2008 VADM JAMES STOCKDALE LEADERSHIP AWARD WINNERS

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SUBJ/2008 VADM JAMES STOCKDALE LEADERSHIP AWARD WINNERS//


RMKS/1.  I AM PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THAT CDR PAUL J. LYONS, FROM THE 
PACIFIC FLEET, AND CDR ROBERT E. SMITH, FROM FLEET FORCES COMMAND, ARE 
THE 2008 RECIPIENTS OF THE VADM JAMES BOND STOCKDALE AWARD FOR 
INSPIRATIONAL LEADERSHIP.  CDR LYONS WAS SELECTED FOR HIS PERFORMANCE 
AS COMMANDING OFFICER, USS STETHEM (DDG 63) AND CDR SMITH FOR HIS 
PERFORMANCE AS COMMANDING OFFICER, NAVAL SPECIAL WARFARE SQUADRON TWO 
(NSWRON 2).
2.  THIS FLEET AWARD WAS ESTABLISHED IN HONOR OF VADM JAMES BOND 
STOCKDALE, WHOSE DISTINGUISHED NAVAL CAREER SYMBOLIZED THE HIGHEST 
STANDARDS OF EXCELLENCE IN BOTH PERSONAL EXAMPLE AND LEADERSHIP.
THE AWARD IS PRESENTED ANNUALLY TO TWO COMMISSIONED OFFICERS ON ACTIVE 
DUTY BELOW THE GRADE OF CAPTAIN WHO ARE IN COMMAND OF A SINGLE SHIP, 
SUBMARINE, OR AVIATION SQUADRON, SEAL TEAM (OR NAVAL SPECIAL WARFARE 
SQUADRON) OR SEAL DELIVERY VEHICLE TEAM, SPECIAL BOAT TEAM, EXPLOSIVE 
ORDNANCE DISPOSAL MOBILE UNIT, MOBILE DIVING AND SALVAGE UNIT, OR NAVY 
SPECIAL CLEARANCE TEAM DURING THE NOMINATION CYCLE.  CANDIDATES ARE 
NOMINATED BY PEERS WHO THEMSELVES MUST BE ELIGIBLE FOR THE AWARD.
3.  THE 2008 WINNERS WERE CHOSEN FROM AMONG EIGHT OUTSTANDING FINALISTS 
IN A REVIEW PROCESS THAT INCLUDED SCREENING AT THE FLEET COMMANDER 
LEVEL AND FINAL SELECTION BY A BOARD OF SENIOR OFFICERS.
4.  THE FOLLOWING FINALISTS DESERVE WELL-EARNED CONGRATULATIONS:
A.  PACIFIC FLEET FINALISTS:
- CDR GARY J. RICHARD, COMMANDING OFFICER, SEAL TEAM SEVEN
- CDR MARC A. STERN, COMMANDING OFFICER, USS TOPEKA (SSN 754)
- CDR STEVEN DEAL, FORMER COMMANDING OFFICER, PATROL
  SQUADRON FORTY SEVEN (VP 47)
B.  FLEET FORCES COMMAND FINALISTS:
- CDR GLENN P. KUFFEL, COMMANDING OFFICER,
  USS CARNEY (DDG 64)
- CDR MICHAEL D. MICHEL, COMMANDING OFFICER,
  HELANTISUBRON 11 (HS 11)
- CDR MICHAEL P. HOLLAND, COMMANDING OFFICER,
  USS PROVIDENCE (SSN 719)
5.  CDR LYONS AND CDR SMITH, AS WELL AS ALL NOMINEES, SHOULD BE 
JUSTIFIABLY PROUD OF THEIR ACHIEVEMENTS.
6.  AWARDS WILL BE PRESENTED IN NOVEMBER 2008.
7.  RELEASED BY ADMIRAL G. ROUGHEAD, CHIEF OF NAVAL OPERATIONS.// 
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