Congratulations to James E. Knott Professor Iain Boyd for receiving the US Air Force Chief of Staff Award for Exceptional Public Service, the highest non-military award given by the leading four-star general of the United States Air Force.
This award was founded to “pay tribute to private citizens for their sustained unselfish dedication, contributions and exceptional support to the Air Force.” Recipients are identified as:
- Embodying dedication, patriotism, and personal sacrifice which has resulted in significant contributions to the Air Force.
- Demonstrating exceptional leadership and providing for the safety and welfare of Air Force personnel.
- Projecting positive community relationships which, in turn, have fostered positive mission accomplishment.
According to the award committee:
“Dr. Iain Boyd distinguished himself in the performance of outstanding service to the United States Air Force as a member of the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board from October 2010 to 20 September 2017, as the Vice Chair from 2014-2016. During this period, Dr. Boyd volunteered more than four hundred and fifty days of service to the US Air Force… As the Scientific Advisory Board Chair, Dr. Boyd oversaw 173 recommendations from the Board to the Secretary of the Air Force, directly impacting the future direction of nuclear surety, test and evaluation, cyber security and quantum systems. Dr. Boyd’s leadership during the 2016 Directed Energy Maturity for Airborne Applications and the 2014 Technology Readiness for Hypersonic Vehicles studies ensured senior leaders had detailed knowledge to effectively leverage and strategically plan for the implementation of emerging technology.”