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Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Navy Admiral James A. Winnefeld, Jr.NEWPORT, R.I. -- The U.S. Naval War College (NWC) announced Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Navy Admiral James A. Winnefeld, Jr. was selected as the Distinguished Graduate Leadership Award recipient for 2012.

The criteria for selection of the distinguished graduate include attainment of a position of senior leadership in government service, career accomplishments which are inspiring to Naval War College students, and an expressed interest in professional military education.

“I’m deeply honored to have been selected for the prestigious Naval War College Distinguished Graduate Leadership Award,” said Winnefeld.  “I’m also humbled to join the ranks of other recipients, who represent such an impressive and diverse array of our Nation’s leaders.  The Naval War College is truly the Navy’s ‘Home for Thought,’ working every day to provide exceptional Joint Education to diverse students.  I feel privileged to be a graduate—my Naval War College education has served me well, and I continue to draw upon it daily.”

In 1996, the Trustees of the Naval War College Foundation established the Distinguished Graduate Leadership Award to honor Naval War College graduates who have attained positions of prominence in the field of national security.

Winnefeld will be presented his award during NWC’s Convocation ceremonies on Aug. 20.

From U.S. Naval War College Public Affairs
Posted by Cmdr. Carla McCarthy

Admiral James A. Winnefeld, Jr., serves as the ninth Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In this capacity, he is a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Nation’s second highest-ranking military officer.
Admiral Winnefeld graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology and received his commission from the Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps program. He subsequently served with three fighter squadrons flying the F-14 Tomcat and as an instructor at the Navy Fighter Weapons School.
Admiral Winnefeld’s unit commands at sea include Fighter Squadron 211, USS Cleveland (LPD 7), and USS Enterprise (CVN 65). He led “Big E” through her 18th deployment, which included combat operations in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom immediately after the terrorist acts of Sept. 11, 2001. As Commander, Carrier Strike Group TWO/Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group, he led Task Forces 50, 152, and 58 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and maritime interception operations in the Arabian Gulf. He also served as Commander, United States SIXTH Fleet, Commander NATO Allied Joint Command Lisbon, and Commander Striking and Support Forces NATO.
His shore tours include service in the Joint Staff Operations Directorate (J-3), as Senior Aide to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and as Executive Assistant to the Vice Chief of Naval Operations. As a flag officer he served ashore as director, Warfare Programs and Transformational Concepts, United States Fleet Forces Command, as Director of Joint Innovation and Experimentation at United States Joint Forces Command, and as the Director for Strategic Plans and Policy (J-5) on the Joint Staff. He most recently served as the Commander of North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and U.S. Northern Command (USNORTHCOM). 
Admiral Winnefeld’s awards include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Medal, and five Battle Efficiency awards.