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. 
  • 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
  • Senior nominees are individuals who are outside of 10 years from their optometry school graduation date regardless of time in federal service 
  • From the nominations 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. 

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 Capt Frank Kuchera at kuch5130@pacificu.edu and
Dr. Joseph Pruitt at
pruitt.joseph@gmail.com

 

 Submissions for the 2017 Service-specific OD of the Year, Service-specific Junior OD of the Year, ORION Award, Reserve OD of the Year and the COL Bzdula AFOS Student of the Year should be emailed by July 1, 2017. The winners of the Service-specific Awards will then compete for the AFOS OD of the Year and Junior OD of the Year.

All 2017 awards will be presented at an official ceremony during the AFOS Annual meeting prior to AAO. Recipients will be notified by August to allow for travel planning.

The nomination 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. Nominations must be 2,000 words or less, not including cover page. There is no word limit for ORION Award nominations. If possible, please include a photo and separate bio, 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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