An Award for Outstanding Service to the French Exchange
Since the inception of the Exchange in 1969, the Air Force Academy had been interested in recognizing the Exchange Cadet who exemplified the spirit of the program during his stay at the École de l'Air, as well as during the preparation phase for participation in the Exchange.
During the late 1980s, the Academy was contacted by the family of one of the former USAFA Exchangers to explore the possibility of creating an annual award to recognize the cadet who distinguished himself during his entire participation in the Exchange Program. With the support of the USAF Academy Association of Graduates and the direct involvement of the Department of Foreign Languages at the Academy, such an award program was created.
The award is endowed by the family and friends of John "Jay" Lequar and is sponsored by the Association of Graduates.
Selection of the award recipient is made by an ad hoc committee that evaluates various inputs –including those of fellow cadets in the same Exchange group– before making the selection.
A plaque is presented to that selectee during the Language Award Ceremony held in connection with Graduation Week activities.
A permanent plaque is displayed at the Academy honoring all past recipients.
WHO WAS JAY LEQUAR ???
John Jay Lequar, born in 1959, was a member of the USAFA Class of 1981 and participated in the Exchange in 1980. He became interested in the Exchange Program in his first year at the Academy, inspired by a former Exchanger, Philip McBride [EX'77].
His primary goal became to compete and qualify for the Exchange.
He conducted himself in an outstanding manner during his stay in Salon, embodying the spirit and purpose of the Exchange.
Following graduation from the Academy, Lieutenant Lequar underwent pilot training in Arizona. A few months later, on 20 November 1981, he was killed during a training mission while performing authorized acrobatics in a T-37 aircraft over the desert.
He was buried at the Academy the day after Thanksgiving 1981 with full military honors.
Both of Lieutenant Lequar's parents are now deceased. His father had served in the United States Army, both as a military man and as a civil servant.
His only sibling, a brother, resides in the Midwest.
|Past Recipients of the Jay LEQUAR Award|
|2000||Joseph "Jay" GEANY|
The General John K. Gerhart Fellowship is a two-year study program funded by the US Air Force Academy Association of Graduates for the benefit of one or two USAF Academy graduates every year.
All educational costs are paid from a trust fund established in the name of General Gerhart with the Air Force paying for the high cost of living in Paris for the two years of study.
Gerhart scholars study at two different schools and earn a French degree entitled "Certificat d'Études Politiques" from one of the very prestigious "Grandes Écoles" in France.
The American degree is awarded by Middlebury College, VT.
During their stay in Paris, Gerhart scholars assist the U. S. Defense Attaché Officeat the American Embassy in Paris. They have also organized informal reunions of former Exchangers during Paris Air Shows.
|Gerhart Award Recipients|
|1984||Evelyn SCANLON ROGERS|