May 6, 2010 | On May 4, Wolfgang Drautz, the Consul General of Germany, presented UCAR’s Joach Kuettner with the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, one of the nation’s highest civilian honors. Joach, who turned 100 last September, attended the ceremony with his wife, Monika.
UCAR president Rick Anthes was on hand to emcee the event. After brief remarks, Drautz presented Joach with a medal and affixed a pin to his lapel. Following a champagne toast and dessert buffet, German glider pilots René Heise and Klaus Ohlmann delivered a lecture in Joach's honor entitled, "On the Wings of Wave Research,” speaking about their research and adventures as glider pilots in the Argentine Andes. In 2004, Ohlmann was awarded the Kuettner Prize, named in honor of Joach's airborne research, from the International Scientific and Technical Organization for Gliding (OSTIV).
Other attendees at the ceremony included Bernhard Juergen Bleise, Honorary German Consul of Denver; atmospheric scientist Renate Brummer (CSU), a recipient of the Federal Service Cross of the Federal Republic of Germany; several of Joach's friends from the Soaring Society of Boulder; two cadets from the German Air Force Academy; Jack Fellows, Maura Hagan, Karyn Sawyer, and other UCAR/NCAR staff.