Auburn Naval ROTC Marine officer instructor named Gold Award winner by national association

AUBURN – U.S. Marine Corps Major Jeffrey L. Dyal, the Marine Officer Instructor at Auburn University, NROTC, has received the Colonel Leo A. Codd Memorial Award from the National Defense Industrial Association. He will formally receive the award at a ceremony on April 21.

The award is given to the top three ROTC instructors in the country from each branch of service. Dyal was selected as the Gold Award winner from the Naval branch. The Gold Award is given to the top NROTC instructor chosen from more than 300 candidates, located at 63 Naval ROTC Units that encompass 76 colleges and universities nationwide.

“Auburn Naval ROTC is proud of its students and staff and is extremely grateful for the outstanding support provide by the finest university in the nation,” said Captain Richard N. Fox, professor of Naval Science.

Dyal’s previous personal awards include the Bronze Star, Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal (with Gold Star), and the Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal.

In 2007, Auburn’s Lieutenant Joseph Baker received the Colonel Leo A. Codd Silver Memorial Award.

Contact: Richard Fox (334) 844-4364 (, or
Mike Clardy (334) 844-9999 (