September 19, 2012
The Navy awarded its top leadership prize to the former commanding officer of a destroyer and the CO of an attack submarine, the chief of naval personnel announced Monday.
The joint winners of the prestigious Vice Adm. James Bond Stockdale leadership award, given annually to the Navy’s top two COs, were selected from a competitive field of 10 finalists and represent both the Pacific and Atlantic fleets.
Cmdr. Chase Patrick, the Pacific Fleet winner, was chosen for his time in 2011 commanding the destroyer Chafee, based in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. A 1994 graduate of the University of Virginia, Patrick commanded Chafee until October, 2011. During his 18-year career, Patrick has served aboard cruisers Lake Erie and Port Royal, frigate Crommelin, destroyer Paul Hamilton and was the executive officer on destroyer Chung-Hoon, according to his official biography. Patrick holds master’s degrees from the Naval Postgraduate School and the Marine Corps University, Command and Staff College.
Cmdr. Brian Sittlow (CNW 2009, pictured above), CO of Norfolk, Va.-based attack sub Boise, is the Fleet Forces Command winner. Sittlow is a 1993 Naval Academy graduate who has served aboard attack subs Archerfish and Virginia, deep submergence vessel NR-1 and ballistic missile sub Henry M. Jackson, according to his official bio. Sittlow holds a master’s degree from the Naval War College in Newport, R.I.
The award guidelines require eligible peers to nominate commanding officers, who are commanders and below, from unrestricted line commands. Nominees are screened by how well they embody the leadership ethos of Vice Adm. James Bond Stockdale
, a Vietnam P.O.W. who earned a Medal of Honor for leading a resistance campaign against his North Vietnamese captors. Past winners include Adm. Cecil Haney, the Pacific Fleet commander, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jon Greenert and retired Adm. Mike Mullen, the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
After a screening by fleet commanders, a board of senior officers made the final selections, said NAVADMIN 282/12, released Monday by Vice Adm. Scott Van Buskirk. Here are the Pacific Fleet finalists:
• Cmdr. Frederic Goldhammer, CO of VAW-117
• Cmdr. David Lott, former CO of attack submarine Hampton
• Cmdr. Matthew Rosenbloom, former CO of SEAL Team 7
• Cmdr. Tabb Stringer, CO of VAQ-138
And here Fleet Forces Command finalists:
• Cmdr. Daniel Gillen, CO of destroyer McFaul
• Cmdr. Kevin Hanson, former CO of Maritime Expeditionary Security Squadron 2
• Cmdr. Michael Hayes (CNCS 2008 ), CO of SEAL Team 2
• Cmdr. Louis Schager (CNCS 2003 ), CO of VFA-34
The awards will be presented in November.
Posted by Alyssa Skinner, Office of Alumni Affairs
Originally published at http://www.navytimes.com/news/2012/09/navy-stockdale-award-winners-pacific-atlantic-commanders-091712/