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<ul><li><p>1Program Guide 2012 SEPHIA_Q8.qxp_Layout 1 3/12/12 12:32 PM Page 1</p></li><li><p>2The 2012 Distinguished Graduate Award medal ceremony</p><p>marks the 14th year of honoring and celebrating the lives of</p><p>alumni through the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association</p><p>Distinguished Graduate Award program. </p><p> Each year, distinguished graduates are honored because of</p><p>their demonstrated and unselfish commitment to a lifetime of</p><p>service, their personal character and the significant contributions</p><p>they have made to the Navy and Marine Corps or as leaders in </p><p>industry or government. They are the living embodiment of </p><p>the Academys mission to develop leaders to assume the highest</p><p>responsibilities of command, citizenship and government.</p><p>We honor these five individuals for the principles they stand</p><p>fortoday and always.</p><p>Admiral Sylvester R. Foley Jr. 50, USN (Ret.)</p><p>The Honorable Daniel L. Cooper 57</p><p>Captain Bruce McCandless II 58, USN (Ret.)</p><p>Vice Admiral John R. Ryan 67, USN (Ret.)</p><p>Mr. Daniel F. Akerson 70</p><p>FOLEY COOPER McCANDLESS RYAN AKERSON</p><p>2012 DISTINGUISHED GRADUATE AWARD RECIPIENTS</p><p>Program Guide 2012 SEPHIA_Q8.qxp_Layout 1 3/12/12 12:32 PM Page 2</p></li><li><p>3It is my great honor and privilege to welcome</p><p>you to the 14th annual U.S. Naval Academy</p><p>Alumni Association Distinguished Graduate</p><p>Award Ceremony at the U.S. Naval Academy.</p><p>I am very pleased to personally welcome </p><p>the 2012 Distinguished Graduate Award </p><p>recipients into an elite group of alumni who</p><p>have served the Naval Academy and the </p><p>nation with distinction. </p><p>Today, you, the 2012 Distinguished</p><p>Graduates, become part of a proud tradition</p><p>of honoring alumni who exemplify the </p><p>values and missions of the Naval Academy.</p><p>Today you join the ranks of men who have</p><p>selflessly contributed to our alma mater and</p><p>the nation. You serve as an inspiration to your</p><p>families, your classmates, fellow alumni and</p><p>the Brigade of Midshipmen who have </p><p>gathered with you today to recognize your</p><p>accomplishments. I offer to each of you my</p><p>most sincere and heartfelt congratulations.</p><p> While there are many people involved</p><p>in making the Distinguished Graduate Award</p><p>medal ceremony a signature event at the</p><p>Academy, I want to take this opportunity to</p><p>express my sincere gratitude to the Selection</p><p>Committee. These individuals come together</p><p>and embrace the enviable yet arduous challenge</p><p>2012 U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association </p><p>Distinguished Graduate Award </p><p>Selection Committee</p><p>Rear Admiral Thomas Lynch 64, USN (Ret.)</p><p>Admiral Joseph Prueher 64, USN (Ret.) </p><p>Vice Admiral Norbert Ryan Jr. 67, USN (Ret.)</p><p>Rear Admiral John B. Padgett 69, USN (Ret.)</p><p>Major General Leo Williams 70, USMCR (Ret.)</p><p>Colonel Arthur Athens 78, USMCR (Ret.)</p><p>Mr. Byron Marchant 78</p><p>Captain Maureen Cragin 85, USNR (Ret.)</p><p>of selecting distinguished graduates from a</p><p>long list of many deserving alumni. I am</p><p>proud to chair the committee and continue</p><p>to be impressed with the level of dedication</p><p>from the group. </p><p>Please enjoy todays ceremony celebrating</p><p>the life and accomplishments of these </p><p>remarkable alumni. Congratulations again,</p><p>and thank you for all you have doneand</p><p>continue to dofor the Naval Academy, the</p><p>naval service and the country.</p><p>Admiral Ed Giambastiani 70, USN (Ret.)</p><p>Chairman, U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association</p><p>Distinguished Graduate Award Selection Committee</p><p>Today, you, the 2012 Distinguished Graduates, become</p><p>part of a proud tradition of honoring alumni who exemplify</p><p>the values and missions of the Naval Academy.</p><p>Admiral Ed Giambaastiani 70, USN (Ret.)</p><p>Program Guide 2012 SEPHIA_Q8.qxp_Layout 1 3/12/12 12:32 PM Page 3</p></li><li><p>4MEDAL PRESENTATION4:30 p.m.</p><p>INTRODUCTION OFDISTINGUISHED GRADUATES FOR 2012</p><p>INVOCATIONCaptain Michael Parisi, USN</p><p>THE NATIONAL ANTHEM</p><p>WELCOME AND REMARKSVice Admiral Michael H. Miller 74, USN</p><p>Superintendent, U.S. Naval Academy</p><p>PRESENTATION OFDISTINGUISHED GRADUATE AWARD MEDALS</p><p>Admiral Steve Abbot 66, USN (Ret.)</p><p>Chairman, U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association Board of Trustees</p><p>and Midshipman Jordan Foley 12</p><p>Brigade Commander</p><p>REMARKSDistinguished Graduate Award Recipients</p><p>NAVY BLUE &amp; GOLD</p><p>DEPARTURE OF THE OFFICIAL PARTY</p><p>Midshipmen gather in Alumni Hall prior to the</p><p>13th U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association</p><p>Distinguished Graduate Award Medal Ceremony.</p><p>Program Guide 2012 SEPHIA_Q8.qxp_Layout 1 3/12/12 12:32 PM Page 4</p></li><li><p>5Admiral Sylvester Bob Foley Jr. 50,</p><p>USN (Ret.), has been part of the Navy</p><p>community his entire life. His father, a Navy</p><p>hospital corpsman in World War I and later</p><p>assigned to the Fleet Marines, served</p><p>throughout the Pacific. The family followed,</p><p>including stints in Guam and the Philippines.</p><p>Admiral Foleys three combat deployments</p><p>to Southeast Asia included command of </p><p>Attack Squadron 106 and Air Wing Eleven.</p><p>He also commanded CORONADO. He</p><p>planned and carried out the home porting</p><p>of his ship, MIDWAY, in Japan, a first for a</p><p>U.S. carrier. He developed the concept of</p><p>language and customs indoctrination</p><p>courses and helped settle dependents in </p><p>off-base housing. For his leadership, Admiral</p><p>Foley received the Legion of Merit.</p><p>Admiral Foley reported to the Pentagon</p><p>as deputy director of Navy Strategic Planning.</p><p>He returned to sea as commander of Carrier</p><p>Group Seven, followed by command of the</p><p>Seventh Fleet, earning him the first of his</p><p>three Distinguished Service Medals. He</p><p>went back to the Pentagon as deputy Chief</p><p>of Naval Operations for Plans, Policy and</p><p>Operations before commanding the Pacific</p><p>Fleet from 1982 until his retirement in 1985.</p><p>Taking command of the U.S. Pacific</p><p>Fleet in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, with my </p><p>father in attendance was my proudest career</p><p>moment, Admiral Foley said. He was </p><p>stationed at Pearl Harbor on 7 December</p><p>1941, and seeing his son, a four-star admiral,</p><p>take command of the Pacific Fleet more</p><p>than 40 years later was the culmination of </p><p>a lifetime of Navy service for both of us.</p><p>Admiral Foley was appointed by President</p><p>Ronald Reagan to serve as U.S. assistant</p><p>secretary of energy for Defense Programs.</p><p>That work earned him a medal for </p><p>distinguished service. Admiral Foley began </p><p>a decade-long venture with Raytheon </p><p>in 1991. While working as president of</p><p>Raytheon Japan, he helped grow its annual</p><p>business to more than $400 million. Admiral</p><p>Foley is a recipient of Japans highest honor,</p><p>the Order of the Rising Sun.</p><p>After chairing advisory groups reviewing</p><p>national laboratories at Berkeley, Los Alamos</p><p>and Lawrence Livermore, Admiral Foley </p><p>was asked to serve as vice president for </p><p>laboratory management in the office of the</p><p>University of California president to oversee</p><p>management of the labs. He is credited with</p><p>correcting safety and security problems and</p><p>overseeing 12,000 people and a $5 billion</p><p>annual budget.</p><p>Admiral Foley, a resident of Oakland,</p><p>CA, and his late wife, Kathleen, have four</p><p>children. Two of their children and two</p><p>grandchildren have served in the Navy and</p><p>Marines, with three of them graduating</p><p>from the Academy.</p><p>ADMIRAL</p><p>SYLVESTER R. FOLEY JR. 50, USN (RET.)</p><p>Knowing that the Alumni Association and Foundation</p><p>are in the forefront of support efforts for the U.S. Naval</p><p>Academy, I look forward to helping in any way I can.</p><p>Program Guide 2012 SEPHIA_Q8.qxp_Layout 1 3/12/12 12:32 PM Page 5</p></li><li><p>6The tireless efforts of the Honorable Daniel L.</p><p>Cooper 57 vastly improved the nations</p><p>veterans disability compensation processes. </p><p> As the under secretary for benefits at the</p><p>U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Cooper</p><p>instituted extensive changes to improve the</p><p>delivery of those benefits. He also had </p><p>direct oversight of the very successful Veterans</p><p>Loan Guaranty Service, with foreclosure</p><p>rates well below the national average; the</p><p>improved and increased Servicemens Group</p><p>Life Insurance Program; and the modernization</p><p>of the GI Education Bill.</p><p> That vital work was accomplished well</p><p>after Coopers retirement as vice admiral</p><p>from a Navy career capped with service as</p><p>commander of the Submarine Force, Atlantic</p><p>Fleet, during which he worked closely with</p><p>submarine and strategic commanders of</p><p>NATO nations to improve water space</p><p>management, submarine safety and classified</p><p>operations execution during the Cold War.</p><p> Cooper, who also served as assistant</p><p>Chief of Naval Operations for Undersea </p><p>Warfare, was commanding officer of PUFFER</p><p>(SSN 652) as it successfully tested the new</p><p>Mk 48 ADCAP torpedo. Then in 1973,</p><p>during transit home from a six-month </p><p>deployment, PUFFER was directed to </p><p>immediately return to WestPac to execute </p><p>a highly classified mission reporting directly</p><p>to the Joint Chiefs of Staff. </p><p> After retirement from the Navy in 1991,</p><p>Cooper became the vice president and general</p><p>manager of the Nuclear Services Division for</p><p>Gilbert Associates Inc. He also served as a </p><p>director and vice chairman of the board for</p><p>USAA, president of the Naval Submarine</p><p>League and on the advisory boards for the</p><p>Applied Research Lab of Penn State University</p><p>and the Applied Physics Laboratory of The</p><p>Johns Hopkins University.</p><p> In 2001, the secretary of the Department</p><p>of Veterans Affairs asked Cooper to chair a</p><p>task force studying ways to improve the </p><p>veterans disability claims process. Upon</p><p>completion of that study, he was nominated</p><p>by President George W. Bush and confirmed</p><p>by the Senate to serve as under secretary for</p><p>benefits and was subsequently granted the</p><p>title of The Honorable Daniel L. Cooper. </p><p>In April 2002, he was sworn in. He served</p><p>six years, longer than any predecessor in </p><p>the position.</p><p> Coopers awards include the Department</p><p>of Veterans Affairs Exceptional Service</p><p>Award, three Distinguished Service Medals,</p><p>two Legion of Merit Medals and four </p><p>Meritorious Service Medals.</p><p> He currently is working to develop the</p><p>Americas Heroes First Foundation. He and</p><p>his wife, Betty, live in Wyomissing, PA. They</p><p>have two children and six grandchildren.</p><p>Daughter Amy is married to Captain Jeff</p><p>Hughes 83, USN. Their son, Ensign</p><p>Stephen Hughes, USN, graduated from the</p><p>Naval Academy in 2010. Daughter Cynthia</p><p>is married to Captain Donald Rose, USCG.</p><p>THE HONORABLE</p><p>DANIEL L. COOPER 57</p><p>The Distinguished Graduate Award speaks to the </p><p>exceptional leaders whom I have attempted to follow </p><p>and to emulate.</p><p>Program Guide 2012 SEPHIA_Q8.qxp_Layout 1 3/12/12 12:32 PM Page 6</p></li><li><p>7 </p><p>Captain Bruce McCandless II 58, USN</p><p>(Ret.), the first human to fly untethered</p><p>in space, led the way to on-orbit servicing</p><p>of satellites such as the Solar Maximum</p><p>Mission, the Hubble Space Telescope and,</p><p>ultimately, the International Space Station.</p><p> McCandless was born in Boston to </p><p>a well-known Navy family. Two ships,</p><p>BRADLEY and MCCANDLESS, are named </p><p>in honor of his grandfathers and father. </p><p>The third generation to attend the Naval</p><p>Academy, he graduated at the top of his</p><p>class academically.</p><p> He served in Fighter Squadron 102</p><p>from 1960 to 1964 in three deployments</p><p>with the Sixth Fleet, including the Cuban</p><p>Missile Crisis naval blockade, during which</p><p>he flew night missions off Cuba to protect</p><p>U.S. efforts to verify the presence of Soviet</p><p>long-range missiles.</p><p> Captain McCandless earned a masters</p><p>in electrical engineering from Stanford,</p><p>where his doctoral work ended with his </p><p>selection as an astronaut in 1966. Captain</p><p>McCandless provided ground support to</p><p>APOLLO missions 10, 11 and 14. For APOLLO 11,</p><p>he was given the critical task of controlling</p><p>the communications voice link between</p><p>Mission Control and the astronauts during</p><p>Buzz Aldrins and Neil Armstrongs </p><p>exploration of the lunar surface.</p><p> Captain McCandless made his historic</p><p>space flight as a mission specialist on </p><p>CHALLENGER STS 41-B in February 1984,</p><p>during which he made the first untethered</p><p>solo flight. This earned him the Department</p><p>of Defense Superior Service Medal and </p><p>the NASA Exceptional Engineering</p><p>Achievement Award. In 1985, he received</p><p>the National Aeronautic Association Collier</p><p>Trophy and the first Smithsonian National</p><p>Air and Space Museum Trophy. He was </p><p>inducted into the NASA Astronaut Hall </p><p>of Fame in 2005.</p><p> He served a leadership role in the design</p><p>and development of the Hubble Space </p><p>Telescope and was a member of the space</p><p>shuttle crew that deployed the telescope</p><p>into orbit in 1990. Captain McCandless </p><p>also holds a patent for a drop-proof tool</p><p>tethering system still used in space today.</p><p>After a 32-year career with the Navy and</p><p>NASA, he worked in the aerospace industry,</p><p>retiring from Lockheed Martin in 2005. A</p><p>lifetime member of the Alumni Association,</p><p>his support of the Academy continues </p><p>with his recent submittal of an unsolicited</p><p>proposal to the Academic Dean for a </p><p>midshipmen project to design, build and</p><p>operate a remotely operated underwater </p><p>vehicle as part of a national competition</p><p>among universities. Captain McCandless is</p><p>providing mentoring and advising services</p><p>pro bono for the duration of the project.</p><p> Captain McCandless now lives in</p><p>Conifer, CO. He and his wife, Bernice, have</p><p>two children and two grandchildren.</p><p>CAPTAIN</p><p>BRUCE McCANDLESS II 58, USN (RET.)</p><p>I am deeply moved by my classmates efforts in </p><p>nominating me and advancing my nomination for the</p><p>Distinguished Graduate Award.</p><p>Program Guide 2012 SEPHIA_Q8.qxp_Layout 1 3/12/12 12:32 PM Page 7</p></li><li><p>8Vice Admiral John R. Ryan 67, USN (Ret.),</p><p>is as devoted to the Naval Academy in </p><p>retirement from active duty as he was </p><p>during his stellar tour as Superintendent.</p><p>During his four-year tour as the 56th</p><p>Superintendent, which began in 1998, </p><p>Admiral Ryan developed a strategic plan</p><p>that was used as the framework for the</p><p>Academys monumental $254 million </p><p>Leaders to Serve the Nation campaign. He </p><p>was also instrumental in the consolidation</p><p>of several supporting entities into the U.S.</p><p>Naval Academy Foundation.</p><p> The capital campaign was designed </p><p>to raise the Academys margin of excellence</p><p>in academics, character development, </p><p>leadership, admissions, athletics and </p><p>unrestricted support. The campaign paved</p><p>the way for endowed chairs, academic and</p><p>professional programs, new facilities and</p><p>renovations to existing ones, including the</p><p>dramatic upgrading of the Navy-Marine</p><p>Corps Memorial Stadium.</p><p> During his tour as Superintendent, </p><p>the Faculty Senate unanimously passed a</p><p>resolution requesting that Admiral Ryan </p><p>remain for another four-year toura first </p><p>in Naval Academy history.</p><p> After retirement from the Navy,Admiral</p><p>Ryan joined the Naval Academy Foundation</p><p>Board of Directors and in 2009 became</p><p>chairman. He also launched a private sector</p><p>career in higher education, serving as the</p><p>president of State University of New York</p><p>Maritime, interim president of the University</p><p>at Albany and finally as chancellor of </p><p>State University of New York, the largest</p><p>comprehensive university in the United</p><p>States with 64 colleges and universities,</p><p>more than 80,000 faculty and staff and</p><p>425,000 students. </p><p> Admiral Ryan first arrived at the Naval</p><p>Academy as a plebe from Mountainhome,</p><p>PA, with his twin brother, Norb. He was</p><p>designated as a naval aviator in 1968 and </p><p>assigned to fly the P-3 Orion. The first in</p><p>his class to be promoted to flag officer, </p><p>Admiral Ryan, who earned a masters </p><p>degree in Administration from George</p><p>Washington...</p></li></ul>