1st '73 DGA
Our First Distinguished Graduate Awardee!


Our First Distinguished Graduate Awardee, ADM Olsen - LH I am proud to announce the Alumni Association has selected Eric Thor Olson as one of the 2017 Distinguished Graduate Awardees. He is our first winner. To read more about his qualifications, click this link:

Distinguished Graduate Award Submissions
Thanks and congrats to our first winner, as well as to the committee that submitted our nominee:

  • Tom Storch, Chair
  • Leif Hendrickson, Member
  • Paul Ryan, Member
Here are the quick links for:

With this letter, I am again soliciting nominations for the 2018 U.S. Naval Academy Distinguished Graduate Award. This award is given to the living graduate whose character, distinguished military and civilian service and stature draw wholesome comparison to the qualities that the U.S. Naval Academy strives for in keeping with its ideals of duty, honor, loyalty, and integrity and “From Knowledge Sea Power,” as well as the core values of the United States Navy and Marine Corps; honor, courage and commitment.

With the purpose of identifying to the public and to the Brigade of Midshipmen, the broad national significance of the Naval Academy as one of the Nation’s most cherished institutions, candidates for the Distinguished Graduate Award will be living graduates of the United States Naval Academy who:

  • Have demonstrated a strong interest in supporting the Navy, Marine Corps and the United States Naval Academy

  • Have provided a lifetime of service to the Nation or Armed Forces

  • Have made significant and distinguished contribution to the Nation via their public service

Those classmates wanting to nominate a member of the Class of 1973, should first notify the Chairman, Class of 1973 DGA Committee NLT April 1, 2017 of their intent to submit a nomination package. The purpose of this notification is to eliminate duplicity in effort and coordinate effort if more than one classmate is planning to prepare a nomination package for a class member.

Complete nomination packages should be submitted digitally, as a Microsoft Word document, to the Chairman, Class of 1973 DGA Committee NLT July 1, 2017 to:
Tom Storch, This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it , the current Class of 1973 Committee Chairman.

In many ways the selection process for a Distinguished Graduate Award is as comprehensive as the selection boards we experienced on active duty.

Here is a link delineating the requirements of a submission package:
Distinguished Graduate Award Nomination Packet Guidelines

When making a nomination, please be sure to provide your name and contact information as well as that of the person being nominated and the following information:

  1. USNA and Military Career Highlights

  2. Government/Civilian/Business/Community Career Highlights and Awards/Certificates

  3. Summary of Support of Service to USNA and the Brigade of Midshipmen

  4. Summary of Support for the Alumni Association and/or Foundation
    (gifts of time, talent, and/or treasure)

  5. Why this Classmate Deserves the Distinguished Graduate Award

  6. Within the 3-Page Limitation, Packages Shall Have a Minimum of Two Endorsements
The class selection of the Award recipients is made by the Alumni Association’s November deadline. However, prior to that time a Class of 1973 Distinguished Graduate Awards Committee will meet to review nominations, select nominees and work with the nominating individual(s) to submit application packages that meet the requirements for submission.

Feel free to contact Tom Storch at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it if you have any questions.

Non Sibi,

Kevin January 24, 2017

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