In 2007, the Board of Directors approved the establishment of this Award to recognize extraordinary performance and activities by a member of the Tan Son Nhut Association which advances the stated purposes of the Association.  Those purposes, distilled from Article 1, Section 3, of our Bylaws, are:  (1) perpetuate the history of Tan Son Nhut Air Base, especially as it existed from 1959 to 1975; (2) to recognize and honor those who served at or were affiliated with the base; and (3) to conduct benevolent, cultural, educational, and social programs of benefit to the Associations members and others.

The Award, called the Tan Son Nhut Military Order of the Dragon, was so named because the Dragon Symbolizes power and excellence, valor and audacity, heroism and perseverance, nobility and divinity.   A Dragon defeats all obstacles until achieving success.  It is energetic, decisive, optimistic, intelligent, and ambitious.  In Vietnam, the Dragon is considered the most important and sacred symbol and the universe, the life, the existence, and the growth.

Written nominations for the Award, setting forth specific justification in support of the nomination, are submitted either to the President (for members of the Board) or to the Board (for everyone else).  If anyone believes a person is worthy and should be nominated for the Award, do not hesitate to take action!





Tan Son Nhut Anchor Award


In 2012, the Board of Directors approved the establishment of this Award to honor any member who is steadfast in allegiance to the association; one who has attended most of our reunions, regardless of the cost, location or time of year; or a member who can be called upon to help as needed, a "go to" person.




Tan Son Nhut Golden Knight Award


In 2012, the Board of Directors approved the establishment of this Award to honor any member or non-member who has a prolonged record of helping the poor, the homeless, the underprivileged or who assists veterans of any era and their families.





Recipients




2016


     JERNIGAN, Johnnie, 460th Armament and Electronics Maintenance Squadron (Navigation Shop), Supreme Military Order of the Dragon

     JERNIGAN, Sharon, Wife of Johnnie Jernigan, 460th Armament and Electronics Maintenance Squadron (Navigation Shop), Military Order of the Dragon

     BESSETTE, John, Husband of Carol Bessette, Headquarters, 7th Air Force, Anchor Award

     GARD, Deborah, Wife of Dean Gard, 377th Services Squadron, Golden Knight Award

     CLARK, Catherine, Tan Son Nhut Association Scholarship Recipient





2015


     CHAFFEE, Bob, Base Chaplain, Supreme Military Order of the Dragon

     PLUNKETT, George, 1st Mobile Communications Group, Supreme Military Order of the Dragon


     COUP, Bill, 460th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing, Military Order of the Dragon

     NIVENS, Kerry, 377th Support Group, POL, Military Order of the Dragon


     PEELE, Michelle, Wife of John Peele, 460th Field Maintenance Sq., Anchor Award


     PLUNKETT, Trish, Wife of George Plunkett, 1st Mobile Communications Group, Golden Knight Award

     GALLOWAY, Dr Gracie Liem, Wife of Joe Galloway, Golden Knight Award






2014


     CARVELL, Richard A., 12th Reconnaissance Intelligence Technical Squadron (Photo Lab OIC), Military Order of the Dragon


     GOODMAN, Bennie L., 8th Aerial Port Squadron, Air Cargo Specialist, Anchor Award

     ROBERTSON, Robbie, 1964th Communications Squadron, Anchor Award


     BONTYA, George A., 377th Civil Engineer's Squadron (Sign Shop), Golden Knight Award

     CSORDAS, Andy, Special COMSEC Support Detachment , Golden Knight Award

     CSORDAS, Rena, Wife of Andy Csordas, Golden Knight Award





2013

     FRY, Larry E., Detachment 8, 2nd ADVON, Supreme Military Order of the Dragon

     PENLEY, Charles E., 377th Combat Security Police Sq, Supreme Military Order of the Dragon

     SALISBURY, Wayne D., 7th Air Force (DM), Supreme Military Order of the Dragon


     BESSETTE, Carol S., Headquarters, 7th Air Force, Military Order of the Dragon

     BOONE, Harold, 460th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing, Military Order of the Dragon

     GALES, Robert R., 377th Combat Support Group, Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, Military Order of the Dragon


     JERNIGAN, Sharon, wife of Johnnie Jernigan, Anchor Award

     JONES, Janice H., sister of Charles Penley, Anchor Award

     PARKER, Sue Ellen, wife of Don Parker, Anchor Award


     HATFIELD, Harlan N., 460th Armament and Electronics Maintenance Sq (PMEL), Golden Knight Award

     TESSIER, Thomas N., 377th Security Police Squadron, Golden Knight Award





2012

     BRYAN, Dale F., Detachment 2, 30th Weather Squadron, Military Order of the Dragon

     LAYMON, Robert C., 377th CAMS, Scatback T-39, Crew Chief, Military Order of the Dragon

     SALISBURY, Tobey, TSNA Secretary/Treasurer, Military Order of the Dragon


     CARLSON, Mary Ann, Wife of William C. Carlson, Anchor Award

     CARLSON, William C., 377th Supply Squadron, Anchor Award

     COUP, William A., 460th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing, Anchor Award


     STEWART, James A., 377th Security Police Sq, Sentry Dog Handler, Golden Knight Award





2011

     CHAFFEE, Bob A., Chaplain, 377th Combat Support Group, Military Order of the Dragon

     GARD, Dean, 377th Services Squadron, Military Order of the Dragon

     REDLINSKI, Gary T., US Army Mortuary, Graves Registration ID Spec., Military Order of the Dragon

     WARRINGTON, James M., Chaplain, 377th Combat Support Group, Military Order of the Dragon





2009

     FRY, Lois F., Tan Son Nhut Association Treasurer, Military Order of the Dragon

     JERNIGAN, Johnnie H., 460th Armament and Electronics Maint. Sq, Military Order of the Dragon

     NORVILLE, Jerry L., Medical Service Corps, Advisor to VNAF, Military Order of the Dragon

     PLUNKETT, George R., 1st Mobile Comm Group / 1961st Comm, Military Order of the Dragon





2008

     FRY, Larry E., Detachment 8, 2nd ADVON, Military Order of the Dragon

     PARKER, Don E., 360th Tactical Electronic Warfare Sq, Military Order of the Dragon

     PENLEY, Charles E., 377th Combat Security Police Sq, Military Order of the Dragon

     PEELE, John, 460th Field Maintenance Sq, Military Order of the Dragon

     SALISBURY, Wayne D., 7th Air Force (DM), Military Order of the Dragon





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