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.
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On March 24, at the Navy Supply Corps 228th Birthday Ball, in Newport, RI, Mr. Carl Liebert was inducted as the 61st Distinguished Alumnus of the Navy Supply Corps Foundation.
Carl was recognized for his experience as a global business executive leading customer-driven digital and technology transformations for more than 30 years. He served as CEO of kwx/Keller Williams, Auto Nation, and 24Hour Fitness, and in senior management roles at The Home Depot and Circuit City. A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy (BS) and a member of the U.S. Naval Academy 1987 Elite 8 Basketball team, Carl was commissioned as a Navy Supply Corps Officer in 1987 and served active duty until 1992. “The privilege to serve in the Navy Supply Corps was an experience that would shape my leadership journey forever,” said Liebert. “The lessons learned of the importance of taking care of people, and the sacrifices our spouses and families make on behalf of those who serve a higher purpose, have made all the difference on my journey still today.”
While in Newport, Carl toured NSCS led by CAPT Jason Warner, SC, USN, the school’s commanding officer, and addressed students and staff. Carl shared The 4 C’s Leadership Principles: Courage, Commitment, Character, and Curiosity. Speaking of Character, Carl said, “Take care of getting your people promoted and they will take care of the mission for you.” He learned this lesson in his first assignment as a Supply Corps officer and it served as the foundation for further professional achievements. Carl went on to discuss the elements of Curiosity. “Never ask anything of anyone that you won’t do yourself,” he said. Later in the afternoon, Carl attended a celebratory luncheon at the New York Yacht Club and toured the Naval War College, hosted by CAPT (Ret) George Lang, the War College foundation’s CEO and VADM Shoshana Chatfield, the college’s president.
One of the NSCF’s hallmark programs, the Distinguished Alumni Program recognizes retired and former Navy Supply Corps officers who, after military service, have distinguished careers in the public or private sector and who credit their Supply Corps experience as a foundation of further professional achievements. The Foundation is proud to welcome Carl Liebert to its Distinguished Alumni ranks.
Read more about Mr. Carl Liebert and all our Distinguished Alumni here.
Recent Distinguished Alumni
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DA RON TERWILLIGER
DA RADM TED WALKER
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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) 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.
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:
Navy Supply Corps Foundation, Inc.
2061 Experiment Station Road
Suite 301, PMB 423
Watkinsville, GA 30677
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.