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Former CNP Recognized With Distinguished Alumnus Award
U.S. Navy photo MC2 Nathan K. Serpico

Former CNP Recognized With Distinguished Alumnus Award

By MC2 Nathan K. Serpico

Retired Vice Adm. Scott R. Van Buskirk was presented with the NPS Distinguished Alumnus Award in Spanagel Hall, April 19, in recognition of his extraordinary leadership, distinguished career in the Department of Defense, and valuable support to the NPS community.

During his 34-year career, Van Buskirk’s achievements include commanding the Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Pasadena (SSN 752) and Submarine Development Squadron (DEVRON) 12. As a flag officer, he served as commander, Task Force Total Force; commander, Carrier Strike Group Nine; the 47th commander of the Seventh Fleet Area of Operation; as well as the Navy’s 54th Chief of Naval Personnel.

Van Buskirk expressed gratitude and appreciation after receiving the award while speaking to several current NPS submariner students about leadership and the future of the silent service, giving anecdotes and advice gathered from a lengthy and successful career.

“I wanted to share some things I have learned through my experiences and have had the chance to reflect on along the way,” said Van Buskirk. “We really are part of a great organization. Not just the submarine force, but the entire Navy is doing some really great things out there. I wish you all well during your time here and as you return to the fleet.”

The NPS Distinguished Alumni Program recognizes any alumnus/a of the Naval Postgraduate School who has made distinguished contributions to a branch of learning associated with national security, has rendered distinguished service to some aspect of their national security, or has made a distinguished professional achievement which reflects great credit on the recipient and NPS.

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