Josh Flynt | October 4, 2019
The University of Notre Dame Alumni Association recognized the 2019 recipients of two of its most prestigious awards during the fall meeting of the Alumni Association’s board of directors.
In recognition of his exemplary U.S. Naval service, including his current positions as commander of the United States Fleet Forces Command, United States Naval Forces Northern Command and United States Naval Forces Strategic Command, Adm. Chris Grady, class of 1984, was presented with the Rev. William Corby, C.S.C., Award, which honors a Notre Dame graduate who has distinguished himself or herself in military service. The award is named for the University’s third president, who served as chaplain of the Irish Brigade during the U.S. Civil War.
“I am truly honored to be a Corby Award recipient, in the truest spirit of ‘God, Country, Notre Dame’ and the Navy’s core values of honor, courage and commitment,” Grady said. “It was Notre Dame that set me on the transcendent path to be a disciplined, ethical warrior and leader, one who knows that peace and liberty are worth fighting for.”
Grady is Notre Dame’s first and only four-star flag or general officer, a seminal achievement for a University with such enduring connections to the armed forces. After graduation, Grady served in a variety of at-sea billets leading to command of USS Chief, USS Ardent, USS Cole, Destroyer Squadron 22, Carrier Strike Group One, Naval Surface Force Atlantic, the US Sixth Fleet and Striking and Support Forces NATO.
Grady is also a distinguished graduate of Georgetown University and the National War College. He served in numerous policy and strategy billets with the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Chief of Naval Operations and the National Security Council at the White House.
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