2 Air Force scientists from New Mexico receive honors

Kirtland Air Force Base
Kirtland Air Force Base (sky News 13 KRQE)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – Two chief scientists who work at the Air Force Research Laboratory in New Mexico have been honored with the 2015 Presidential Rank Award.

Air Force officials made the announcement Monday, saying the awards were presented to Robert Peterkin and Greg Spanjers last week during a ceremony in Washington, D.C.

The awards are given annually to a small number of senior government executives and professions for extraordinary service. There were 13 winners this year.

Spanjers oversees the development of advanced space technologies for critical Air Force missions including intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.

Peterkin is responsible for all Air Force research and development in the areas of high-energy lasers, high-power microwaves and advanced optical technologies for space applications.

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