Minnesota Alumnus Retires from the Navy
Jay D. Bottelson, Minnesota ’85, recognized for career of service
The United States Navy honored Jay D. Bottelson in a retirement ceremony at the Hall of Heroes at The Pentagon, Washington, DC, on January 30. Phil Decker, Minnesota ’86, also attended, as did his wife Mari and two children, Gerik and Amara. Rear Admiral John E. Roberti presided.
Bottelson is a 1985 graduate of the University of Minnesota, where he received a Bachelor of Individualized Studies degree in Russian, Naval Science, and Physics. There, he was commissioned through the Navy ROTC program at a ceremony Decker also attended. Bottelson attended the Marine Corps Command and Staff College from 2000 to 2001, and earned a Masters in Military Studies. He also earned a Master of Science degree in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in 2010.
During his career, he served as an officer aboard the USS Carl Vinson, USS Belknap, USS Flatley, and the USS Lake Champlain, which were home ported in California, Italy, Mississippi, and California respectively. Bottelson’s personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and the Marine Corps Achievement Medal.
Now retired from the Navy, Jay is starting a new career in the private sector. He lives in Stafford, Virginia, with his family.
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