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Service Award Recipients

In recent decades, CNA analysts have received nearly 100 service awards from the Department of the Navy and other elements of the Department of Defense. We honor some of those recipients here.

George Haering receives the Navy Distinguished Public Service award from Admiral Roy Johnson, 1965

DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY

DISTINGUISHED PUBLIC SERVICE AWARD / DISTINGUISHED CIVILIAN SERVICE AWARD

  • George Haering 1965
  • Bill Sims 1980
  • Tony DiTrapani 1982
  • Tony DiTrapani 1987
  • Phil DePoy 1989
  • James Colvard 1996
  • Gary Federici 2003
  • Bob Murray 2015

Assistant Secretary of the Navy John Young recognized Dr. Gary Federici at a Pentagon ceremony for his career-long role as a leader in the development of naval space policy, particularly for providing analytical support to naval participation in national reconnaissance.

SUPERIOR PUBLIC SERVICE AWARD/ SUPERIOR CIVILIAN SERVICE AWARD

  • Bill Sims 1987
  • Dennis Gallus 1989
  • Sam Kleinman 1989
  • Brad Dismukes 1991
  • Katherine McGrady 1993
  • Bill Wallace 1994
  • Mike Cala 1995
  • Igor Mikolic-Torreira 1996
  • Ralph Passarelli 1997
  • Greg Swider 1999
  • Mike Smith 2000
  • Greg Cox 2001
  • Don Cymrot 2001
  • Gregory Suess 2001
  • Mike Smith 2002
  • Robin Holliday 2005
  • William Morgan 2005
  • Michael Bowes 2005
  • Eric Christensen 2005
  • John Crossen 2005
  • Ron Nickel 2005
  • Jessica Oi 2005
  • Jed Snyder 2005
  • Jed Snyder 2008
  • John Bentrup 2009
  • Susanne Wirwille 2010
  • William Morgan 2018

Robin Holliday doggedly questioned the accuracy of Tomahawk strike reports from Desert Storm — and the accuracy of the missile itself. As leader of the TLAM Effectiveness Project, she continued these studies through the 1990s, as Tomahawk performance improved in the Balkans and Iraq. Admiral Stan Arthur came to CNA headquarters to present her award for this work. 

Rear Adm. George Ballance presents Dr. Ciro Lopez with the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award, 2014

MERITORIOUS PUBLIC SERVICE AWARD / MERITORIOUS CIVILIAN SERVICE AWARD

  • Ervin Kapos 1969
  • Charles Heider 1982
  • Dave Perin 1987
  • Ferd Neider 1988
  • Scott Comes 1991
  • Mark Geis 1994
  • Bob Murray 1994
  • Allen Zeman 1994
  • Steve Belcher 1995
  • Bob Adams 1996
  • Jeff Miers 1997
  • Keith Costa 1998
  • Clifford Hansen 1998
  • Larry Lynn 1998
  • John Keefe 1999
  • Larry Lynn 1999
  • Dwight Lyons 1999
  • John Bentrup 2000
  • Neil Carey 2000
  • John Wilson 2000
  • Del Gilmore 2001
  • Michael Stumborg 2001
  • Steve Belcher 2002
  • John Clifford 2003
  • Jason Thomas 2004
  • Omer Alper 2005
  • Steve Belcher 2005
  • Richard Sperling 2005
  • Dave Kelly 2005
  • Jack Keenan 2005
  • Lyntis Beard 2005
  • Brent Boning 2005
  • Ken Kennedy 2005
  • Tom Bowditch 2006
  • Michael Macedonia 2006
  • Kathleen Ward 2007
  • Mark Lewellyn 2008
  • Reid Smith 2009
  • Dan Whiteneck 2009
  • Kim Hall 2010
  • Scott Young 2011
  • Ted Cavin 2012
  • Ciro Lopez 2014

The citation presented by Rear Adm. George Ballance to field representative Dr. Ciro Lopez states, “… you developed many of the command’s innovative operational and experimental undertakings … directed the successful execution of the proof-of-concept demonstration with the Navy’s MZ-3A airship, showing applicability to the countering illicit trafficking mission set … cemented U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. Fourth Fleet as the ‘Theater of Innovation.’”

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

DISTINGUISHED PUBLIC SERVICE AWARD / DISTINGUISHED CIVILIAN SERVICE AWARD

  • Tony DiTrapani 1989
  • Phil DePoy 1990
  • Sherri Goodman 2001

OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE

OUTSTANDING PUBLIC SERVICE AWARD

  • Samuel Kleinman 2011 

EXCEPTIONAL PUBLIC SERVICE AWARD

  • Megan Katt 2016 

CHAIRMAN OF THE JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF

OUTSTANDING PUBLIC SERVICE AWARD

  • William Morgan 2012

JOINT CIVILIAN SERVICE COMMENDATION AWARD

  • Tom Neuberger 2003
  • Allen Hjelmfelt 2002

After more than a year as the CNA field representative to U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, Hjelmfelt received his award for work as a strategic planner. The citation states, “Hjelmfelt's drive and selfless service advanced United States warfighting planning, by seeing through to completion the creation of the first Indo-Pacific Command Warfighting Concept."

JOINT CIVILIAN SERVICE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

  • Lonn Waters 2006

DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE

MERITORIOUS CIVILIAN SERVICE AWARD

  • Phil DePoy 1987

DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY

OUTSTANDING CIVILIAN SERVICE AWARD

  • Phil DePoy 1981