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NEWS | July 2, 2018

Airmen honored at ALS graduation

By James Bowman Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs

Five Airmen were honored during the Airman Leadership School Graduation Ceremony June 28, 2018, at Joint Base Charleston, S.C. ALS is a five-week course encompassing lessons of principles of supervision and management, the importance of communication and military professionalism.

Among the awards given was the John L. Levitow Award, the highest honor an ALS graduate can earn, presented to the Airman who demonstrates the most outstanding leadership and scholastic achievement throughout the course. To be eligible for the award, a graduate must rank in the top one percent of his or her class. Staff Sgt. Clayton Cupit, 1st Combat Camera Squadron, was the recipient.

The award is named for John Lee Levitow, a United States Air Force Loadmaster who received the Medal of Honor for exceptional heroism during wartime. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for his acts of heroism while serving on board a Douglas AC-47 Spooky gunship of the 3rd Special Operations Squadron USAF on Feb. 24, 1969. He became the lowest ranked serviceman in the Air Force to receive the Medal of Honor, the United States military's highest honor.