Latest NOUS Awards

Annual NOUS Awards

In furtherance of its mission, the Naval Order presents annual awards.

  • The Admiral George Dewey Award to one eminently outstanding senior civilian
  • The Distinguished Sea Service Award to one eminently outstanding Sea Services officer of pay grade 0-7 or above shortly after retirement
  • The RADM Samuel Eliot Morison Award for Naval Literature to the author of a published book of particular merit
  • The three US Naval Academy midshipmen scoring the highest in competitive examinations on national and international political science issues
  • The outstanding graduate of the Chief of Naval Air Training Command Flight Officer program
  • The outstanding midshipmen and cadets  at the New York State Merchant Marine Academy, California State Maritime Academy and Naval ROTC programs at various Universities
  • To the Outstanding Junior Officer Instructor at the US Coast Guard Academy

 

Who is Eligible for Our Awards?

George Dewey Award

Any United States civilian eligible for Regular membership in the Naval Order, whose record for service sets him/her apart among his/her peers, is deemed eligible for the “Admiral of the Navy George Dewey Award.” The period of eligibility is not an issue for this award. It is assumed that the awardee will make every effort to accept this award in person. Each local Commandery may submit the name of only one candidate for consideration each year. Each submission shall be accompanied by a brief biographical sketch which will be circulated for voting purposes.

 

Distinguished Sea Service Award

At its Centennial Congress in 1990 the Naval Order established a Distinguished Sea Service Award (DSSA) to each year honor a recently retired US Naval Officer who, over a total career, so distinguished himself and the Naval Services, that he should be singled out as one who stands "First Among Firsts."

 

Rear Admiral Thurston J. James Memorial Award

The Naval Flight Officer student achieving the highest overall flight and academic grades during the preceding calendar year as determined by the Chief of Naval Air Training (CNATRA).

 

Samuel Eliot Morison Award for Naval Literature

The Samuel Eliot Morison Award for Naval Literature is administered and presented by the New York Commandery of the Naval Order of the United States. The finalists and winner are selected by a distinguished committee of members of the New York Commandery. Books may be recommended for consideration by members of the Naval Order of the United States but must be nominated for Committee consideration by a Companion of the New York Commandery. There are detailed and stringent standards that must be met by the author and the work and the Committee follows set guidelines in considering the nominees. The prize is named for the late Rear Admiral Samuel Eliot Morison, a Harvard University history professor widely considered to be America’s most distinguished naval historian. For more information, email the New York Commandery at NYC.NOUS@NavalOrder.org

 

US Coast Guard Academy Junior Instructor Award

The USCG Academy Junior Officer Award recognizes the exceptional personal, professional and academic leadership, and commitment to learning exhibited by a junior officer of the rotating faculty.

 

Past Award Honorees

Past George Dewey Award Honorees

Past Distinguished Sea Service Award Honorees

Past Samuel Eliot Morison Award for Naval Literature Honorees

Past Rear Admiral Thurston J. James Memorial Award Honorees

  • 2015 LTJG Phong Nguyen USN
  • 2013 LTJG Andrea R. Kaltenbach
  • 2010 LTJG Adam “Oompa” Jackson
  • 2009 Lieutenant Junior Grade Michael A. McLaughlin
  • 2008 Capt. Edward Holtz, USM
  • 2007 LTJG Erik Halvorson

 

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