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Schmitz to Be Enshrined Into National Wrestling Hall of Fame

The Hon. Joseph Schmitz graduated with distinction from the Naval Academy in 1978.

April 17, 2013

ANNAPOLIS, Md. --  The Hon. Joseph E. Schmitz, US Naval Academy Class of 1978, has been selected by the Virginia Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame for induction as an "Outstanding American."  Schmitz and the Class of 2013 will be enshrined into the hall of fame on April 20 at The Wyndham Hotel, Virginia Crossing in Glen Allen.  

The National Wrestling Hall of Fame bestows their "Outstanding American" award on leaders who credit their involvement in the sport of wrestling as contributing to their character development and career success. Their book titled "Glory Beyond the Sport: Wrestling and the Military" includes profiles of Americans with a military connection who engaged in the sport of wrestling. Presidents Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt are included, as are Secretry of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, Chief of Naval Operations James L. Holloway III, Commandant of the Marine Corps Charles C. Krulak, and Desert Storm hero Norman Schwartzkopf.

Schmitz wrestled all four years while at the Naval Academy in addition to two years while serving as a Surface Warfare Officer, qualifying for the All-Navy Camp in 1980. He resigned his commission as a Captain in the Navy Reserve Intelligence community in 2002 to accept a Senate-confirmed appointment as the Inspector General of the US Department of Defense, for which he was awarded the Defense medal for Distinguished Public Service in 2005. Schmitz currently serves as CEO of JOSEPH E. SCHMITZ, PLLC, a veteran-owned small business law firm he founded in 2008, the core values of which are Integrity, Transparent Accountability, Disciplined Teamwork, and Independence.  

In 2010, he was selected by the President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition as one of 28 nationwide Community Leadership Awardees.

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