The other finalists, selected for “inspirational leadership” according to the release, are:
- Commander Martin Muckian, CO, USS Greenville
- Commander David Ray, former CO, USS New Orleans
- Commander Andrew Thomson, CO, USS John Paul Jones
- Commander Brian Weiss, former CO, VP-9
- Commander Greg Zettler, CO, USS Norfolk
- Commander Daryle Cardone, former CO, VAQ-121
Rear Admiral Babette Bolivar is the only woman to ever be nominated for the award. She was a 2006 PACFLT finalist.