Several thousand cadets were able to witness Col. Nick Hague and Maj. Caitlin Reilly receive the 2019 Colonel James Jabara Award. Hague graduated from the Academy in 1998 and is now an astronaut, and Reilly graduated in 2007 to become a special operations pilot. The Jabara Award was established in 1967 by the Jabara family, the Association of Graduates, and the Academy. Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin were on a mission to the ISS in 2018 when a malfunction caused their capsule to detach from the rocket and make a ballistic landing back to earth. During a deployment to Afghanistan in 2018, Reilly gathered intelligence that led to the rescue of three hostages, the removal of 23 high-value targets, and the death of 274 enemy militants.
The Crossroads of Special Operations