This award is made in the name of RADM Thomas F. Brown III, USN(Ret), whose 31-year career included 5,000 flight hours, 1,017 carrier landings and 343 Vietnam missions. Among units commanded were USS Midway (CV-41) and Carrier Groups One and Five. His degrees from Mt. St. Mary’s, U.C. Berkeley and the National War College and his ongoing second career as a middle school teacher and administrator underscore his lifelong commitment to education. Tom served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Tailhook Association 1996–2000 and was instrumental in re-establishing strong links with the Navy.
This award is in the memory of RADM James D. “Jig Dog” Ramage, who will long be remembered for his heroism while leading air strikes from USS Enterprise (CV-6) during World War II, and in later years his role in the development of modern battle group philosophy and Joint-service tactical doctrine. He was instrumental in framing the policies that guided the formation of the Tailhook Association and provided a large editorial influence responsible for the growth and success of The Hook magazine.
This scholarship honors Randall Leo “Junkman” Jones. Randy pitched in Major League Baseball for the San Diego Padres and New York Mets being named as the National League Pitcher of the Year and winning the Cy Young Award in 1976. He was also selected as the left-handed pitcher on The Sporting News NL All-Star Teams after the 1975 and 1976 seasons. Jones owns the distinction of recording a save for the NL in the 1975 All Star game and being the starting and winning pitcher the next year. He entered the 1976 All-Star Game with a record of 16-3, an All Star break win total that no one has equaled since. After his retirement, Jones’ uniform No. 35 was retired by the San Diego Padres. In 1996, Jones was inducted by the San Diego Hall of Champions into the Breitbard Hall of Fame which honors San Diego’s finest athletes both on and off the field. In addition, he was inducted as part of the inaugural San Diego Padres Hall of Fame Class in 1999. Randy continues to be active with his former team, leading the SD Padres Alumni Players group. He also is the founder and Chairman of the Board of the Board of The Randy Jones foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in San Diego, Calif. that seeks to provide new opportunities and / or resources for kids from military families to participate in local sporting events, programs, and outdoor activities.
Jeep enlisted in the Navy in 1942 after graduating from the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio. He was appointed an Aviation Cadet and received orders to report to flight training. Commissioned an ensign and designated a Naval Aviator, his Naval career spanned 27 years and 3 wars including World War II, Korea and Vietnam. He Commanded the USS Hancock (CVA-19), 1966 – 1967. Jeep was interested in education. His favorite quote was, “Education is the great leveler. I’m interested in young people, and, anything we can do to assist them makes the effort and contribution worthwhile.”
VADM James B. Stockdale, USN(Ret), an indomitable Medal of Honor awardee, Naval Aviator and academician who endured more than seven years of captivity during the Vietnam War was one of the most highly decorated officers in U.S. Naval history. He received two Distinguished Flying Crosses, two Purple Hearts and four Silver Stars among his 26 combat decorations. He was the only three-star admiral to wear both aviator wings and the Medal of Honor, which was presented by President Ford in 1976.
These wonderful ladies stayed home and minded the front while their husbands were on deployment and training work ups. They raised the children, held support groups and other feats of leadership, and did it superbly, allowing their husbands to perform duties knowing that their families were safe. These women mentored many wives and continue to be an example for those who support their aviators and their careers. Their legacy will be with us forever, and the founders of this scholarship are pleased to present this award in their memory.
Mr. Bryn began his career with the Morro Bay Police Department in the 1980s and served with the San Luis Obispo Police Department 1986–2005. He was the County Sheriff's Department public information officer and crime prevention specialist, a longtime active member of the Central Coast Navy League and a Life Member of the Tailhook Association. He was known fraternally for his reading and presentation of the “Bug Roach Prayer” at the annual reunion in Reno.