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<ul><li><p>USNA ALUMNI ASSOCIATION MISSIONTo serve and support the </p><p>United States, the Naval Service, </p><p>the Naval Academy and its Alumni; </p><p>By furthering the highest standards at </p><p>the Naval Academy; By seeking out, </p><p>informing, encouraging and assisting </p><p>outstanding, qualified young men and </p><p>women to pursue careers as officers in </p><p>the Navy and Marine Corps through </p><p>the Naval Academy; and, By initiating</p><p>and sponsoring activities which will </p><p>perpetuate the history, traditions, </p><p>memories and growth of the </p><p>Naval Academy and bind Alumni </p><p>together in support of the highest </p><p>ideals of command, citizenship </p><p>and government.</p><p>Serving the Alma Mater and</p><p>its Alumni since 1886</p></li><li><p>1LIEUTENANT GENERALWILLIAM M. KEYS 60, USMC (RET.)</p><p>HONORING</p><p>MR. JAMES W. KINNEAR III 50 ADMIRALFRANK B. KELSO II 56, USN (RET.)</p><p>REAR ADMIRALBENJAMIN F. MONTOYA 58, CEC, USN (RET.)</p><p>ADMIRALHENRY G. CHILES JR. 60, USN (RET.)</p></li><li><p>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. </p><p>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.</p><p>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.).</p><p>10TH ANNIVERSARY</p></li><li><p>3MEDAL PRESENTATION4:30 p.m. </p><p>INTRODUCTION OF DISTINGUISHED GRADUATES FOR 2008</p><p>INVOCATION</p><p>THE NATIONAL ANTHEM</p><p>WELCOME AND REMARKSVice Admiral Jeffrey L. Fowler 78, USN</p><p>Superintendent, U.S. Naval Academy</p><p>PRESENTATION OF DISTINGUISHED GRADUATE AWARD MEDALS</p><p>Admiral Carlisle A.H. Trost 53, USN (Ret.)Chairman of the Board, U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association</p><p>and Midshipman Zerbin Singleton 08Brigade Commander</p><p>REMARKS Distinguished Graduate Recipients of 2008</p><p>NAVY BLUE &amp; GOLD</p><p>DEPARTURE OF THE OFFICIAL PARTY</p><p>PROGRAM</p></li><li><p>4James W. Kinnear III was born in Pittsburgh, PA, in 1928and attended St. Pauls School in New Hampshire before</p><p>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.</p><p>Fifteen days after graduation Jim married Mary Tullis,whom he met on a blind date while at the Academy. The Korean</p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p>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 </p><p>MR. JAMES W. KINNEAR III </p></li><li><p>5oilfields and laboratories. He attributed his leadership and problem-solving skills tohis time at the Naval Academy.</p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p>CLASS OF 1950</p></li><li><p>Frank Benton Kelso II hailed from Fayetteville, TN, beforebeing shocked by the system at the Naval Academy, according</p><p>to the 1956 Lucky Bag. He was also described as an avid golferand always industrious and jovial, he possessed the attributesof a good leader.</p><p>Following graduation in 1956, he served on the cargoship USS OGLETHORPE (AKA-100) before attending</p><p>Submarine School in 1958. He was assigned to the submarineUSS SABALO (SS-302) before returning to Submarine School for</p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p>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. </p><p>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</p><p>6</p><p>ADMIRALFRANK B. KELSO II, USN (RET.) </p></li><li><p>7CLASS OF 1956</p><p>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.</p><p>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 to put women in combat jets and on combat ships. Admiral Kelsoeliminated vestiges of an old and embedded culture to make way for a brighterfuture for all. Our core values of honor, commitment and courage were initiated onhis watch.</p><p>Upon his retirement, Admiral Kelso remained very active with the Navy andthe Naval Academy. He was a senior Fellow at the Armed Forces Staff College,offered many of his personal effects to the Lincoln County Museum in Tennesseefor permanent display, was the Reaffirmation Day speaker for the Class of 2006, hasbeen a tireless fundraiser for his class, enjoys presenting the Frank B. Kelso Class of1956 award during Commissioning Week, delivered the first Forrestal lecture inAlumni Hall, and is a trustee emeritus of the Naval Academy Foundation Athleticand Scholarship Division. He also continues to consult with Congress and industryon defense matters.</p><p>Admiral Kelso has been described as a 4.0 sailor who brought sponsorshipof terrorism to a standstill. Todays Navy is benefiting from his contributions andsense of direction that he sustained and passed on to those who followed, whichincludes a son and son-in-law currently serving as squadron commanders. He andhis wife Landess live in Fayetteville, TN. </p></li><li><p>Benjamin Franklin Montoya was born in Indio, CA, andgraduated from Coachella Valley High School. During his</p><p>years at the Naval Academy, Bennie was an ace chucker forthe baseball team, according to the Lucky Bag, beating Armyin his youngster year and serving as captain in 1958. He wasa Striper in the 5th Company and known also for a bigheart. He was commissioned an Ensign in the Navy Civil</p><p>Engineer Corps.Rear Admiral Montoya earned a bachelors degree in civil</p><p>engineering from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1960 and was thenassigned to Long Beach Naval Shipyard as Resident Engineer. In 1964, he wasdeployed to Guam with Naval Mobile Construction Battalion Three, followed byVietnam where he led an advance party in country to supervise the construction ofthe first base camp built by SeaBees in Da Nang. He returned in 1966 to Chu Lai,constructing a base camp, supply point, hospital and a Marine Corp helicopter base.</p><p>He returned to Port Hueneme, CA, as a Lieutenant Commander and the mostjunior CEC Chief Staff Officer of the 31st NCR in CEC history.</p><p>A masters degree in environmental studies from the Georgia Institute ofTechnology in 1967 followed, which he utilized for the Navy from Puerto Rico toCalifornia. 1974 found him in Washington, DC, as director of the NavysEnvironmental Quality Division getting the Navy up on environmental compliance.In 1977 he became responsible for compliance for the entire Department of theNavy. He earned a law degree from Georgetown University to cover the legal aswell as physical aspects of compliance.</p><p>Because of his superior performance as the Navys environmental expert, RearAdmiral Montoya assumed his first command in 1981 as Commanding Officer ofthe Navy Public Works Center in San Diego, followed by Commander, WestDivEngineering Command, San Bruno in 1984. He was promoted to Rear Admiral in1986, serving in the office of the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Logistics).During this time, he provided vital support to the Superintendent, Admiral CharlesLarson 58, USN, in securing the funding for Alumni Hall.</p><p>8</p><p>REAR ADMIRALBENJAMIN F. MONTOYA, CEC, USN (RET.)</p></li><li><p>He retired from the Navy in 1989 as Chief of the Navy Civil Engineer Corpsand Commander of the Naval Facilities Engineering Command, attaining the highest position for an active duty Civil Engineer Corps officer. During his career,Rear Admiral Montoya was awarded the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, twoLegions of Merit, the Bronze Star with Combat V for service in Vietnam, and anumber of other citations. Upon retirement, HENAAC awarded him their 1989Hispanic Engineer of the Year. He has also received multiple accolades and awardsfrom the private sector for his service and leadership.</p><p>His work continued after retirement, as Rear Admiral Montoya joined PacificGas and Electric in San Francisco where he became a senior vice president and general manager of the gas supply business unit. In 1993 he became president andCEO of the Public Service Company of New Mexico and the chairman of theboard in 1999.</p><p>In 2006, Rear Admiral Montoya was appointed to the NASA Advisory Councilas a member of the Space Operations Committee. That same year he was honoredwith membership into the National Academy of Construction for his work on theNavys major shore facilities environmental restoration program (1970-1981), asDirector of the Environmental Protection Division of the Office of the Chief ofNaval Operations, and as Chief of the Civil Engineers Corps. He was inducted intothe National Academy of Engineering in 2001. He has served on multiple boardsand for the past 11 years, he has served as chairman of the CEC/SeaBee HistoricalFoundation. He was appointed by the President of the United States to the 1995Base Realignment and Closure Commission and the Naval Academy Board ofVisitors, which he chaired for two years.</p><p>Rear Admiral Montoya has been described as one of the most accomplishedcivil engineers in the history of the United States Navy and a man of action.With his great personal integrity and high sense of honor Ben stands in thefront ranks of distinguished Americans. He resides in northern California with hiswife of nearly 50 years, Virginia. They have seven children and 17 grandchildren.</p><p>9</p><p>CLAS...</p></li></ul>