Kilgore Wilson Award webJames R. “Rick” Kilgore, Ph.D., PA-C, director of the Physician Assistant Program in the UAB School of Health Professions, was recently awarded the Gill Rob Wilson Award by the Civil Air Patrol (CAP), the official auxiliary of the United States Air Force. The Wilson Award is presented to senior officers who have dedicated themselves to leadership and personal development in the CAP and have completed Level V training requirements.

Kilgore (pictured right, on the left) is a major in CAP and chief of staff of the Alabama Wing Headquarters based at Maxwell Air Force Base (AFB). As a member of the Alabama Wing staff he is a search and rescue and counter-drug pilot, as well as a health service officer. He has served in senior command or leadership positions for the past five years and recently completed the CAP’s capstone course, the National Staff College, which qualified him for this prestigious award.

“It is an honor to serve the citizens of this community, state and county,” said Kilgore. “I appreciate the opportunities that have been afforded me that allowed me to achieve this premiere award. I feel I have received far more than I have given and never take for granted this training and the impact it has on me as an individual.”

The event was Saturday, August 10, 2013, at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery. Kilgore was presented his award by Alabama Wing Commander Colonel J. Bradford Lynn. The Wilson Award is the premiere award for senior member professional development.