Man of the Year

Admiral_William_E._Gortney_2013The Supreme Executive Committee of Kappa Sigma Fraternity has selected Brother and Admiral William E. Gortney, USN of the Lambda-Lambda Chapter at Elon University as the 2013 Kappa Sigma Man of the Year.  He is the 80th Brother in the history of the Fraternity to receive this distinguished award. Brother Gortney is a 1974 initiate of the Lambda-Lambda Chapter.

Admiral William E. “Bill” Gortney graduated from Elon College in North Carolina, earning a Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science in 1977. He entered the Navy as an Aviation Officer Candidate, received his commission in the United States Naval Reserve in September 1977, and earned his wings of gold in December 1978.

Admiral William E. Gortney
US Fleet Forces Command
2013 Man of the Year

On three different occasions Admiral Gortney commanded forces in the U.S. Central Command area of operations, providing support to Maritime Security Operations and combat operations for Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. These assignments included Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command / U.S. 5th Fleet / Combined Maritime Forces, NSA Bahrain, 2008-2010; Commander, Carrier Strike Group 10, onboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), 2007-2008; and Commander, Carrier Air Wing 7, onboard USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67), 2002-2003.

Additional command tours included VFA-106, the East Coast FA-18 Fleet Replacement Squadron, NAS Cecil Field, Florida, 1996-1997; and VFA-15, 1994-1995, onboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71).

Admiral Gortney’s fleet assignments included VA-82, 1981-1984, onboard USS Nimitz (CVN 68); VFA-87, 1988-1990, onboard USS Theodore Roosevelt; Executive Officer, VFA-132, 1991-1992, onboard USS Forrestal (CV 59); Executive Officer, VFA-15, 1992-1994, onboard USS Theodore Roosevelt; and Deputy Commander, Carrier Air Wing 7, onboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69).

Other overseas assignments included Deputy for Current Operations, Joint Task Force Southwest Asia, Eskan Village, Saudi Arabia, 1999; Chief, Naval and Amphibious Liaison Element to the Combined Forces Air Component Commander, U.S. Central Command, for the opening months of OIF at Prince Sultan Air Base, Saudi Arabia; and Chief of Staff, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command / U.S. 5th Fleet, NSA Bahrain, 2003-2004.

Shore assignments included VT-26, NAS Beeville, Texas, 1978-1980; VFA-125, NAS Lemoore, California, 1984-1988; Aide and Flag Lieutenant to the Assistant Chief of Naval Operations (Air Warfare), Washington D.C., 1990-1991; Joint Staff, J-33 Joint Operations Department CENTCOM Division, 1998-1999. A 1996 graduate of the Naval War College, he earned a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies. His first flag tour was as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Global Force  Management and Joint Operations, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, Norfolk, Virginia, 2004-2006. His last assignment was as Director, Joint Staff, 2010-2012.

Admiral Gortney has flown over 5,360 mishap-free flight hours and 1,265 carrier-arrested landings, primarily in the A-7E Corsair II and the FA-18 Hornet. He is authorized to wear the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Navy Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (four awards), Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Air Medal(three awards: Gold Numeral One, two Strike/Flight), Defense Commendation Medal (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Sea Service Ribbon (8 awards), and the Overseas Service Ribbon (2 awards).


Past Recipients

Name Chapter School Year
Cyrus R. Smith Tau University of Texas 1937
Lowell J. Thomas Beta-Omicron University of Denver 1938
Warren R. Austin, Jr Alpha-Lambda University of Vermont 1939
Frederick H. Albee Alpha-Rho Bowdoin College 1940
Edward R. Murrow Gamma-Mu Washington State University 1941
James H. Macia Jr Gamma-Rho University of Arizona 1942
Jack E. Manch Upsilon Hampden-Sydney College 1942
Roy C. Osgood Alpha-Eta George Washington University 1943
Dwight H. Green Alpha-Pi Wabash College 1944
Clinton A. Pierce Alpha-Gamma University of Illinois 1945
Ernest W. Goodpasture Kappa Vanderbilt University 1946
Beauford H. Jester Tau University of Texas 1947
Edwin P. Hubble Gamma-Beta University of Chicago 1948
Cason J. Callaway Zeta University of Virginia 1949
Rev Fred P. Corson, Ret Beta-Pi Dickinson College 1950
Carey E. Kefauver Lambda University of Tennessee 1951
Donald H. Mc Laughlin Beta-Xi University of California/Berkeley 1952
Hoagland H. Carmichael Beta-Theta Indiana University 1953
Thomas J. Williams Xi University of Arkansas 1954
Arnold M. Johnson Gamma-Beta University of Chicago 1955
Henry G. Symonds Beta-Zeta Stanford University 1956
Francis S. Van Derbur Beta-Omicron University of Denver 1957
Willard F. Rockwell, Jr Alpha-Delta Pennsylvania State University 1958
E. Branch Mc Cracken Beta-Theta Indiana University 1959
John M. Olin Alpha-Kappa Cornell University 1960
Spencer T. Olin Alpha-Kappa Cornell University 1960
HON John G. Tower Iota Southwestern University 1961
HON Paul J. Fannin Gamma-Rho University of Arizona 1962
James B. Fisk Gamma-Pi MIT 1963
Dr Denton A. Cooley Tau University of Texas 1964
Reno Odlin Beta-Psi University of Washington 1965
William A. Whitfield Gamma-Lambda Iowa State University 1966
Benjamin S. Gilmer Beta-Eta Auburn University 1967
James H. Binns Beta-Omicron University of Denver 1968
GEN Samuel C. Phillips Delta-Gamma University of Wyoming 1969
HON Robert J. Dole Gamma-Omicron University of Kansas 1970
Edgar D. Mitchell Delta-Alpha Carnegie Mellon University 1971
Lamar Hunt Delta-Pi Southern Methodist University 1972
Joseph D. Waggonner Jr Epsilon-Gamma Louisiana Tech University 1973
John B. Kelly, Jr Alpha-Epsilon University of Pennsylvania 1974
Dr John W. Ryan Delta-Sigma University of Utah 1975
Ardeshir Zahedi Epsilon-Kappa Utah State University 1976
Richard F. Barry III Epsilon-Beta University of Miami 1977
William R. Hewlett Beta-Zeta Stanford University 1978
Dr Lee S. Dreyfus Beta-Epsilon University of Wisconsin 1979
David C. Treen Sigma Tulane University 1980
Rev John M. Allin Sr Omega University of The South 1981
Larry M. Speakes Delta-Xi University of Mississippi 1982
Fred M. Russell Kappa Vanderbilt University 1983
Charles L. Massey Jr Xi University of Arkansas 1984
Lewis W. Lehr Alpha-Psi University of Nebraska 1985
Paul H. Henson Alpha-Psi University of Nebraska 1986
Robert W. Lundeen Gamma-Sigma Oregon State University 1987
Mort Walker Beta-Gamma University of Missouri/Columbia 1988
HON Dante B. Fascell Epsilon-Beta University of Miami 1989
E. Fay Jones, Jr Xi University of Arkansas 1990
Dr Russel L. Wiener Phi Rhodes College 1991
Samuel Donaldson Epsilon-Xi University of Texas/El Paso 1992
Jerral W. Jones Xi University of Arkansas 1993
Robert J. Eaton Gamma-Omicron University of Kansas 1994
John F. Smith, Jr Gamma-Delta University of Massachusetts 1994
Robert D. Krebs Beta-Zeta Stanford University 1995
Richard E. Rainwater Tau University of Texas 1996
Pierson M. Grieve Jr Epsilon-Delta Northwestern University 1997
Philip S. Anderson Jr Xi University of Arkansas 1998
Col. Ronald J. Webb Beta-Theta Indiana University 1999
Raymond J. Lane, Jr Gamma-Phi West Virginia University 2000
Hon Paul E. Patton Beta-Nu University of Kentucky 2001
General Paul V. Hester Delta-Xi University of Mississippi 2002
Todd R. Wagner Beta-Theta Indiana University 2003
Michael L. Eskew Chi Purdue University 2004
Sonny Perdue Beta-Lambda University of Georgia 2005
Martin C. Petersen Rho Arizona State University 2006
Alan R. Mulally Gamma-Omicron University of Kansas 2007
Richard M. Burr Delta-Omega Wake Forest University 2008
Gary D. Forsee Beta-Chi Missouri Univ. of Science & Technology 2009
Jim Morris Beta-Theta Indiana University 2010
Brian J. O’Dwyer Alpha-Eta George Washington University 2011
Bill Wittliff Tau University of Texas at Austin 2012
William E. Gortney Lambda-Lambda Elon University 2013

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