Commander Emily Klauser Bassett, Holy Names Academy Class of ’95 and a 19-year veteran of the United States Navy, is HNA’s 2019 Distinguished Alumna Award winner. Emily was the first Commanding Officer of the Navy combat ship USS Manchester, and currently serves as the Reactor Officer on the USS Gerald R Ford. She is in charge of the new aircraft carrier’s two nuclear reactors and the 300 nuclear-trained sailors who operate the propulsion and power plant. Because duty prevented her from attending this year’s Holy Names Academy Alumnae Luncheon to accept her award on March 2, Emily submitted this inspiring video. We hope you enjoy it!