HISTORY OF THE DOD ENLISTED AIDE OF THE YEAR AWARD
The Enlisted Aide of the Year was created at a meeting of Ed Manley (then Military Hospitality Alliance President) and Mary Starkey (Starkey International). CSCS Martin Mongiello receives credit for putting Mr. Manley and Ms. Starkey together. CMSgt Gary Murdock and CMSgt Pat Moore created the framework of the award. The first meeting was facilitated by CSC Jerry Beck, and also included CMSgt Gary Murdock, FSCS Louis Bello-Leon, MGYSgt Andrew Schneider.
Chief Moore approached the USO President, Elaine Rogers, and asked them to consider including the presentation of the EA of the Year Award in conjunction with their Salute to Military Chefs dinner, since the majority of those chefs were working for the senior military leaders (CJCS, VCJCS, COS Air Force, COS Army, CNO, Marine Corps Commandant). She thought it was a great idea and that her program would get more support and add another significant moment to the evening. She agreed and then Chiefs Moore, Murdock and Beck put the meeting together to come up with the timeline of submissions and involved Ms. Starkey and Ed Manley into the judging of the candidates. Now, an active duty General or Admiral presides over the judging panel, along with the wife of a General or Admiral and representatives of each service.
Thanks to the generosity of Elaine Rogers, Kathy Carroll and the USO, the award has always been distributed at the annual Salute to Military Chefs dinner hosted by the USO at the Ritz Carlton Hotel, Pentagon City. The dinner is attended by 180 senior military and civilian government officials.
In 2012, the WWE donated an official Championship Belt in a display box, which will be a rotating trophy, held in the office of the senior person in that service, such as in 2012 in the office of the Commandant or Sgt. Major of the Marine Corps. They are also donating a championship ring, which the individual will keep.
Winners of the Award:
2003 was the first year and only two services participated, Air Force and Coast Guard. The winner was FS2 Lorraine Terry, Enlisted Aide to the Commandant of the Coast Guard Academy.
2004 was won by the Marine Corps, GYSgt Patrick Modrisky, Aide to the then Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Peter Pace.
2005 was won by the Army, MSG Michael Haug (SOCOM, MacDill Air Force Base)
2006 was won by the Coast Guard, FS1 Andrew Proulx, Aide to the Commandant of the Coast Guard, Admiral Thad Allan.
2007 was won by the Navy, CSC Benny Brockington, Senior Aide to the Commander, Central Command, Admiral Fallon.
2008 was won by the Air Force, MSgt Craig Duclos, Senior Aide to the Commander, Pacific Air Force, General Chandler.
2009 was won by the Air Force, MSgt Clayton Cooper, Senior Aide to the Commander, Air Combat Command, General Fraser.
2010 was won by the Navy, CSC Wes Tavares, Senior Aide to the Chief of Naval Operations
2011 was won by the Marine Corps, SSgt Charles Hughes, Marine Aide to the Commandant of the Marine Corps.
2012 was won by the Marine Corps, MSgt Brian Brazil, Marine Aide to the Deputy Commandant of the Marine Corps.
2013 was won by the Army, Sgt Sarah Deckert, Enlisted Aide to the Surgeon General of the Army.
2014 was won by the Coast Guard, FS1 Sammy Paone, Enlisted Aide to the Commander, 17th District, Juneau, Alaska
2015 was won by the Army, SSG Marc Susa, Enlisted Aide to the Army Chief Information Officer
2016 was won by the Army, FSC Derek Johnson
2017 was won by the Army, MSG Scott Strippoli