Navy Memorial 2022 Naval Heritage Award to Christine Fox

The United States Navy Memorial will honor American military leader Christine H. Fox with the 2022 Naval Heritage Award at the Lone Sailor Awards Dinner on September 22, 2022.

The Naval Heritage Award is presented to distinguished Americans who have significantly supported the nation’s Sea Services, and whose lives and career exemplify the core value of Honor, Courage and Commitment.

“During her decades supporting the Department of the Navy and her service inside and outside the Department of Defense, Christine Fox has made our nation’s defense stronger,” said retired Rear Admiral Frank Thorp, President & CEO of the US Navy Memorial. “And along the way, Ms. Fox has earned the immense respect of the thousands of people with whom she has served.”

“I am deeply honored to be recognized with this award,” Ms. Fox said. “To be in the company of those who’ve carried this honor before me, and to truly understand the criteria for this award and the values it espouses is humbling. I am grateful to the United States Navy Memorial Foundation for this wonderful recognition.”

The Honorable Christine H. Fox served as the Assistant Director for Policy and Analysis of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory from May 12, 2014 until January 28, 2022. As the nation’s largest University Affiliated Research Center, APL performs research and development on behalf of the Department of Defense, the intelligence community, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and other federal agencies. Currently, Ms. Fox continues as a Senior Fellow at APL, supporting the Laboratory and its more than 8,000 staff members who make critical contributions to a wide variety of nationally and globally significant technical and scientific challenges.

Previously, she served as Acting Deputy Secretary of Defense between December 2013 and May 2014 and, prior to that, Ms. Fox served as the Director, Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation from 2009 to 2013. In that position, she was the principal civilian advisor to the Secretary of Defense for analyzing and evaluating plans, programs, and budgets in relation to U.S. defense objectives and resource constraints.

Ms. Fox served as the President of the Center for Naval Analyses (CNA), a Federally Funded Research and Development Center, and as the scientific analyst to the Chief of Naval Operations prior to her government service. During her 28-year career at CNA, Ms. Fox oversaw analysis of real-world operations, from the first Gulf War and the operations in Bosnia and Kosovo in the 1990s, to the operations in Afghanistan immediately following the September 11th attacks, and the operation in Iraq in early 2003.

From 2003-2005, Ms. Fox served as a member of NASA’s Return to Flight Task Group, chartered by the NASA Administrator to certify the recommendations made by the Columbia Accident Investigation Board. Currently, Ms. Fox serves on the governing committee for the Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences for the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. She also serves on the oversight board for the U.S. Naval Institute and is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Ms. Fox earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics and a Master of Science degree in applied mathematics from George Mason University. She is a three-time recipient of the Department of Defense Distinguished Service Medal. She has also been awarded the Department of the Army’s Decoration for Distinguished Civilian Service.

Ms. Fox joins an impressive list of Naval Heritage Award recipients who have distinguished themselves with their tremendous support of the sea services while exemplifying the Navy’s Core values of Honor, Courage, and Commitment.

Ms. Fox will receive the Naval Heritage Award at the U.S. Navy Memorial’s Lone Sailor Awards Dinner on September 22, 2022. Additionally, the United States Navy Memorial’s 2022 Lone Sailor Awards Program will air online on September 27, 2022.

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