SDMAC Acheivement Awards 2021
The Nancy Dix Community Achievement Awards
The four Nancy Dix Community Service Achievement Awards recognize achievement by a local military organization and a local active-duty servicemember for providing outstanding service to the San Diego community, and a civilian organization and individual for providing outstanding service to the San Diego military community. The Nancy Dix Community Service Achievement Awards are named in honor of Nancy Dix, a founding member and former president of the San Diego Military Advisory Council. In addition to her highly successful career as a partner in the law firm of DLA Piper, Nancy Dix devoted more than 25 years of public service to San Diego supporting our military community and local veterans. She was the driving force behind the development of the annual SDMAC Achievement Awards, and it was during her tenure as President of SDMAC that the first awards recognition ceremony was conducted. Nancy Dix passed away in July of 2016.
Congratulations to the following WINNERS:
The Nancy Dix Award For Military Command Community Achievement
Naval Medical Center San Diego
The Nancy Dix Award For Military Individual Community Achievement
Corporal Jacob H. Ghormley
The Nancy Dix Award For Civilian Organization Community Achievement
Armed Services YMCA San Diego
The Nancy Dix Award For Civilian Individual Community Achievement
SgtMaj Christopher Gunn USMC (Retired)
The Rear Admiral Bruce Boland Lifetime Achievement Award
Named in honor of Bruce Boland, whose exemplary naval career spanned more than three decades culminating in his assignment as Commander Naval Base San Diego, followed by service as CEO of the United way of San Diego, a founding member of Veterans Village of San Diego, and the board of the San Diego Regional Airport Authority, this award recognizes an individual’s exemplary service to both San Diego’s military and civilian communities over a significant period of time.
Rear Admiral (RADM) Bruce Boland’s exemplary Naval career spanned more than three decades culminating in his assignment as Commander Naval Base San Diego, now Navy Region Southwest. After his naval service, RADM Boland joined San Diego County government including his role as Director of Public Works. He also served as President and CEO of the United Way of San Diego, was a founding member of the Rehabilitation Campus for Veterans Village of San Diego, and he was also an original member of the SDMAC Board of Directors. In addition to a lifetime of public service, RADM Boland contributed over 20 years of constant advocacy and support to the USO where he co-founded the first USO Center at San Diego International Airport.
RADM Boland was the architect of the strategy to defeat Proposition A, the plan to move commercial airport operations from Lindbergh Field to MCAS Miramar, which was defeated by a two-thirds majority. He also chaired the Terminal Development Committee which oversaw the $1 billion green build expansion. In 2006, then Mayor Jerry Sanders appointed RADM Boland to the board of the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority, where he served until shortly before his death in 2013.
His life was marked by achievement, leadership, and consistent action for the public good, and is a model of service to his country, region, and city.
Congratulations to this year’s winner:
Captain Larry Blumberg, USN (Retired)
Thank you kindly to all those who came out in support of this inaugural SDMAC Foundation Reception