Perrin, the son of former Cherokeans John and Donese Perrin, received the award at the annual MCAA Awards Dinner at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, on February 5, 2009.
Major Perrin is a 1994 graduate of the United States Naval Academy. He was designated a USMC aviator in October 1996 and assigned as a CH-53E helicopter pilot. Following training, he was assigned to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 466 in Miramar, California, and deployed overseas three times - to Kuwait, Okinawa, and Djibouti, Africa, in support of Marine operations.
Major Perrin was then selected to be an instructor at the Marine Weapons and Tactics Squadron One, in Yuma, Arizona. While there, Major Perrin deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, in January 2003 and April 2004. Following his tour at MAWTS -1, he was selected to Test Pilot School in Patuxent River, Maryland, in 2005.
Major Perrin has been the lead H-53 test pilot for Air Test and Evaluation Squadron Two One (HX-21) since 2007, and also serves as the H-53 Platform Coordinator and Attack Assault Department Head. He has over 3000 flight hours in over 30 different aircraft, and has been awarded the Navy Commendation Medal three times, as well as the Navy and Marine Achievement Medal.
He has also earned a Masters Degree in Technical Management from Johns Hopkins University.
Major Perrin is married to the former Shannon Guthrie of Portland, Oregon, and the couple have three children - John, Todd, and Samantha.
As a side note, Major Perrin's brother Luke, also a graduate of Cherokee Washington High School, was a Captain in the United States Air Force, stationed at Rapid City, S.D., and is now the Physician in charge at the new Veteran's Administration Clinic in Ft. Dodge.
Major Perrin and Dr. Perrin are the grandsons of Jack and June Perrin of Cherokee.