Navy Award Named for Michael Carl ’77

Michael J. Carl

Due to the outstanding achievements of the late U.S. Navy Commander Michael Carl ’77, the Chemical and Biological Defense (CBD) Most Accomplished and Responsive to the Fleet Award has been renamed the Michael J. Carl Chemical and Biological Defense Most Accomplished and Responsive to the Fleet Community Member(s) Award.

A graduate of Indiana High School and the son of the late Major Martin J. Carl, RET USAF, and Nelda Carl, Michael joined the Navy after graduating IUP and retired a commander.

Michael died unexpectedly this past year. He was the first recipient of the award, established in 2006, and led transformational changes in how the Navy supported sailors and Marines with CBD individual protective equipment, continuously demonstrated technical stewardship by ensuring such requirements were met.

The renamed award was posthumously awarded to him and his fellow team leads, Mike Taft and Bill Bradley.

“As team leads of the Chemical and Biological Defense Individual Protection Readiness Improvement Program (RIP), all three distinguished themselves by demonstrating an extraordinary achievement record during Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation New Dawn. They were a model of excellence in that they rapidly and professionally responded to the needs of the Fleet Forces in ensuring that each deploying sailor was provided with fully serviceable, properly fitted CBR Defense individual protection equipment. Their efforts directly contributed to a historically successful level of individual readiness protection for our fleet operational sailors against any chemical, biological, or radiological threat.” (from official news release)

Michael J. Carl Award

Above: Commander Capt. Thomas Brovarone (left), Naval Surface Warfare Center, Panama City Division, and Acting Technical Director Edwin Stewart (right) present posthumously, on behalf of Naval Sea Systems Command and the NSWC PCD, the Michael J. Carl Chemical and Biological Defense Most Accomplished and Responsive to the Fleet Community Member(s) Award on August 16, 2011, to Mr. Carl’s surviving wife and daughters: (from left ) Viola Carl, Brittany, and Michaela. Systems Modernization and Supportability Branch Head Mike Taft and IPE Program Commodity Area Manager William Bradley were also recognized as two of Mr. Carl’s colleagues who have played—and continue to play—a significant role in revitalizing and modernizing NAVSEA’s Chem-Bio Defense Individual Protective Equipment program, increasing the U.S. Navy’s Sailors’ readiness against CBD threats. Photo: Dan Broadstreet