There are four awards within Air Force Entertainment. Two, the Roger and Wilco (first and second place, respectively) are awarded at each Worldwide Talent Contest for the top two performers in each category. The "Tour Roger" is awarded to each TOPS IN BLUE team member at the end of the tour. These awards were first given to fortunate performers in 1953 at the first Air Force Worldwide Talent Contest and subsequent TOPS IN BLUE tour.
While the desire to become a part of TOPS IN BLUE is perhaps the biggest reason why people compete at Worldwide, among long-term associates of the Air Force Entertainment program the Golden Roger may be the most sought-after award. First awarded in 1972, its purpose is to honor and recognize those that have unselfishly devoted their time and expertise to the TOPS IN BLUE program.
People are nominated (unknowingly) for this award by prior Golden Roger recipients. Although being a 'prior' certainly helps, it is not a requirement. Some people who never served in the military or toured with TOPS IN BLUE are on this list.
These people are truly the best of the best.
GOLDEN ROGER RECIPIENTS:
1972 - Col Al Reilly (Creator of
TOPS IN BLUE)