Awards List

Here is a list of the awards available from the Air Defense Artillery Association.

The History of Saint Barbara and Molly Pitcher

The patron Saint of Air Defenders is Saint Barbara. She will protect against thunderstorms, fire and explosions. 

Mary Hays McCauley was an artillery wife that stepped in to provide pitchers of water to the soldiers during the Battle of Monmouth in 1778. When her husband fell wounded, she took the rammer staff and manned a gun. For her heroic role, General George Washington issued her a warrant as a noncommissioned officer. Saint Barbara

Air Defenders worldwide honor our current members through the presentation of Saint Barbara and Molly Pitcher awards.

The Honorable Order of Saint Barbara

The Honorable Order of Saint Barabara recognizes those individuals who have demonstrated the highest standards of integrity and moral character, have displayed an outstanding degree of competence, and served the United States Army Air Defense Artillery Branch with selflessness. Individuals must have significantly contributed to the promotion of the Air Defense Artillery branch in ways that stand out in the eyes of the recipient’s seniors, subordinates, and peers alike.

Nominations for the Honorable Order of Saint Barbara must be made by a member of the Honorable Order of Saint Barbara and approved by a member of the Ancient Order of Saint Barbara. The Air Defense Artillery Commandant reserves the right to waive any requirements. All Honorable Order of Saint Barbara nominees must be an ADA Association member. Those who are not current members will need to follow the proper procedures to procure membership with the ADA Association.

The Ancient Order of Saint Barbara

The more distinguished of the two levels of the Order of Saint Barbara. This honor recognizes the select few individuals who stand above their peers of the Honorable Order of Saint Barbara. The criteria for accession into the Ancient Order are to have made extraordinay contributions through long-term service for, or on behalf of,  the United States Army Air Defense Artillery branch. The Ancient Order is reserved for those members whose careers have embodied the spirit, dignity, sense of sacrifice and commitment epitomized by Saint Barbara. Membership in the Honorable Order is a prerequisite for membership in the Ancient Order of Saint Barbara.

The Honorable Order of Molly Pitcher

Molly PitcherThe Honorable Order of Molly Pitcher recognizes those individuals who have voluntarily contributed in a significant way to the improvement of the Air Defense Artillery Community.

Nominations for the Honorable Order of Molly Pitcher must be made by a member of the Honorable Order of Saint Barbara and approved by a member of the Ancient Order of Saint Barbara. All nominees or their spouses must be an ADA Association member. Those who are not or whose spouses may not be members will need to follow the proper procedures to procure membership with the ADA Association

The Esteemed Order of Molly Pitcher

The Esteemed Order of Molly Pitcher is the more distinguished of the two levels of awards. It recognizes those individuals who stand above their peers in the Honorable Order of Molly Pitcher. The criteria for accession into the Esteemed Order are to have made extraordinary voluntary long term contributions through service for, or on behalf of, the Air Defense Artillery branch. Esteemed Molly Pitcher nominees must have also contributed in a significant way to the improvement of the Air Defense Artillery community.

Award Packet Procedures

Honorable Order of Saint Barbara and Honorable Order of Molly Pitcher
Please review the Award SOP before proceeding with the nomination.
All nomination packets must be complete upon submission. Coordinate with the ADA Association office with any questions for packet completion.

AWARD SOP

ORDER FORM: Honorable Order of Saint Barbara

ORDER FORM: Honorable Order of Molly Pitcher

1. All nominees for Honorable Order of Saint Barbara and Honorable Order of Molly Pitcher must be current members of the United States Air Defense Artillery Association. Molly Pitcher nominees are not required to be ADA Association members as long as their spouse is a member. If this is the case, on the Award Order Form under the ADA Association membership number area, please insert the ADA Association membership number and full name.

2. Completion of the Award Order Form to include:

  • Signatures (nominating authority, approving authority*, cardholder signature for payment)
  • POC Information
  • ADA Association Membership numbers
  • Ceremony dates
  • Total cost
  • Payment information

* If you do not have an Ancient Order of Saint Barbara recipient in your chain of command to sign as the approving authority please attach a memo to the nomination packet indicating:

  • The reason for not having an approving authority
  • Stating the commander approves the request
  • Listing the names of the nominees
  • Signed by the commander

3. A short bio and a 2-3 paragraph write up, to include:

  • Any and all significant contributions your nominee has made to the Air Defense Artillery branch and your unit
  • Dates that support your nominee’s requirements listed in the Award SOP (i.e. command timeframe 5 May 2015- 5 May 2016, platoon sergeant timeframe, Detachment Sergeant timeframe…)
  • Officers (CPT) nominations need to include their DA 1059 for CCC
  • All nominee's will need to include their ORB or SRB

4. Submit your completed packet to officeadmin@firsttofire.net

The timeline is as follows (keep in mind this is a suggestion, timelines are subject to reviewers' availability). If timelines are not met a Letter of Lateness from the Unit is required to complete the packet.

  • Between October and January:
    No later than 8 weeks prior to the event
  • The rest of the year:
    CONUS: No later than 6 weeks prior to the event
    OCONUS: No later than 8 weeks prior to the event

If you have multiple nominees, PLEASE include them all on ONE award order form with ONE form of payment for all awards and individual memorandums for each nominee. Do not turn in multiple award order forms for the same brigade or battalion. Please remember all nominations are reviewed and hand-selected by the Commandant and are very important to us, so your patience is appreciated.

Ancient Order of Saint Barbara and Esteemed Order of Molly Pitcher
Please review the Award SOP before proceeding with the nomination.
All nomination packets must be complete upon submission. Coordinate with the ADA Association office with any questions about packet completion.

AWARD SOP

ORDER FORM: Ancient Order of Saint Barbara

ORDER FORM: Esteemed Molly Pitcher

1. All Ancient Order nominees must first be Honorable Order of Saint Barbara recipients and current members of the ADA Association. All Esteemed Order of Molly Pitcher nominees must first be Honorable Order of Molly Pitcher recipients and they or their spouse must be current members of the ADA Association.

2. Nominations for the Ancient Order of Saint Barbara and the Esteemed Order of Molly Pitcher MUST be made by a member of the Ancient Order of Saint Barbara.

  • The Nominating Authority for the Ancient Order of Saint Barbara is the first ADA Colonel (06) in the chain of command. If no ADA Colonel exists in the chain, authority reverts to the first ADA Brigadier General (07) in the chain of command

3. Completion of the award order form to include:

  • Signature (approving authority, cardholder signature for payment)
  • POC Information
  • ADA Association membership numbers
  • Ceremony dates
  • Total cost
  • Payment information

4. Include a detailed memorandum.

  • This memorandum is a synopsis of the nominee’s military and educational career, highlighting major contributions to the branch. It should contain sufficient detail about the candidate.
  • Dates that support your nominee’s requirements listed in the award SOP (i.e.Brigade command timeline, Brigade Command Sergeant Major timeline….)
  • Nominees for the Ancient Order of Saint Barbara will need to include their ORB or SRB.

5. Submit your completed packet to officeadmin@firsttofire.net

The timeline is as follows (keep in mind this is a suggestion, timelines are subject to reviewers' availability). If timelines are not met a Letter of Lateness from Unit is required to complete packet.

  • Between October and January:
    No later than 8 weeks prior to the event
  • The rest of the year:
    CONUS: No later than 6 weeks prior to the event
    OCONUS: No later than 8 weeks prior to the event 
Thank you for your nominations. The Association looks forward to supporting Air Defense Artillery soldiers and family members.