Armed Forces Optometric Society
 

Awards

The Armed Forces Optometric Society is committed to recognizing excellence within the field and within our organization. Below is a listing of our four major awards and the criteria on which they are judged and nominated.

 

OD and Junior OD of the Year (OD Template) (Jr. OD Template)

  • Recognizes significant contributions to the advancement of AFOS and Optometry. 
  • Nominees must be an active AFOS and AOA member.
  • Nomination to come from member’s senior officer or qualified individual.
  • Judged by a minimum panel of 5 Active AFOS optometrists serving on the Awards Committee who have been members of AFOS for at least 2 years. These members are selected from various branches of service.
  • Junior nominees must be within 10 years of graduation from Optometry school at the time of nomination, regardless of time in federal service.

  • There will be an initial Service-specific Award recipient selected for each of the following five services: Army, Navy, Air Force, VA, and Public Health. These recipients will then compete for the AFOS OD and Junior OD of the Year Awards. 

  • Nominations of 500-600 well-chosen words are adequate. Nominations may not exceed 2,000 words.

Orion Award (Orion Template)

  • Highest honor that AFOS can bestow for most significant contributions to the advancement of AFOS and Optometry.
  • Individuals and organizations are eligible, though if the nominee is a member of any Federal Service, they must be an active member of AFOS and AOA.
  • Any active AFOS member may submit a nomination.
  • AFOS executive council votes on the nomination and there is a maximum of 3 recipients per year.

Reserve OD of the Year (Reserve Forces Template)

  • Recognizes significant contributions to the advancement of AFOS and Optometry.
  • Awarded to an Associate AFOS member who is not eligible to be an Active AFOS member but is an Active AOA member.
  • Nomination to come from member’s senior officer or qualified individual.
  • Judged by a minimum panel of 5 Active AFOS optometrists serving on the Awards Committee who have been members of AFOS for at least 2 years and 2 Associate AFOS Members. These members are selected from various branches of service.

Student Award (COL Bzdula AFOS Student Award) (Student Template)

  • Recognizes significant contributions during Optometry Student Status within the professional realm of Optometry and Federal Service.
  • Must be an active AFOS and AOA Student member.
  • Candidate must be enrolled in one of the accredited Schools of Optometry and not have graduated at the time of the submission.
  • Nomination to come from any AFOS member or qualified individual familiar with the student’s accomplishments.
  • Judged by a minimum panel of 5 active AFOS optometrists serving on the Awards Committee who have been members of AFOS for at least 2 years.  These members are selected from various branches of service.

All submissions must be e-mailed to Maj Frank Kuchera at kuch5130@pacificu.edu and
Dr. Joseph Pruitt at
pruitt.joseph@gmail.com by July 1, 2017.

 

Nominations should encompass all accomplishments including those over the course of the nominee’s career. Examples include: accomplishments throughout military career, involvement in AFOS/AOA, service to optometry, service to a political subdivision, and service to the public. If possible, please include a head and shoulders photo and professional biography, although this is not required.

  •  Junior OD”  is defined as an Optometrist within 10 years of graduation from Optometry school, regardless of age or time in service.
  • An active AFOS/AOA member is a member who is in “good standing”. Already applied and dues are up to date at time of submission.
  • An Associate AFOS/ Active AOA member is a member who is in “good standing”. Already applied and dues are up to date at time of submission.
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