KNIGHT OF THE HONORABLE ORDER OF ST. MICHAEL
Awards Presentation Ceremony
"The Order of Saint Michael recognizes individuals who have contributed significantly to the promotion of Army Aviation in ways that stand out in the eyes of the recipient's seniors, subordinates, and peers. These individuals must also demonstrate the highest standards of integrity and moral character, display an outstanding degree of professional competence, and serve the United States Army Aviation community with distinction."
"The award recipient(s) will now come forward."
Awarding Officer reads the Award History:
"Saint Michael is referred to in Biblical writings as an archangel who wages war against evil. He is known as the heavenly prince or champion charged specifically to guard and defend others. He is legendary as the leader of angels who fought a war in heaven and conquered the dragon and cast it down from the skies. Saint Michael's battles are an allegory of the struggle between good and evil. Throughout the centuries, Saint Michael has been depicted with a sword fighting or standing over a conquered dragon."
"The legendary image of Saint Michael defeating the dragon exemplifies the bravery and gallantry that we associate with aviation Soldiers and those who support them. Saint Michael was assisted by other arch angels in his ultimate defeat of evil. Saint Michael and his angelic warriors demonstrate the boldness and resolve of aviation on the battlefield. Today, those who support the Army aviation community are viewed as an integral component of the success our warriors experience on today's battlefields around the globe.
Awarding Officer reads the recipient's accomplishments.
Awarding Officer presents the recipient with the Knight of the Honorable Order of Saint Michael Medallion and reads the following:
"Appearing before a most arduous and discriminatory committee of tried and proven Army Aviators and Aviation Patriots, be it known that (name) was found worthy of special recognition for outstanding contributions to the community of Army Aviation and is hereby inducted as a Knight of The Honorable Order of Saint Michael."
"The archangel Saint Michael is the embodiment of courage, justice, and gallantry. So too, the aforementioned individual embodies these qualities and represents excellence in aviation. Therefore, the President of the Army Aviation Association of America, acknowledges that this patriot is due special honor and respect for now and posterity."
"Given under my hand this (date) day of . [read name on the certificate] President, Army Aviation Association of America. Congratulations."
Remarks by the award recipient.
Awarding Officer concludes the Award Ceremony.