ARLINGTON, Va. — U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Robert J. Papp Jr. will receive the 2014 Admiral Arleigh Burke Leadership Award at this year’s Sea-Air-Space Exposition.
Selected for his “outstanding leadership, personal integrity, professional achievement and unselfish dedication to America,” Papp will be presented with Navy League’s highest honor at the Sea-Air-Space Banquet on April 8 at the Gaylord Convention Center at National Harbor, Md. Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert, Chief of Naval Operations, will deliver the keynote address that evening.
The Arleigh Burke Award is presented to an individual who exemplifies the highest ideals of the United States and the Navy League. Papp, who assumed the duties of the 24th commandant of the Coast Guard on May 25, 2010, will retire May 30 after 39 years of service.
The Admiral Arleigh Burke Leadership Award recognizes an outstanding leader from government (civilian or military), industry, or academia, whose life is in keeping with the example set by Admiral Burke. Papp will receive an engraved bronze medallion. A replica of the Burke destroyer, created by Bath Iron Works, is displayed at Navy League Headquarters with the names of the award recipients. Papp will join them as the 21st Arleigh Burke Award winner.