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Trustee Emeritus ADM Ronald Zlatoper ’63 To Receive American Patriot Award

From the President's Desk

To: The Rensselaer Community
Re: Trustee Emeritus ADM Ronald Zlatoper ’63 To Receive American Patriot Award

I am pleased to announce that Admiral Ronald “Zap” Zlatoper, USN (Ret), Rensselaer Class of 1963 and trustee emeritus of Rensselaer, will receive the American Patriot Award from the Navy League of the United States, Honolulu Council, at its 16th Annual American Patriot Awards Dinner on Sept. 21. This year, the Council will honor ADM Zlatoper, along with Grammy-nominated musician and composer Henry Kapano. Selection is based upon service to the nation and service to the community. 

According to the Navy League of the United States, ADM Zlatoper is a career U.S. Navy pilot with 33 years’ experience in the Navy, and he is a community leader. He was one of very few who flew missions in both the Vietnam War and Desert Storm. He was the Commanding Officer of VA-85, the Commander of Carrier Air Wing 1 and Carrier Air Wing 15, the Seventh Fleet Chief of Staff, and Desert Storm Battle Group Commander of Carrier Group 7.

ADM Zlatoper has received numerous personal decorations including the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Navy Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal, and the Navy Commendation Medal with Combat V. 

Ashore, he was the F/A-18 Program Coordinator in OPNAV, and Executive Assistant on the Secretary of the Navy’s Staff and the Military Assistant to the Secretary of the Defense. As a Vice Admiral (3 star), he was the Deputy Chief of Operations for Personnel. Promoted to Admiral (4 star), he served as the Commander in Chief of the Pacific Fleet. 

Retiring from the Navy in 1997, ADM Zlatoper was the Chairman and CEO of Sanchez Computer Associates Inc. In addition to serving a trustee emeritus of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, he serves on three corporate boards, has served as a Trustee of the Estate for James Campbell, and is now active as Governor for Chaminade University, on the Board the University of Hawaii Engineering School, the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum, the Military Affairs Council, Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii, and Catholic Charities of Hawaii. He has served as the Dean of the Consular Corps of Hawaii and is currently the Honorary Council for Slovenia. 

Please join me in congratulating ADM Zlatoper on this very prestigious honor.