Writing effective awards is not as difficult as you may think. It just takes a little time and remembering some basic guidelines. The first thing is to write the award for an audience that does not know the intended recipient. While you may think the person is deserving of an award because you have seen all of their great accomplishments, that doesn’t mean the members of the Wing, Region, or NHQ Awards Board knows that individual as well. Simply doing their job does not warrant an award so statements such as, “Capt Jones excelled as the squadron ES officer” are empty. If you add just a little to it like, “Capt Jones excelled as the squadron ES officer. In the past twelve months the number of GTM3 qualified members tripled” adds context and shows impact.