This distinguished recognition is given by the president of the United States to those senior executives who have demonstrated extraordinary professional, technical and scientific achievements on a national or international level.
According to the award criteria, Patrick M. Sullivan, SPAWAR executive director; William J. Deligne, SPAWAR Systems Center Atlantic deputy executive director; and Dr. William H. Luebke, SPAWAR logistics and fleet support, have exemplified the highest levels of leadership competencies, strength, integrity and a relentless commitment to excellence in public service.
"It was an honor to accept this award on behalf of the men and women, both military and civilian, who proudly serve at SPAWAR," said Sullivan. "It is a privilege to work alongside dedicated professionals who make a difference every day in delivering and sustaining cyber warfighting capability for the Navy and our Nation. I am very pleased with what we have accomplished and look forward to the continued excellence we strive for as a team. I am extremely grateful to the organization and for this tremendous recognition."
The meritorious executive rank is awarded to only 5 percent of SES career members, which includes a lump-sum payment of 20 percent of their rate of annual basic pay, a silver pin and a framed certificate signed by the president. The percentage of senior career employees who may receive each award is based on the government-wide number of career appointees in Office of Personnel Management-allocated senior-level and scientific-professional positions as of Sept. 30 the previous fiscal year.
Spencer emphasized that SPAWAR represents 30 percent of the meritorious rank recipients this year, which showcases the importance of SPAWAR and the command's overall support to the fleet.
"This year, it gives me great pleasure to award meritorious executive rank to three SPAWAR leaders for their significant accomplishments and impact across the fleet," said Spencer. "The award of meritorious executive rank is a prestigious honor and demonstrates the importance of SPAWAR's leadership in the cyber domain and their critical support to our Navy."
SPAWAR is the Navy acquisition command that develops, delivers and sustains advanced information warfare capabilities. With nearly 10,000 active duty and civilian professionals located around the world and close to the fleet, SPAWAR is at the forefront of research, engineering and acquisition, keeping our forces connected around the globe.