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Midshipman Wins “Tomorrow’s Leader” Laureate Award

Posted on: April 04, 2013 08:00 EDT by Jessica Clark

Naval Academy Midshipman 1st Class Ben Putbrese was named one of four “Tomorrow’s Leaders” at the Aviation Week Laureate Awards Dinner last month in Washington, D.C.

The Aviation Week laureate awards were established more than 50 years ago to recognize individuals and teams for achievements that embody the spirit of exploration, innovation and vision and inspire others to strive for significant, broad-reaching progress in aviation. 

The Tomorrow's Leaders award honors young men and women who have chosen career paths in the armed forces, are ranked within the top five percent of their graduating class, and have demonstrated a special interest in aviation or aerospace.

“I've had a strong interest in aviation, especially human spaceflight, ever since I assembled my first Lego space shuttle back when I was just a little kid,” said Putbrese, an aerospace engineering major with a 4.0 cumulative grade point average. “When I came to the Naval Academy, I was immediately drawn to the camaraderie and technical expertise I saw in the naval aviation community.”

In addition to his outstanding academic record, Putbrese serves as the brigade executive officer, the second highest ranking midshipman out of more than 4,000. He is a member of the academy’s American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics student chapter and races with the Naval Academy marathon team. He is qualified to run in the Boston Marathon later this year.

“I believe this award is really just a testament to what an outstanding aerospace engineering department we have at USNA,” said Putbrese. “Our program is truly world class, and our faculty and staff are totally dedicated to producing the next generation of aviation leaders.”

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