WASHINGTON - Former commanding officer of USS Chafee (DDG 90) and the current commander of the USS Boise (SSN 764) were announced as the recipients of the 2012 Vice Adm. James Bond Stockdale Leadership Award for the U.S. Pacific Fleet and U.S. Fleet Forces Command, respectively, Sep. 17, in NAVADMIN 282/12.
Cmdr. Chase D. Patrick, from USS Chafee, and Cmdr. Brian L. Sittlow, from USS Boise, were nominated by their peers for the award and were among ten candidates recommended by their fleet commanders for consideration by a panel of senior officers.
The Stockdale Award is presented annually to two active duty officers below the rank of captain who command operational units and whose personal initiatives and performance contribute to the overall excellence of the units.
"Cmdr. Patrick and Cmdr. Sittlow, as well as all the nominees, should be justifiably proud of their achievements," said Vice Adm. Scott R. Van Buskirk, Chief of Naval Personnel. "These two commanders have demonstrated the highest level of leadership reflecting the legacy of Vice Adm. Stockdale."
Patrick commanded guided missile destroyer USS Chafe from April 2010 to October 2011 and was nominated for the award by the current commanding officer Cmdr. Justin Kubu.
"During his tenure as CO, he (Patrick) instilled a culture of excellence through the framework of a simple yet wonderfully effective command philosophy: 'Mission accomplishment by Navy professionals,'" wrote Kubu. "This philosophy permeated every level of the command and the effects were obvious; a reinvigoration of involved leadership, cleanliness and topside smartness became a matter of pride and enthusiastic professionalism and decorum ever-present on the deckplates."
Sittlow was nominated by Cmdr. Seth Burton, CO of USS Scranton (SSN 756). In his nomination letter Burton wrote, "As commander of the USS Boise, Cmdr. Sittlow embodies all personal aspects for the Stockdale leadership Award and USS Boise's numerous accomplishments and readiness to conduct deployed operations are a direct result of his dedicated leadership initiatives."
Patrick and Sittlow are scheduled to receive their awards in November at the Pentagon.
Vice Adm. James Bond Stockdale, for whom the Stockdale Award is named, articulated five roles for a leader - moralist, jurist, teacher, steward and philosopher.
A Naval Academy graduate and pilot, Stockdale ejected from his A-4E Skyhawk over North Vietnam in September 1965 and was held prisoner and frequently tortured until February 1973. He received the Medal of Honor in 1976 and served as president of the Naval War College from October 1977 until August 1979.
He died in 2005 and is buried at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. He is survived by his wife Sybil of Coronado, Calif., his four sons and eight grandchildren.