The Admiral Grace Hopper Award
★ A Commitment to Inclusion 

The Admiral Grace Hopper Award (AGHA) is presented annually by the Chancellor of the College of Information and Cyberspace (CIC) at National Defense University (NDU). It recognizes distinguished individuals who are both thought leaders advancing the fields of information and cyberspace in the national security community, as well as those who have a track record of advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts in support of a strong workforce.

It is named in honor of Admiral Grace Hopper, an early and notable pioneer in computing who also served as an instructor at the Department of Defense (DoD) Computer Institute (DoDCI), which is a previous name of CIC. Watch a former DoDCI employee recount his experiences with Hopper here. Read an article about the dedication of Hopper Auditorium here, which is where the award ceremony is held.

A selection committee (with staff, faculty, and student representation) reviews nominated candidates and makes recommendations for approval by the CIC Chancellor. There is one recipient annually and they are provided the opportunity to share their insights with the CIC community as a lecture. The recipient must be a notable senior leader in the national security, information, and/or cyberspace fields who represents the pursuit of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

This program directly supports the CIC and NDU educational mission, while also pursuing the spirit of the Military Leadership Diversity Commission Final Report (2011), DoD Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan (2012), DoD Women, Peace, and Security Strategic Framework and Implementation Plan (2020), and Executive Order 13985 “Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government” (2021).


Loretta E. Reynolds

Lieutenant General, U.S.M.C.

★★★ 2021 and Inaugural Recipient ★★★


Lieutenant General Loretta E. Reynolds is the Deputy Commandant for Information, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps; and Commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Strategic Command. She was commissioned in May 1986 upon graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy and assigned as a Communications Officer.

As a Company grade officer, she served in various billets at 1st Marine Division Communications Company, Marine Wing Communication Squadron 18 in Okinawa, Marine Corps Systems Command, and 9th Communication Battalion, I MEF.

As a Field Grade officer, she was selected to command Recruiting Station Harrisburg PA and then served as an Action Officer and Division Head at HQMC C4. She was selected to command 9th Communication Battalion in 2003 and deployed the battalion to Fallujah Iraq in support of I MEF during Operation Iraqi Freedom II. She was subsequently assigned to duty with the Joint Staff J6 in Washington DC where she was an Action Officer and Division Head. Col Reynolds assumed command of 1 MEF Headquarters Group in 2009 and deployed the Group to Helmand Province Afghanistan in support of I MEF and RC Southwest during Operation Enduring Freedom.

As a General Officer, she commanded Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island/Eastern Recruiting Region from 2011-2014, was the Principal Deputy to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense South and Southeast Asia in OSD Policy from 2014-2015 and commanded Marine Corps Forces Cyberspace Command from 2015-2018. LtGen Reynolds has commanded at every rank.

Her professional military education includes The Basic School, the Basic Communication Officer’s Course, Command and Control Systems Course, the Naval War College and the Army War College. She has earned Masters Degrees from both the Naval War College and the Army War College.

Her personal decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal (with gold star), the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (with gold star).

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