Navy League Presents
2007 Sea Services Awards
By PETER ATKINSON, Deputy Editor
SANDY HUFFAKER JR.
Marine Maj. Gen. John F. Kelly, commanding general, I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), addresses the capacity
crowd during the Navy League’s 2007 Sea Services Awards luncheon.
The Navy League presented its
2007 Sea Services Awards at
the National Convention in Palm
The awards were handed out by
Maj. Gen. John F. Kelly, commanding
general, I Marine Expeditionary
Force (Forward), who also served as
guest speaker at the event; Rear
Adm. Frank Thorp IV, chief of information for the U.S. Navy; James E.
Caponiti, associate administrator for
national security at the Maritime
Administration; Vice Adm. Charles
D. Wurster, U.S. Coast Guard Pacific
area commander; and Capt. Alphonso Woods, deputy commander,
Military Sealift Fleet Support Command, to honorees from their respective services.
Navy League National President
John A. Panneton presided over the
ceremony, which was held during
the Sea Services Awards Luncheon
The following is a list of the
awards and the names of the 2007
recipients, along with excerpts
from the citations and nominating
documents detailing their accomplishments.
The John Paul Jones
Award for Inspirational
■ NAVY CMDR. MICHAEL D.
As commanding officer of USS Alex-
andria, Bernacchi was directly res-
ponsible for the turnaround perform-
ance of the Los Angeles-class attack
submarine. From the Arabian Gulf to
the Arctic, and during peacetime and
combat operations, he molded his
crew into a team of warfighters and
leaders. Bernacchi led Alexandria to
win the 2006 Command Development Squadron 12 Battle Efficiency “E” and earn a nomination for
the Arleigh Burke Trophy as the most
improved warfighting platform in the
Atlantic Fleet. He led the submarine
to continuous improvement and
inspired his officers and crew to
achieve their personal best.
The Adm. Claude V.
Ricketts Award for
(E- 7 and Above)
■ NAVY AVIATION
As maintenance control coordinator
and detachment chief petty officer
in charge of the Strike Fighter
Squadron 27 maintenance depart-
ment, Becht was the key player in a