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Vice Admiral Jay Donnelly: Submarines, Service to Others and Valor

Vice Admiral Donnelly speaks about what it means to be part of a three generation Naval family and the values he developed at the Naval Academy: integrity, honor and service above one’s self. Learn about life on a submarine and the rationale behind the decisions to allow women to serve in the submarine force and the elimination of smoking on submarines.

Vice Admiral Donnelly encourages young people to start their career in the military because it prepares one for success in life. Military service is an opportunity to develop self-discipline, teamwork and the other skills critical for success in any field: communication, leadership, integrity, doing things right and doing hard things well.

For Vice Admiral Donnelly, valor is the application of sacrifice and service to others in a time of great peril. To live with valor means to act with valor.

Donnelly lives in Annapolis, Maryland with his wife of 39 years. They have three married children who each became naval officers following college. They are happily accumulating grandchildren.

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Dr. CJ Mitchell on Navy and Leadership

15th Force Master Chief of the United States Navy Reserve Dr. CJ Mitchell speaks about the meaning and theory of leadership on the most recent episode of the American Valor Podcast. Additionally, he speaks about his love for the game of baseball, his experience in the United States Navy, including as the highest ranking enlisted person in the Navy Reserve, and his passion for the Bob Feller Act of Valor Foundation, the combination of Major League Baseball and the United States military.

Dr. CJ Mitchell’s four pillars of leadership for business people, parents and students include:

1. Look them in the eye and tell them the truth.

2. Together we achieve more.

3. Leaders must first hold themselves accountable to a high standard, and then hold their teammates to a high standard.

4. Leaders must be able to communicate a vision.

Listen here: https://actofvaloraward.org/american-valor-podcast/

Mitch Harris: Naval Officer to Major League Baseball Pitcher

Mitch Harris, the second United States Naval Academy graduate to play Major League Baseball, speaks with Nathaniel Cameron, Tyler Buchholz, and Colin Kirk of the American Valor Podcast. The team discusses Mitch’s adjustment to life at the Naval Academy, maintaining his baseball skills while serving five years in the U.S. Navy, including three deployments before playing Major League Baseball for the St. Louis Cardinals in 2015. Listeners will be inspired and entertained in learning Mitch’s life story and thoughts, including commitment to self, work ethic, attention to detail, striving towards one’s goals, pitchers hitting and playing against the best players in the world.

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Baseball and Military on the American Valor Podcast

Recently on the American Valor Podcast: coach Paul Kostacopoulos, Reds legend Johnny Bench and the 70th Secretary of the Navy the Honorable John H. Dalton. Future episodes include Naval Academy graduate and former Cardinals pitcher Mitch Harris, the 15th Force Master Chief of the Navy Reserve CJ Mitchell, Dodgers legend Tommy Lasorda and Vice Admiral Jay Donnelly! Released every other Monday, the American Valor Podcast can be found on most podcast platforms.

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American Valor Podcast: the 70th Secretary of the Navy the Honorable John H. Dalton

On the American Valor Podcast, the 70th Secretary of the Navy, the Honorable John H. Dalton, reflects in depth on his life growing up in Louisiana, attending the United States Naval Academy, serving as an Officer in the Navy, working in private business and in government service. Mr. Dalton speaks about the challenging times he has faced in life as well as the positive attitude and support allowing him to persevere and grow. Mr. Dalton, embodying the Navy’s values of honor, courage and commitment, speaks about the significance of service and the importance of character in leadership. Mr. Dalton provides listeners with three simple constants to provide guidance and assurance throughout life: faith…family…and friends.

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Scholarship Opportunity for Military Children

Our military children’s essay contest is for children of military families interested in writing an essay on lessons learned from one of the 37 baseball Hall of Famers who served during World War II. Two recipients will receive scholarships and the opportunity to be honored at our annual ceremony in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, November 14th. For more information, please visit our website:

https://actofvaloraward.org/hall-of-fame-essay-contest/

American Valor Podcast: National Baseball Hall of Famer Mr. Johnny Bench

In episode number nine on the American Valor Podcast, Tyler Buchholz and Nathaniel Cameron have the privilege of speaking to the greatest catcher to ever live, Mr. Johnny Bench. Mr. Bench discusses his upbringing in Oklahoma, which was the inspiration for his values of hard work that he learned from his parents, as his father served in the Army during World War II. Mr. Bench and the team spoke about the fulfillment of his lifelong dream of being a Major League Baseball catcher at the age of 19 and eventually winning two World Series with the Big Red Machine. In 1989, his father was proud to be present at Mr. Bench’s induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Mr Bench served for six years in the Army Reserves while playing professional baseball and was named the 2018 Bob Feller Act of Valor Award recipient from the Hall of Fame. Mr Bench supports Hope for the Warriors, a national non-profit organization aiding combat wounded service members, their families and families of those killed in action. On the American Valor Podcast, Mr. Bench chats about his travels around the world with Bob Hope, playing for Cincinnati Reds and Hall of Fame manager Sparky Anderson, traits of a leader, his definition of valor, personal vowels for success and catching every ball thrown one’s way, in baseball and in life.

https://buzzsprout.com/316250/1638886-9-national-baseball-hall-of-fame-member-johnny-bench

Mr. Lou Bernardi and Mr. Bob DiBiasio on the American Valor Podcast

On episodes five and six of the American Valor podcast, we spoke to Mr. Lou Bernardi, Assistant Baseball Coach at the Merchant Marine Academy and Mr. Bob DiBiasio, Senior Vice President of Public Affairs of the Cleveland Indians. Lou and Bob both serve on the Board of Directors of the Act of Valor Foundation. Hear them share stories and lessons on their careers in baseball. Thank you for speaking on the podcast, Mr. Bernardi and Mr. DiBiasio!

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Marine Gunnery Sergeant Johnathan Rose and Lieutenant General George Flynn

Today we are highlighting two Marines on the American Valor podcast. On episodes three and four, Gunnery Sergeant Johnathan Rose and Lieutenant General George Flynn speak about their experiences in the Marine Corps. Johnathan shares his continuing support for veteran causes after being injured in combat, as well as his time as a Congressional Fellow. Lieutenant General Flynn speaks to the importance of leadership and how the Marine Corps manages risk and uncertainty. Thank you to Gunnery Sergeant Rose and Lieutenant General Flynn for your service!

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Command Sergeant Major Steve Curtis on the American Valor Podcast

Today we are reviewing our second conversation on the American Valor podcast with Retired Command Sergeant Major and Education Committee Chair Steve Curtis. Steve discusses his career serving in the infantry in the US Army, what it means to him to know that his family was supported at home while he was away, as well as his personal relationship with Bob Feller, which led him to become an active member of the Act of Valor Foundation. Thank you for sharing your experience within the service and support of the foundation, Steve!

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