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The Vice Admiral Emory S. "Jerry" Land Medal


Outstanding Accomplishment in the Marine Field




          Kevin Graney  |  General Dynamics Electric Boat





Kevin Graney became President of General Dynamics Electric Boat in October 2019. Electric Boat employs 18,000 shipbuilders, designing, building and maintaining our nation’s submarine fleet.  

Graney was born and raised in Cheektowaga, New York, and earned a bachelor’s degree in marine engineering and nuclear science from SUNY Maritime College in 1986. Upon graduation, he was commissioned as a naval officer, served aboard USS George C. Marshall (SSBN 654) and as an instructor at Nuclear Power Training Unit Ballston Spa, New York. Graney began his shipbuilding career with General Dynamics Electric Boat as a Senior Engineer in 1995 and supported the design and construction of the Virginia Class submarine, the British Astute Class submarine and the Ford Class aircraft carrier. He joined NASSCO in January 2006, was named Vice President and General Manager in January 2013 and became President of General Dynamics NASSCO in 2017. During his 14-year career at NASSCO, Graney supported the design, construction and delivery of 38 ships for the Navy and commercial Jones Act customers.

Graney currently lives in Stonington, CT and is married to Cheryl Kidd Graney from Colchester, CT. Together, they have a daughter, Katherine, a graduate of UC Davis.


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About The Vice Admiral Emory S. "Jerry" Land Medal

The Vice Admiral Emory S. ‘Jerry’ Land Medal is for "Outstanding Accomplishment in the Marine Field." 

It was established by the Executive Committee in 1952 in honor of Vice Admiral Emory S. ‘Jerry’ Land.

VADM Emory S. Land is recognized as instrumental in the buildup of the U.S. Merchant Marine prior to and during World War II. His role in the design, establishment and maintenance of S-class submarines, Liberty and Victory ships, and merchant ships during those troubled years was a key factor in the country’s success during the war. His mark on the establishment and development of the United States Merchant Marine Academy was also indelible, and his service to his professional society culminated with his serving as SNAME President.

The award title is "The Vice Admiral Emory S. ‘Jerry’ Land Medal." The medal will be made of gold-plated bronze, hexagonal in shape, measuring 2 1/2 inches (6.25 cm) from the top to bottom across the points of the hexagon, the obverse side showing a likeness of Admiral Land and the reverse side carrying an inscription of the award. Eligibility for the medal need not be limited to membership in SNAME. The proposal for award may be made by a member of SNAME in good standing.
The selection of the nominee for the medal shall be made by the Awards Committee of SNAME. The nomination by the Committee and the final award by the Council will require a two-thirds vote of the Committee. Notification of the award will be made prior to the SNAME Maritime Convention (formerly the Annual Meeting) and the medal will be presented with suitable ceremonies at the SNAME Maritime Convention or at such time as the SNAME President may arrange. The medal may be awarded annually.