NEWPORT, RI -- At the conclusion of the 2008-2009 academic year, three Naval War College faculty members received awards for exceptional duties during their time at NWC. One award was the title of Professor Emeritus.
NWC President Rear Adm. Phil Wisecup presented the awards.
After 23 years at the NWC, Library Director professor Robert Schnare is retiring. He received the Superior Civilian Service Award for “sustained superior service,” the citation said.
“For me, it has been a great opportunity to work and serve the faculty, staff and students, and that is what the library is all about,” he said. “I believe the library is the academic learning core of the college and I think it needs to remain strong.”
He arrived after a library fire in 1986. Between relocation and noise from repair tools, the library was disrupted for several months. “The best news was we got rid of the purple carpet,” he said, laughing and holding an old piece of the carpet.
Director Schnare previously received the Commander Award for Civil Service at West Point, and the Meritorious Civilian Service Award at the NWC.
Professor John Hattendorf, who has served the Maritime History department of the NWC for 25 years, received the Naval Superior Civilian Service Award for being chairman of the Secretary of the Navy’s Subcommittee on Naval History.
He served the subcommittee as a member from March 2003 to April 2004, as vice chair from April 2004 to December 2005, and finally as chair from January 2006 until December of 2008. Though finished with his subcommittee duties, he continues to serve the college and the Naval War College Museum.
The committee gives independent advice to the Secretary of the Navy and indirectly the Secretary of Defense.
He said the Navy, as a future-oriented organization, must pay attention to its history.
“What we have experienced before is our only laboratory of experience,” Hattendorf said. “We can speculate about the future, but we know what happens in the past.”
Naval Warfare Studies professor Paul Taylor, a former ambassador to the Dominican Republic, has been awarded the title of Professor Emeritus after a 17-year career at the NWC.
As a civilian faculty member, he brings a non-military diplomatic perspective to the classrooms in Newport, and enjoyed interacting with the college’s international students, whom he described as “responsible, mature, and broad-gauged.”
“It makes for a very dynamic and productive experience,” Taylor said.
He said his contributions to Latin American and Asian Pacific studies are also prominent memories of his time here. He also taught elective courses in international economics. His broad background has contributed to the education of his students.
“I think it is very important for us to learn from one another,” Taylor said. “There is no one that can conduct [operations of] the U.S. government alone. The more we understand each element of the game, the better we can plan as a team.”
by Tyler Will, Naval War College Public Affairs