Norman P. Hays Award

Sponsored by The Institute of Navigation


To recognize outstanding encouragement, inspiration, and support contributing to the advancement of navigation.


Given in memory of Norman P. Hays, an outstanding navigator, able engineer, and competent manager, who, after a distinguished career as an operational Air Force officer, demonstrated unusual ability as an executive in industry. His managerial career came to an untimely end with his accidental death on July 4, 1965.


Individuals engaged in management of the military services, civil government, or industry.


Nominations for this award may be submitted by anyone, but all nominations must be in conformance with ION nomination standards. Recipients need not be members. Those received in correct form by October 15 will be considered.

Submit a Nomination

Nominations can be submitted online, by fax to 703-366-2724, by email to or by mail to:

Chair, Awards Selection Committee
The Institute of Navigation
8551 Rixlew Ln., Suite 360
Manassas, VA 20109


Nominations must be received by October 15. Submissions received after the closing date will not be considered.


The presentation of this award is a highlight of the ION International Technical Meeting.

Past Recipients

1999: Mr. Charles R. Trimble
1998: George V. Kinal
1997: Robert Loh
1996: Ron Braff
1995: Capt. James A. Lovell, USN (Ret.)
1994: Jerry W. Bradley
1993: Dr. Calvin O. Culver
1992: Col. Lawrence P. Graviss, USAF
1991: Dr. P. Kenneth Seidelmann
1990: Charles S. Bridge
1989: Samuel B. Claypoole
1988: Eugene J. DeNezza
1987: Keith McDonald
1986: Maurice J. Moroney
1985: Morris M. Kuritsky
1984: Col. Clifton A. Calvez, USAF
1983: Don H. Pickrell, Jr.
1982: Roland Peterson
1981: Lt. Col. Gaylord B. Green, USAF
1980: Thomas J. Montgomery
1979: Robert G. Christiansen
1978: Dr. B. Paul Blasingame
1977: Maj. General John W. Hepfer, USAF
1976: Captain Alfred E. Fiore, USMS
1975: Raynor L. Duncombe
1974: Col. Robert O. McCartan, USAF
1973: Dr. Paul V. Osburn
1972: Jeff Schmidt
1971: Col. Leonard R. Sugermen, USAF
1970: Howard J. Tindall, Jr.
1969: Richard Brandon Kershner
1968: Gene R. Marner
1967: Dr. Robert Clifton Duncan