Patrick J. Finneran, Jr., an executive of The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA], received the Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation's Most Distinguished American Award June 10 in Atlantic City, N.J. He is a former U.S. Marine and currently president of the Support Systems business of Boeing's Integrated Defense Systems, based in St. Louis, Mo.
"The Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation presents this award annually to a great American who demonstrates exemplary ethics, love of country and caring for his fellow man" said Mike DiFrancesco, a member of the foundation's board of directors and organizer of the event. "We honored Pat because of his outstanding service to his country and community."
Previous award recipients include Dr. Paul Wolfowitz, former U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense, and Gen. Peter Pace, chairman, U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff. Finneran received the award at the foundation's annual gala in Atlantic City. New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine, also a former Marine, received the foundation's 2006 Semper Fidelis Award.
Finneran joined Boeing in 1987 and has held positions of increasing leadership responsibility in tactical fighter, strategic and trainer aircraft; business development; and community and business relations in the St. Louis region. In his current assignment, he leads a 16,000-person, approximately $6 billion business (2005 revenues) providing readiness to U.S. and international armed services, including maintenance, modification and upgrades; integrated logistics; training systems and services; and advanced logistics support systems.
Finneran is the chairman of the Advisory Council for Graduate Studies and Research at the University of Notre Dame. He also is a member of the university's continuing education council in the Mendoza School of Business. He is a trustee of the St. Louis Symphony. Finneran holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Notre Dame and a master's degree from East Carolina University. He is a member of the Pi Sigma Alpha National Political Science Honor Society. He is an honor graduate of the Air Force Command and Staff College and a graduate of the National War College. In 2004, he received the Navy League's prestigious Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz Award for major contributions to America's Maritime Strength & National Security. He also was recognized as an Outstanding Missourian by a unanimous resolution of the Missouri State House of Representatives for his contributions to the state and St. Louis community. He is a native of Pensacola, Fla.
Formed in 1995, the Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation is a charitable organization that supports children and dependents of the Marine Corps and various law enforcement agencies -- specifically dependents of service members and law enforcement personnel who have been killed in the line of duty -- through scholarships and other assistance. Since 1995, the foundation has provided more than $23 million in scholarship assistance.