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NOTE: Photos of the award ceremony are available on Flickr.
NEWPORT, R.I. – Rear Admiral Phil Wisecup, President of the Naval War College, dispensed awards, handshakes and well wishes to nearly 30 top-performing students during the June 10 Academic Awards Ceremony in Spruance Hall.
 
“I am continually amazed by the level of professional and academic excellence displayed by our students,” Wisecup said. “Their performance rises above the norm and sets the bar of excellence at a high standard.”
 
One award winner, U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. Steven A. Simmons, said his time at the War College was well spent. Simmons earned the Capt. James A. Larkin U.S. Marine Corps Award for Academic Excellence by a U.S. Marine Corps Officer.
 
“I sought out selection to the Naval War College among all the top level schools due to its reputation for a rigorous academic experience,” Simmons said. “I was not disappointed.”
 
“My time here has been very rewarding and I feel very well prepared for my future assignments,” he continued. “I'd like to especially thank a few professors who really challenged me and broadened my view of the world: Andy Stigler, Richard Norton, and Toshi Yoshihara.”
 
Academic awards for the academic year 2009-2010 include:
 
Cmdr. Hendrik Warnar, Royal Netherlands Navy, received the Robert E. Batemans’ International Prize Essay Award. Honorable Mentions were given to Cmdr. Stefan Larsson, Royal Swedish Navy, and Lt. Col. Dennis Nyaga Kamuri, Kenya Navy.
Maj. Haw Chieh Adrian Choong, Republic of Singapore Navy, received the Walter B. Woodson, Jr., Academic Memorial Prize. Honorable mention was given to Maj. Abrham K. Biwot, Kenya Navy.
Lt. Cmdr. Matthew Maasdam, U.S. Navy, received the McGinnis Family Award for Outstanding Performance in Nonresident Education.
Lt. Cmdr. Manmeet Khurana, Indian Navy, received the Zimmerman/Gray International Essay Prize. Honorable mention was given to Maj. Chee Hong Joshua Toh, Republic of Singapore Navy.
Col. Richard Hall¸U.S. Marine Corps, received the Stephen Bleeker Luce Award.
Maj. Ryan Scott, U.S. Marine Corps, received the William Sowden Sims Award.
Lt. Col. Eric Young, U.S. Army, of the College of Naval Command and Staff, received first prize for the John J. D’Luhy Prize in Memory of Professor Michael I. Handel. Honorable mention was given to Cmdr. Robert C. De Tolve, U.S. Navy.
Mr. Marshall Reffett, of the College of Continuing Education, received the Lt. Michael P. Murphy Counterterrorism Prize.
Lt. Cmdr. Matthew J. Baldwin, U.S. Navy, of the College of Naval Command and Staff, received first prize information operations category of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA).
Lt. Cmdr. Justin M. Canfield, U.S. Navy, College of Naval Command and Staff, received the AFCEA’s all other category first prize.
Lt. Col. Steven A. Simmons, U.S. Marine Corps, of the College of Naval Command and Staff, received the Capt. James T. Larkin, U.S. Marine Corps Award for Academic Excellence by a U.S. Marine Corps Officer.
Cmdr. Joseph Carrigan, U.S. Navy, of the College of Naval Warfare, received the Drs. Daniel and Susan Thys Academic Prize. Carrigan also received the Surface Navy Association Award.
Lt. Joshua A. Hammond, U.S. Navy, of the College of Distance Learning, received the Vice Admiral John T. Hayward College of Continuing Education Correspondence Course Award for highest grade point average.
The James V. Forrestal Award given to the winning College of Naval Warfare seminars for excellence in the areas of strategy and force structuring went to students from Seminars 11 and 12.
Lt. Cmdr. Lacy N. Lodmell, U.S. Navy, of the College of Naval Command and Staff, received the Surface Navy Association Award.
Maj. Matthew J. Palma, U.S. Marine Corps, of the College of Naval Command and Staff, received the U.S. Marine Corps Association Award.
Lt. Col. Michelle Barrett, U.S. Air Force, of the Naval Command College, and Maj. David R. Buchanan, U.S. Air Force, of the College of Naval Command and Staff, each received the Military Officers Association of America Award for Excellence in Joint Service Warfare.
Cmdr. Lee John Goddard, Royal Australian Navy, of the Naval Command College; Lt. Cmdr. Fredrik Borgmann, Royal Norwegian Navy, of the Naval Staff College; Lt. Cmdr. Valentin Marian Toma, Romanian Navy, of the Naval Staff College Class 76 received the Rear Admiral Joseph C. Strasser International Leadership Prize.
Honorable mention for the Strasser Prize included Lt. Cmdr. Jonas Kallestedt, Royal Swedish Navy, of the Naval Staff College and Lt. Col. Abdulla Faraj Almehairbi, United Arab Emirates navy, of the Naval Staff College Class 76.
Lt. de Vaisseau Djibril Diawara, Marine Nationale Senegalaise, of the Naval Staff College, received first prize for the Capt. Jerome E. Levy Economic Geography and World Order Prize. Honorable mention went to Maj. Chee Hong Joshua Toh, Singapore Navy, of the Naval Staff College.
Lt. Col. Mark J. Schuler, Colorado Air National Guard, of the College of Naval Warfare, received the Mr. B. Franklin Reinauer II Defense Economics Prize.
Maj. Christopher J. McCarthy, U.S. Air Force, of the College of Command and Staff, received the J. William Middendorf II Award for Student Research.
Maj. Brian W. Kabat, U.S. Air Force, of the College of Naval Command and Staff, received first prize for the Admiral Richard G. Colbert Memorial Prize. Honorable mention went to Maj. Brett W. Harry, U.S. Air Force, of the College of Naval Command and Staff and Col. Laura A. Potter, U.S. Army, of the College of Naval Warfare.
Capt. Krishna Swaminathan, Indian Navy, of the Naval Command College, received the Naval War College Foundation Award. Honorable mention was given to Maj. Christopher J. McCarthy, U.S. Air Force, of the College of Naval Command and Staff.
Lt. Col. Michael J. Lutton, U.S. Air Force, of the College of Naval Warfare, and Maj. Jason F. Vattioni, U.S. Air Force, of the College of Naval Command and Staff, received the Naval War College submissions to United States Strategic Command Deterrence Writing Awards.
International Student Sponsor Recognition awards went to Mr. and Mrs. William Pittsley, sponsor for Germany; Ms. Barbara Fenlon, sponsor for Nigeria; Prof. and Mrs. Ronald Oard, sponsor for Romania; Mr. and Mrs. Martin Hellewll, sponsor for Kenya and Mr. and Mrs. William Ferreira, sponsor for Romania.
 
By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Doug Kimsey, Naval War College Public Affairs