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The Vice Admiral James Bond Stockdale Award for Inspirational Leadership is a United States Navy award established in 1980 by United States Secretary of the Navy Edward Hidalgo to honor the inspirational leadership of James Stockdale, a Medal of Honor recipient in the Vietnam War, who exhibited exemplary leadership while a prisoner of war in North Vietnam for nearly eight years. The award were first made in 1981.[1]

Award criteria[]

Each year two commanding officers below the grade of captain are selected, one for the United States Atlantic Fleet and one from the United States Pacific Fleet. A board of peer-nominated officers, one for the Atlantic, and one for the Pacific, select the winners, based on the five criteria of inspirational leadership the Vice Admiral Stockdale identified in his writing and teaching on leadership.[2] These criteria are:

  • Moralist: Have a commitment to a personal code of ethical conduct.
  • Jurist: Demonstrate ability to establish policy which can be implemented and obeyed in the most difficult of circumstances.
  • Teacher: Being an example of self-discipline and sensitivity to others with balanced perspective, creating organizational pride, job satisfaction, and a motivational climate.
  • Steward: Being an example of personal commitment and an example to others in the maintenance of standards and loyalty.
  • Philosopher: Show the ability to reason, explain the essence of reality, and recognize the need for forethought in dealing with uncertainty.

Award Winners[]

Year Atlantic Pacific
1981 CDR John J. Coonan CDR Philip M. Qwast
1982 CDR E.L. Watkins CDR G.R. Fister
1983 CDR J.B. Johnston CDR William J. Hancock
1984 CDR Frank L. Yusi CDR Edward K. Kristensen
1985 CDR Larry L. Ernst CDR W. Hudson
1986 CDR M.A. Rogers CDR B.J. Coyle
1987 CDR C.W. Moore CDR Michael Mullen
1988 CDR W.J. Riffer CDR J. Grossenbacher
1989 CDR R.M. Wikstrom CDR Thomas B. Fargo
1990 CDR J.C. Holloway CDR A.R. Gorthy
1991 CDR F.J. Dobrydney CDR T.L Tarvis
1992 CDR B.W. Cavey CDR Jonathan W. Greenert
1993 No Award CDR C.A. Miletich
1994 CDR R.D. Jenkins CDR R.C. Massey
1995 CDR J.T. Bader CDR F.M. Drennan
1996 CDR R.D. Holland CDR James P. Wisecup
1997 CDR J.L. Clark CDR M.W. Kenny
1998 CDR M.E. Kosnick CDR C.E. Haney
1999 CDR W.E. Carter CDR B.E. Grooms
2000 CDR M.D. Davis[3] CDR R. Hennegan[4]
2001 CDR J.L. Clark[citation needed]
CDR Jeffery S. Jones[5]
CDR M.W. Kenny[citation needed]
CDR John M. Richardson[6]
2002 CDR P.H. Young CDR J.W. Covell
2003 CDR K.J. Kovacich[7] CDR Charles M. Gaouette[8]
2004 CDR S.D. Conn CDR L.R. Hawkins
2005 CDR R.P. Burke CDR J.W. Kilby
2006 CDR R.L. Clemmons CDR B.T. Howe
2007 CDR Frank J. Olmo CDR Craig A. Clapperton
2008 CDR Robert Smith CDR Paul J. Lyons
2009 CDR William J. Parker III CDR Robert A. Baughman
2010 CDR Jeffrey M. Grimes CDR Michael A. McCartney
2011 CDR Robert B. Chadwick II CDR Gerald N. Miranda, Jr.
2012 CDR Brian L. Sittlow CDR Chase D. Patrick
2013 CDR Leif E. Mollo CDR Richard N. Massie[9]



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