Navy Supply Corps Distinguished Alumni                                                          

Established in 1989, the Distinguished Alumni Program is one of the Navy Supply Corps Foundation’s hallmark programs as it identifies and recognizes retired and former Navy Supply Corps officers who have gone on to distinguish themselves by obtaining significant success in the public or private sector.

Click here to download a list of NSCF's Distinguished Alumni.

CONGRATULATIONS to Navy Supply Corps Foundation Distinguished Alumni, and former Congressman from California, 
Gil Cisneros on his nomination to Department of Defense Personnel and Readiness Chief.

"As Biden's pick for under secretary of defense for personnel and readiness, he'll be charged with overseeing military readiness issues, as well as the Defense Department's education and health care benefits programs." 

Read more about Gil here in the Military Times article Biden nominates former California congressman to take over Pentagon’s personnel office.

A person smiling for the cameraDescription automatically generated with medium confidenceJ. Ronald Terwilliger selected as 59th NSCF Distinguished Alumnus
By CAPT Bud J. Schiff, SC, USN, (Ret.), Director
  On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Navy Supply Corps Foundation, I am pleased to announce J. Ronald Terwilliger as the 58th Navy Supply Corps Foundation Distinguished Alumnus. The Navy Supply Corps Foundation Distinguished Alumni program recognizes individual Supply Corps officers who have distinguished themselves after their Naval career “by obtaining significant success in the public or private sector and who credit their Supply Corps experience as a basic foundation of further professional achievements.” 
   Ron graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with honors in 1963, was commissioned as a Supply Corps officer and served five years on active duty. Ron received his Master of Business Administration with High Distinction from Harvard Business School, where he was named a Baker Scholar. Following his graduation from Navy Supply Corps School, Ron played a year on the “Sublant” basketball team which won the All-Navy Championship. Thereafter, he joined the Nuclear Submarine Navy and served as Supply Officer on a Polaris nuclear submarine, after which he was transferred to the Norfolk Navy Supply Center purchasing department. 
   Ron is an ardent supporter of the U.S. Naval Academy and credits much of his success to the opportunities provided to him by the Academy and the Navy Supply Corps. Ron is Chairman Emeritus of Trammell Crow Residential Company and current Chairman of the ULT Terwilliger Center for Housing, which focuses on workforce and affordable housing—furthering the development of mixed-income communities with a range of housing options. Additionally, Ron is past Chairman of the Urban Land Institute (and currently serves as a Trustee), Chairman Emeritus of the Wharton Real Estate Center, past Chairman of the International Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity, currently Chair of Habitat’s Global Development Council and Chair of the “I Have a Dream Foundation” (a nonprofit dedicated to educating low-income children), Chairman of the Enterprise Community Partners Board of Trustees, and serves on the boards of the
U.S. Naval Academy Foundation, the Urban Institute and the Horatio Alger Association. 
   In 2009, Ron was honored by the United States Naval Academy as a Distinguished Graduate for his lifetime commitment to service, personal character, and distinguished contributions to our nation. In 2012, Ron received the National Patriotism Award by the National Foundation of Patriotism. Additionally, he was selected for the Prestigious Horatio Alger Award – Class of 2014, bestowed upon individuals who have succeeded despite adversity and who are committed to supporting young people in pursuit of increased opportunities through higher education. 
   Other awards Ron received include the 2017 Edward W. Brooke Housing Leadership Award for his outstanding contributions to elevating the national discussion on rebalancing federal housing policy to better serve the needs of low-income households, the 2013 ULI Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development, the Housing Leader of the Year Award in 2009 by the National Housing Conference and he was inducted into the National Association of Homebuilder’s Hall of Fame in 2008.
   Please join me in welcoming Ron to the ranks of the Navy Supply Corps Foundation’s Distinguished Alumni Program. A private Award Ceremony will be held on November 6th, 2021 in Atlanta, GA. Thank you for supporting your Foundation and helping to “take care of our own”.
Congratulations to our newest 2020 Navy Supply Corps Foundation Distinguished Alumni RADM (ret) Edward K. "Ted" Walker, Jr., inducted by way of a virtual ceremony in November 2020. With the continued challenges of the pandemic, a recorded online ceremony offered a great opportunity to honor RADM Walker in a timely manner. RADM Walker enjoyed a long and successful career in the Supply Corps, culminating as the 35th Chief of Supply Corps. He transitioned out of the Navy and continued his success while serving as President and CEO of the U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation and Chairman of the Vinson Hall Retirement Corporation. 

The Foundation's Distinguished Alumni ceremony celebrated RADM Walker’s achievements during a recorded virtual ceremony, hosted by Foundation Chair RADM (ret) Mike Lyden, with Guest Speaker VADM (ret) Edward M. Straw, former Commander Defense Logistics Agency, and special guests: Foundation Executive Director CAPT (ret) Daniel Pionk, and Distinguished Alumni Committee Chair and Foundation Distinguished Alumni CAPT (ret) Bud Schiff. 

The ceremony honoring RADM Walker can be viewed on the NSCF YouTube channel, through the link provided below:

To learn more about RADM (ret) Ted Walker, please see the Summer 2020 Issue of The Oakleaf. 

Join us in celebrating our recently-inducted 2020 Navy Supply Corps Foundation Distinguished Alumni CAPT (ret) Billy Dodson (inducted on August 27, 2020 in a virtual cermony). After 20 years as a Navy Supply Corps Officer, Billy went on to follow his passion, becoming a world-renowned conservationist, writer, and wildlife photographer. Billy's deeply intimate photos of animals from all around the world, published in National Geographic and on display at the Smithsonian, have earned him great honors and accolades.

The Foundation's Distinguished Alumni ceremony celebrated Billy’s achievements during a live Zoom video call, hosted by Foundation Chair RADM (ret) Mike Lyden, with Guest Speaker RADM Ken Epps, and special guests: former Director of DLA, Chief of Supply Corps and Commander of NAVSUP VADM (ret) Al Thompson; former Foundation Chair RADM (ret) Linda Bird; former Foundation Board Member RADM (ret) Steve Maas; RADM (ret) Fenton Priest, and Distinguished Alumni Committee Chair and Foundation Distinguished Alumni CAPT (ret) Bud Schiff.

The ceremony honoring Billy was recorded and can be viewed through the link provided below:

To learn more about CAPT (ret) Billy Dodson, please visit his website

Operating Procedures

Purpose & Objectives of the Distinguished Alumni (DA) Program

The Distinguished Alumni Program is one of the hallmark programs of the Navy Supply Corps Foundation. Its primary purpose is:

  • To identify and give appropriate recognition to retired and former Navy Supply Corps officers who have distinguished themselves by obtaining significant success in the public or private sector. As such, it is the intent of the Foundation to honor those former Navy Supply Corps officers, (active duty and Reserve), who credit their Supply Corps experience as a basic foundation of further professional achievements. 
  • To identify the many former Navy Supply Corps officer success stories, that will enhance the camaraderie of new accession officers into the Corps. The intent is to inspire these new officers to attain their true professional potential both in and out of uniform.
  • To identify and establish an expanding group of distinguished former Navy Supply Corps officers, who will continue to contribute to the professional development of the Supply Corps. It is desired that Distinguish Alumni will periodically be available to address the Navy Supply Corps School student body and/or other appropriate forums of Supply Corps officers on their successful management concepts and strategies.
  • To identify those former Navy Supply Corps officers, who, after achieving DA status, are willing and available to assist in the Foundation's Annual Fund Drive.


In conjunction with the 35th anniversary commemorative celebration of the Navy Supply Corps School (NSCS) home porting in Athens, Ga., the Distinguished Alumni Program was established. Since inception in 1989, the NSCF has selected 50 officers as Distinguished Alumni. Previously selected Distinguished Alumni are listed below. These selections have come from government, academia, as well as business and industry.

Criteria for Nomination

The basic eligibility for this award will be Supply Corps officers who have been inactive/retired for at least five years. No civilian field of endeavor will be preferred over any other. This award will be an ongoing program to annually identify individuals who have left active duty, but have continued to utilize those skills believed to epitomize the Supply Corps officer and have risen to levels of significant and wide recognition in their chosen field. The intent in formulating the Distinguished Alumni program is multi-purpose. First, the Foundation desires to recognize truly superior individuals who have gone on to bigger things following their Supply Corps tenure. Secondly, after accepting nomination, the individual officer will become involved in the activities of the Foundation, including its fund drive, either personally or through their corporations/organizations, and charitable endeavors. Additionally, to actually culminate the award process, the nominee will officially receive the Distinguished Alumni award at the Navy Supply Corps School or at another appropriate venue. The Foundation anticipates the award ceremony will take place within 12 calendar months following selection. 


Prior service, active duty, reserve and retired Supply Corps officers, or previous Distinguished Alumni are encouraged to submit letters of nomination for individuals as a Navy Supply Corps Distinguished Alumni. The nominating letter should include a brief background of the nominee along with the reasons for the nomination. A current biography of the nominee should also be included with the nominating letter.

On an annual basis, the Foundation will solicit nominations from all Distinguished Alumni and Supply Corps Flag officers. The Chief of Supply Corps will be requested to brief Supply Corps officers attending major supply command conferences on the requisites for submitting Distinguished Alumni nominations. Nominations for each year should be submitted in writing and forwarded:

Executive Director

Navy Supply Corps Foundation, Inc.
2061 Experiment Station Road
Suite 301, PMB 423
Watkinsville, GA  30677

Candidate Selection 

In order to maintain the high standards of this recognition, a maximum of two individuals will be selected each year. New Distinguished Alumni will be selected by the Navy Supply Corps Foundation Board of Directors at the Board of Directors meeting.

Upon selection, the Chairman will by letter notify the prospective Distinguished Alumni of his/her selection. This letter will outline the extent of the honor the Supply Corps Foundation wishes to bestow on the nominee, as well as the responsibilities the Foundation wishes him/her to assume. The Chairman will, if possible, appoint a member of the Foundation's Board of Directors to personally deliver the congratulatory letter to the prospective Distinguished Alumni.

Changes to this precept may be promulgated as required by the Foundation President not later than 1 August of each year.