2010 Lincoln Leadership Award Recipient
Captian James A. Lovell, Jr.
Among America's heroic astronauts, Lovell is regarded as a leader of near mythic proportion, maintaining calm and discipline aboard Apollo 13 while the mission experienced monumental equipment failures that threatened to leave the crew stranded in outer space. Commander Lovell and his crew successfully modified their lunar module into an effective lifeboat, assuring their survival in space and their safe return to Earth.
Lovell, an experienced navy aviator and test pilot prior to being selected for the Gemini program, also served in various command positions during four space missions including pilot and navigator on Apollo 8's 6-day journey to the Moon, backup commander to Neil Armstrong for Apollo 11, and commander of Apollo 13. In 1994 Lovell and Jeff Kluger wrote Lost Moon, which was re-released as Apollo 13 and filmed in 1995 with Tom Hanks playing the role of Jim Lovell.
Captian Lovell's award was presented by Tom Hanks.