WAYNE, Pa. (NNS) -- The Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), Adm. Gary Roughead, received the Bob Hope Five-Star Award for Distinguished Service to the United States of America from his high school alma mater, Valley Forge Military Academy and College (VFMAC) on Oct. 19.
CNO is the 25th recipient of the Bob Hope Five-Star Award and was chosen because of his outstanding achievements during more than 35 years of service in the U.S. Navy.
"I am thrilled that Valley Forge has the opportunity to honor Adm. Gary Roughead for his contributions to our country. He is an inspiration to us as one of this nation's great military leaders, one of many in the tradition of Valley Forge Military Academy & College graduates that includes, General H. Norman Schwarzkopf, Senator Warren B. Rudman, and Former Prime Minister of Bulgaria Simeon Rylski," said Charles A. McGeorge, president of VFMAC.
CNO was honored with a pass and review featuring a mounted parade by the VFMAC's 81st Corps of Cadets. He also participated in a personal luncheon with VFMAC alumni and staff. Roughead said the friendships and experiences he had at Valley Forge shaped him throughout his life and built the foundation of his character.
"Thank you again for this incredible honor and for your wonderful hospitality. I will never forget [this], and I applaud and thank you for everything you are doing to carry forth the traditions of this wonderful institution that we all love so much," Roughead said.
Bob Hope was the award's first recipient in 1975. VFMAC said he inspired the selection criteria for the award: someone who possesses strength of character, unmatched leadership ability, and an unwavering love for and devotion to our great nation. The 24th Bob Hope Five-Star Award recipient was Mr. H. Ross Perot in 2004.
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