The purpose of this award is intended to recognize the overall Top Gun for the 157th Tactical Fighter Squadron for the previous year.
All F-16 pilots who have been flying with the 157th Tactical Fighter Squadron for the past twelve months are eligible.
An individual must have qualified in all events required to be MR (Combat Ready) for the previous year. The events for Top Gun are: 20 degree-low angle low drag, 10 degree-low angle bomb, and 0 degree-visual level bomb, and finally, low angle strafe. All day record and non-record bombs, and strafe on score-able ranges are counters.
Nomination and Selection Procedures
All scores for the previous twelve months are evaluated and a selection is made by the 157th Tactical Fighter Squadron Commander and Weapons Officer according to a combination of lowest CEA (best bombs), and the highest strafe average.