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March 08, 2004

Deborah A. Loewer receives outstanding alumni award from Wright State College of Science and Mathematics

Deborah A. Loewer, Ph.D., Rear Adm. (Select), Vice Commander for Military Sealift Command, U.S. Navy, is the 2004 Outstanding Alumni Award winner from the Wright State University College of Science and Mathematics. Loewer, a 1976 Wright State graduate, also earned a Ph.D. in International Law from the University of Kiel in Kiel, Germany. Following her selection as an Olmsted Scholar, she has attended the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, Calif., and the Goethe Institute in Stuttgart, Germany.

Loewer graduated from Officer Candidate School and received her commission in the United States Navy in 1976. As one of the first women assigned to shipboard duty, she attended Surface Warfare Officer Basic Course, graduating first in her class. She has served as the commanding officer of the USS Mount Baker and the USS Camden, as well as military assistant to the deputy secretary of defense and secretary of defense. Loewer also served as director of the White House Situation Room and System and Technical Planning Staff. On Sept. 11, 2001, Loewer was the first person to inform President Bush of an attack on the World Trade Center.

Loewer’s personal awards include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and National Defense Service Medal.


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