The NPS Hall of Fame recognizes the accomplishments of NPS' most distinguished alumni and friends who, through the attainment of positions at the highest levels of public service, have made the greatest contributions to society, their nations, and to the Naval Postgraduate School.

Our most recent inductees to the NPS Hall of Fame are:

Vice Admiral Alberto Soto

Vice Admiral Alberto Soto Chilean Navy
Inducted March 24, 2023;
Vice Admiral Alberto SOTO began his career in 1982. He completed operational assignments on Chilean Navy frigates ALMIRANTE RIVEROS and ALMIRANTE LYNCH and later served on the Commander, Task Force 176.1 during RIMPAC 2012, and then Head of the Strategic Planning Department at Joint Chiefs of Staff, Head of the Plans Department of the General Staff of the Navy, and Commander in Chief of the Fourth Naval Zone. In 2000, Vice Admiral Soto graduated from the Naval Postgraduate School with a Master of Science in Operations Research. In 2020, he was selected as the Commander of Naval Operations (COMOPER) for the Chilean Navy and promoted to Vice Admiral.

The Honorable Mr. Robert O. Work

Admiral Cecil Haney, USN (Ret.)
Inducted December 15, 2022 
Admiral Cecil Haney retired from the U.S. Navy in 2017 after 38 years of distinguished service. Haney began his career in 1974 at the U.S. Naval Academy (USNA), and upon graduation with a degree in ocean engineering became a submarine officer. He completed operational assignments on USS John C. Calhoun, USS Frank Cable, USS Hyman G. Rickover, USS Asheville, and Submarine Squadron Eight, ultimately commanding the fast-attack nuclear submarine USS Honolulu, Submarine Squadron One, and Submarine Group Two.

The Honorable Mr. Robert O. Work

The Honorable Mr. Robert O. Work
Inducted September 22, 2022 
A warfighter, innovator and leader, Mr. Robert Work was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the US Marine Corps in 1974 and retired as a colonel in 2001.  Mr. Work’s military career spanned 27 years including commanding an artillery battalion, the first head of the Marine Corps' Strategic Initiatives Group, and as the Military Assistant and Special Aide to then Secretary of the Navy Richard Danzig.

Vice Admiral Edward Moore Jr.

Vice Admiral Edward Moore Jr., USN (Ret.)
Inducted January 26, 2021 
A leader, warfighter and trailblazer, Vice Admiral Edward Moore was a driving force throughout his 38 year Navy career. He began in the enlisted ranks of the U.S. Navy Reserves and culminated as the Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, the highest-ranking Black Naval officer at the time and upon his retirement.

Vice Admiral Jan Tighe

Vice Admiral Jan E. Tighe, USN
Inducted June 15, 2018 
A gifted and dynamic leader, Vice Admiral Tighe has been a driving force in the development and use of information as a warfighting capability at the tactical, operational and strategic level throughout her career. Graduating from the Naval Postgraduate School in 2001, she later returned and skillfully led the university as President, providing steadfast leadership and guidance through a challenging period in the school’s history.

View the complete list of NPS Hall of Fame members.

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Distinguished Alumni

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

Our most recent Distinguished Alumni Award winners are:

  • ADM Samuel Paparo, USN (Presented Oct. 18, 2021)
  • VADM Richard Brown, USN (Ret) (Presented Oct. 1, 2020)
  • VADM David H. Lewis, USN (Presented Mar. 27, 2016)

View the complete list of NPS Distinguished Alumni Award winners.


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