JABARA AWARD (copy)

Then Air Force Maj. Mark Visconi, who was presented the Jabara Award at the Air Force Academy dining hall in 2007. The award is given for outstanding airmanship.

An Air Force Academy graduate who received the school’s annual award for exemplary airmanship was sentenced this week to five years in prison on child porn charges.

Col. Mark Visconi, 48, of Fairfax, Va., used an online network known for trading child pornography to download illegal images and videos, according to a Tuesday news release from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

In addition to prison time, Visconi must serve 15 years of supervised release, pay restitution, and complete 50 hours of community service that include speaking or writing about his experience and conviction, the news release states.

He is a 1993 graduate of the Air Force Academy, a spokesman for the Colorado springs military school said.

Visconi, a former special operations instructor pilot and Arabic linguist, received the Col. James Jabara Award for Airmanship in 2007 at the Air Force Academy.

The award recognizes academy graduates “whose accomplishments demonstrate superior performance in fields directly involved with aerospace vehicles.” He received the award for training members of Iraq’s air force on how to conduct counterinsurgency operations, according to the Air Force.

A list of award winners on the academy’s Association of Graduates, omitted Visconi’s name and the year in which he won it, 2007

The organization did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

At the time he received the award, Visconi was set to move from Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina to the Air Force Academy, according to an Air Force story on his receipt of the award.

The academy did not respond Wednesday to The Gazette’s request for the years Visconi was stationed at the school.

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