"It was an honor for the Intelligence Community to bestow one of its highest awards on Stephen – the National Intelligence Medal for Valor – in deep appreciation for his example of courage," said Admiral Dennis C. Blair, Director of National Intelligence (DNI), about the dedication. "It is entirely fitting that the Department of the Navy has honored the memory of Cryptologic Technician Technical First Class (SW) Steven P. Daugherty by giving his name to its new Assessment Center at Naval Surface Warfare Center, Corona Division." Stephen was born on 16 May 1979 and was killed in Iraq on 6 July 2007.
The Medal for Valor recognizes heroism and courage in connection with an Intelligence Community contribution to national security. It is second only to the Intelligence Cross in IC awards for bravery. The DNI established the awards Oct. 1, 2008, to properly acknowledge the extraordinary and mostly unsung accomplishments of Intelligence Community members.