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  • USNA ALUMNI ASSOCIATION MISSIONTo serve and support the

    United States, the Naval Service,

    the Naval Academy and its Alumni;

    By furthering the highest standards at

    the Naval Academy; By seeking out,

    informing, encouraging and assisting

    outstanding, qualified young men and

    women to pursue careers as officers in

    the Navy and Marine Corps through

    the Naval Academy; and, By initiating

    and sponsoring activities which will

    perpetuate the history, traditions,

    memories and growth of the

    Naval Academy and bind Alumni

    together in support of the highest

    ideals of command, citizenship

    and government.

    Serving the Alma Mater and

    its Alumni since 1886

  • 1LIEUTENANT GENERALWILLIAM M. KEYS 60, USMC (RET.)

    HONORING

    MR. JAMES W. KINNEAR III 50 ADMIRALFRANK B. KELSO II 56, USN (RET.)

    REAR ADMIRALBENJAMIN F. MONTOYA 58, CEC, USN (RET.)

    ADMIRALHENRY G. CHILES JR. 60, USN (RET.)

  • 2The 2008 Medal Ceremony marks the 10th year ofhonoring and celebrating the lives of alumni throughthe U.S. Naval Academy Alumni AssociationDistinguished Graduate Award program.

    Each year, distinguished graduates are honoredbecause of their demonstrated and unselfish commitment to a lifetime of service, their personalcharacter, and the significant contributions they have made to the Navy and Marine Corps or asleaders in industry or government. They are the living embodiment of the Academys mission todevelop leaders to assume the highest responsibilitiesof command, citizenship and government. Wehonor these five individuals for the principles theystand fortoday and always.

    The 2008 Distinguished Graduate Award selectioncommittee was chaired by Admiral Charles S. Abbot66, USN (Ret.). Members of the committeeinclude The Honorable Richard Armitage 67; Vice Admiral Daniel L. Cooper 57, USN (Ret.);Admiral Edmund P. Giambastiani Jr. 70, USN(Ret.); Lieutenant General Jack Klimp 68, USMC(Ret.); Captain James Lovell 52, USN (Ret.); Dr. William C. Miller 62 and Captain George P.Watt Jr. 73, USNR (Ret.).

    10TH ANNIVERSARY

  • 3MEDAL PRESENTATION4:30 p.m.

    INTRODUCTION OF DISTINGUISHED GRADUATES FOR 2008

    INVOCATION

    THE NATIONAL ANTHEM

    WELCOME AND REMARKSVice Admiral Jeffrey L. Fowler 78, USN

    Superintendent, U.S. Naval Academy

    PRESENTATION OF DISTINGUISHED GRADUATE AWARD MEDALS

    Admiral Carlisle A.H. Trost 53, USN (Ret.)Chairman of the Board, U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association

    and Midshipman Zerbin Singleton 08Brigade Commander

    REMARKS Distinguished Graduate Recipients of 2008

    NAVY BLUE & GOLD

    DEPARTURE OF THE OFFICIAL PARTY

    PROGRAM

  • 4James W. Kinnear III was born in Pittsburgh, PA, in 1928and attended St. Pauls School in New Hampshire before

    matriculating to the Naval Academy in 1946. The Lucky Bagwrote of Jamies cherubic countenance and idiotic sense ofhumor which fell short of his accompanying provocativegrin. He served in Brigade leadership positions and excelledacademically, graduating with distinction in 1950.

    Fifteen days after graduation Jim married Mary Tullis,whom he met on a blind date while at the Academy. The Korean

    War began five days later, so the honeymoon was short for Ensign Kinnear as hereported as Assistant Navigator aboard the USS BADOENG STRAIT soon after. Heserved three consecutive tours in Korean waters, resulting in seven engagement starsand a Navy Commendation medal for rushing to the aid of wayward parachutistsduring a refit in Japan.

    Following his sea duty, Lieutenant Kinnear served as the personal aide toComNine. His original focus on a naval career altered after his introduction to thepresident of Texaco. Impressed by the young officer, the executive offered him a jobonce his military service was done. In 1954, Kinnear took him up on the offer andjoined Texacos management training program where he pumped gas and washed carsat a Texaco station in Chicago before he ever got to make a management decision.

    Mr. Kinnear held sales positions for Texaco in Puerto Rico, Jamaica andHawaii, as well as positions in refining, marketing and transportation as he rose upthe ranks, making vice president in 1966, the same year he retired from theReserves as a Lieutenant Commander. He was elected to Texacos Board ofDirectors in 1977, became executive vice president in 1978, and president ofTexaco USA in 1982.

    In 1987 as the new president and CEO of Texaco Inc., Mr. Kinnear becamethe first chief executive to hold a full-fledged press conference in Texacos 85-yearhistory. I am absolutely determined to change the image of this company, heasserted. He didnt just change the imagehe pulled them through bankruptcy andmassive restructuring, putting a large focus on innovation and technology in the

    MR. JAMES W. KINNEAR III

  • 5oilfields and laboratories. He attributed his leadership and problem-solving skills tohis time at the Naval Academy.

    Gulf War I crossed paths with Texaco when their oil field between Kuwait andSaudi Arabia was occupied by Iraqi forces who blew up around 1,000 wells. As one of the few Westerners on the Saudi Aramco Board of Directors, Mr. Kinnearwas quick to take a leadership roll in reassuring Americans about their oil supplyand negotiating the reconstruction of the fields, starting with hiring experts toextinguish the well-publicized fires blazing.

    After his retirement in 1993, Mr. Kinnear became chairman of the board of theMetropolitan Opera, having received the National Medal of Art from PresidentGeorge H.W. Bush in 1992 for prior involvement with the Met. He has also beenon the boards of the Public Policy Institute, St. Pauls School, Paine Webber,Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Unilever, New York Botanical Gardensand Saudi Arabian Oil Company as the only non-Saudi where he worked toimprove Middle Eastern relations.

    He was one of the original members of the board of the Naval AcademyFoundation (retiring in 2007) and is a life member of the Alumni Association and amember of the Robert Means Thompson Society. Jim and his wife Mary establishedand endowed the James and Mary Kinnear Chair in Physical Sciences, the KinnearFellows Program, and the $1.4 million Directors Award. He has successfully raisedfunds for Naval Academys Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies and supportedhis classs Naval Academy Museum endowment. They reside in Greenwich, CT.

    Leaders, Mr. Kinnear once wrote, are driven by their dreams of success forthe enterprise, rather than for themselves. They lead by words and example. Theymust be accountable. And above all they must have and must project a strong senseof ethics. As a father, author, patent holder, hunter, gentleman and leader, he isthe personification of his own words, earning the respect of everyone he meetsand appreciating the importance of preserving Americas soul as well as itsstrength, say his peers.

    CLASS OF 1950

  • Frank Benton Kelso II hailed from Fayetteville, TN, beforebeing shocked by the system at the Naval Academy, according

    to the 1956 Lucky Bag. He was also described as an avid golferand always industrious and jovial, he possessed the attributesof a good leader.

    Following graduation in 1956, he served on the cargoship USS OGLETHORPE (AKA-100) before attending

    Submarine School in 1958. He was assigned to the submarineUSS SABALO (SS-302) before returning to Submarine School for

    nuclear power training in January 1960. He then served on the USS POLLACK(SSN-603), USS DANIEL WEBSTER (SSBN-626) and USS SCULPIN (SSN-590),steadily rising up the ranks.

    In subsequent tours, Admiral Kelso served as Commanding Officer NavalNuclear Power School, USS FINBACK and USS BLUEFISH. He then served asExecutive Assistant to the Commander in Chief, U.S. Atlantic Command and U.S. Atlantic Fleet and Supreme Allied Commander, Atlantic. He was assigned toreestablish and to command of Submarine Squadron Seven in 1977. Selected asRear Admiral in 1980, his Pentagon assignments included Director, StrategicSubmarine Division, Office of the CNO, and Director, Office of Program Appraisal,Office of the Secretary of the Navy.

    As Sixth Fleet Commander, Admiral Kelso led multiple successful actionsagainst Libya in the 1980s. Sixth Fleet forces intercepted the plane carrying the terrorists who commandeered the ACHILLE LAURO, setting a precedent for our military actions against current terrorist threats. This earned him a place in historyas one of the first successful leaders in the modern war on terrorism.

    He was promoted to four stars and assumed command of the U.S. AtlanticFleet in June 1986. Assignments to Commander U.S. Atlantic Command andNATOs Supreme Allied Command Atlantic followed in 1988.

    The Admirals career culminated in his appointment as the 24th Chief of Naval Operations, which he held from July 1990 to April 1994, facing the militarychallenges posed by Operation Desert Shield in 1990 and Operation Desert Storm

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    ADMIRALFRANK B. KELSO II, USN (RET.)

  • 7CLASS OF 1956

    the following year. He also took on the daunting task of directing a study on howto modernize and transition the Navy into the post-cold war 21st century. In 1993he held the post of Acting Secretary of the Navy while also CNO, the first to everhold both positions concurrently.

    While planning for the future of the Navy, Admiral Kelso was jolted back tothe present by the events of Tailhook in 1991. Many praised his subsequent revisions to officer and enlisted training to provide a continuum of education whichwould address the changing social issues of any era and hopefully provide betterforesight than the Navy possessed in 1991. In the spring of 1992, he endorsed anambitious plan

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