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. Click here to download a program (with biographies) of Distinguished Alumni. 
 

Announcing New Distinguished Alumnus Senator Gary Peters

We are pleased to announce on November 6th, 2021, the Navy Supply Corps Foundation Board of Directors selected U.S. Senator Gary Peters as the 60th 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.” 
 
Senator Peters has represented the State of Michigan in the United States Senate since 2015. In the 117th Congress, he is the Chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, which oversees the Department of Homeland Security and is the Senate’s top oversight committee. Senator Peters also serves on the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee.
 
Peters volunteered for the U.S. Navy Reserve at age 34, where he earned a Seabee Combat Warfare Specialist designation and rose to the rank of Lieutenant Commander. After the September 11th terrorist attacks on the U.S., Peters volunteered again for drilling status and served overseas as part of his Reserve duty. He also completed the Naval Command and Staff course from the U.S. Naval War College.
 
Senator Peters stated that: “I am deeply honored by this recognition. My time as a Supply Corps Officer has shaped who I am personally and as an elected official. During my time in the Navy Reserve, I served with some of the most patriotic individuals I’ve ever met. For us, it never mattered what our political ideology was – we focused on working together to accomplish our goals. The dedication of those I served with in the Navy Reserve reinforced in me that we must keep the promises we’ve made to those who have worn the uniform and served our country. Joining the Navy Reserve was one of the best decisions I have ever made = and the lessons I learned will continue guiding my work.”
 
Born in Pontiac, Michigan, Peters graduated from Rochester High School and went on to earn a B.A. in political science from Alma College. He later earned an M.B.A. in finance from the University of Detroit Mercy, M.A. in political science from Wayne State University; M.A. in philosophy from Michigan State University, and a law degree (J.D.) from Wayne State University Law School.
 
Prior to entering public service, Peters worked in the private sector for over 20 years as a financial advisor and in a variety of management positions with two major financial service firms. He was an assistant vice president at Merrill Lynch before becoming a vice president at UBS/PaineWebber.
 
Senator Peters and his wife, Colleen, live in Oakland County, Michigan and have three children: Gary Jr., Madeleine and Alana.
 
*Click here to read Senator Peter's press release announcing his selection as a NSCF Distinguished Alumnus.
 
Please join us in welcoming Senator Peters to the ranks of the Navy Supply Corps Foundation’s Distinguished Alumni. Thank you for supporting your Foundation and helping to “Honor Our Heritage, Invest In Our Future”. 
 
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.

Below are a few images from Ron Terwilliger's November 6th DA Recognition Ceremony in Atlanta, GA. Please join us in welcoming Ron to the ranks of the Navy Supply Corps Foundation’s Distinguished Alumni Program. Thank you for supporting your Foundation and helping to “take care of our own”.

   
    
 
The Foundation is saddned to share the news of RADM Ted Walker's passing on Saturday, December 11th, 2021*. He was recognized as a Navy Supply Corps Foundation Distinguished Alumni in 2020, inducted by way of a virtual ceremony. The Supply Community was blessed with RADM Walker's decades-long leadership and friendship--a mentor to so many in our Community. 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:
https://youtu.be/X1B_r13W8CU

To read a recent article about RADM (ret) Ted Walker, please see the Summer 2020 Issue of The Oakleaf.
 
* Please click here to read more about RADM Walker's life and visit the In Memoriam section of this website for additional information on funeral services and a NSCF endowment in RADM Walker's name, as information becomes available.

     
    
    
          
                 
 
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: 
https://youtu.be/40riQ2JfAdI

To learn more about CAPT (ret) Billy Dodson, please visit his website 
https://www.savannaimages.com/#/page/home/

 
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.

Background

In conjunction with the 35th-anniversary commemorative celebration of the Navy Supply Corps School (NSCS) homeporting in Athens, Ga., the Distinguished Alumni Program was established. Since its 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 the 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. 

Nominations  

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

executivedirector@usnscf.com

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.