Retired US Navy Admiral James Stavridis received the 2019 Churchill Leadership Award at the 36th International Churchill Conference on October 30 in Washington, D.C. The former NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe received the International Churchill Society’s highest award from Sir Winston Churchill’s granddaughter Celia Sandys.
The award presentation took place immediately following the admiral’s keynote speech to the conference and a question-and-answer period with his good friend Ambassador Reuben E. Brigety II, who is the Dean of the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University.
Admiral Stavridis graduated from the US Naval Academy in 1976 and went on to have a thirty-seven year career that culminated in his becoming the first navy officer to serve as commander of NATO. After retiring as a four-star admiral, Stavridis served as Dean of the Fletcher School. Currently he is an Operating Executive with The Carlyle Group and Chair of the Board of Counselors at McLarty Associates.
The admiral spoke about the current state of international security and the need for the United States to remain alert to all potential hazards. In presenting the award, Celia Sandy’s observed that Admiral Stavridis exemplified the characteristic Churchill qualities of boldness and resolution essential to successful leadership.