Lone Sailor Awards Dinner 2015
The Lone Sailor Award is given to Sea Service veterans who have excelled with distinction in their respective careers during or after their service. The 2015 award recipients will join an impressive list of men and women who have distinguished themselves by drawing upon their military experience to become successful in their subsequent careers and lives, while exemplifying the core values of Honor, Courage and Commitment. Here are the 2015 honorees:
ADM James S. Gracey - Retired 17th Commandant of the United States Coast Guard
Admiral James S. Gracey served as the 17th Commandant for the United States Coast Guard from 1982 to 1986. He served in a number of flag officer assignments prior to becoming commandant including as commander of the Cleveland-based Ninth Coast Guard District with responsibility for the Great Lakes area; commander of the San Francisco-based 12th Coast Guard District and Pacific area with responsibility for the Pacific Ocean area; and commander of the Governors Island, New York-based 3rd Coast Guard District and Atlantic area with responsibility for the U.S. Eastern seaboard and Gulf Coast.
During his tour as commandant, Admiral Gracey maintained the service through difficult annual budget battles, successfully fought attempts to privatize U.S. Coast Guard functions and directed the Atlantic Strike Team to battle a Virginia fire, the largest in Coast Guard history. Under Admiral Gracey, the U.S. Coast Guard maintained its position as a national defense force supporting U.S. military operations that included the 1983 invasion of Grenada.
Admiral Gracey also directed the service during Operation Blue Lightening, a combined U.S. Coast Guard and Bahamian force which seized record amounts of illegal drugs. Other high profile operations included U.S. Coast Guard participation in the Challenger SAR case and the UNITAS program which strengthened the service’s ties with Caribbean nations. During his service, Admiral Gracey received the Secretary of Treasury Commendation for Achievement Ribbon, the Coast Guard Letter of Commendation, the Meritorious Service Medal and the Legion of Merit award as well as other honors.
In addition to his military service, Admiral Gracey served as chairman of the Cleveland Federal Executive Board, chairman of the Great Lakes Basin Commission’s Standing Committee on Transportation and vice chairman of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway Winter Navigation Board.
Admiral Gracey graduated from the U.S Coast Guard Academy with a bachelor’s degree in engineering and a commission of ensign in 1949. In addition, he received a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard University. He currently resides in Arlington, Virginia.
J. William Middendorf II - Former Ambassador to The Netherlands, former secretary of the Navy, US Navy veteran
Robert S. Morrison - Retired Vice Chairman, PepsiCo; former chairman and CEO Quaker Oats, US Marine Corps
C. Michael Petters - President and CEO, Huntington Ingalls Industries, US Navy veteran
For a list of previous Lone Sailor Award recipients, click here
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