The Military Chaplains Association maintains three categories of annual awards. These awards are a reflection of two major MCA features – ministry profession advocacy and ministry profession support.
The David E. White Leadership Award
Established in 2005 by the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA). Chaplain David E. White, former MCA Executive Director and Past National President was the first recipient. Recognizes lifetime commitment as a chaplain, vision for Joint service and inter-agency collaboration, and overall ministry professionalism. Selected by a committee from MOAA and MCA. Presented annually during the MCA National Institute. Recipients to date:
2005 – Rear Admiral David E. White, CHC, USN (Ret.)
2006 – Chaplain (Colonel) David Lapp, USA (Ret.)
2007 – Captain Stanley J. Beach, CHC, USN (Ret.)
2008 – Chaplain (Colonel) Leonard E. Stegman, USA (Ret.)
2009 – Chaplain (Lt. Colonel) Grover G. DeVault, USA (Ret.)
2010 – Captain S. David Chambers, CHC, USN (Ret.)
2011 – Chaplain, Colonel Edward T. Brogan, USAF (Ret.)
2012 – Chaplain (Colonel) Herman Keizer, USA (Ret.)
2013 – Chaplain Ronald C. Phelps, VA
Distinguished Service Award
Recognizes ministry excellence of chaplains in mid-career. Awards for Army, Navy, Air Force, Veterans Affairs, and Civil Air Patrol chaplains. Nominations forwarded to MCA by the five constituent Chief Chaplains. Presented annually during the MCA National Institute.
The National Citizenship Award
Recognizes individuals who make a significant contribution in public service and who support the values and needs of our nation’s military members and their families. Selected annually by the MCA National Executive Committee. Presented during the MCA National Institute.
The G. William Dando Volunteer Service Award
G. William Dando (LCDR, CHC, USN) became the Executive Director of the MCA in 1990 after his retirement from the Navy. He was endorsed by the Presbyterian Church (USA). Chaplain Dando joined the MCA in 1967 and became a Life Member in 1978. He was involved with governance and leadership of the Association for three decades until his death in 1997. Because of his leadership and the example he set, our award for volunteer service is named for him.