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Rear Admiral Benjamin T. Hacker

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September 19, 2015
To the family of RADM Hacker - "Cap'n Hacker" always crosses my mind, and I was saddened to have learned of his passing a few years back. My post-Navy days have been occupied by a 36-year (and counting) career in broadcasting which owes its simple beginnings to a most timely happenstance involving "the Skipper." As an enlisted man in the Comm Center at Brunswick Naval Air Station in late 1979, I had landed a part-time, on-air announcer position on a radio station in Portland, Maine. My department supervisor had said we could work out shifts and scheduling to allow me to do this, based on needs-of-the-Navy first, of course. Our division senior chief decided to drop the hammer on me about this one day, and no sooner had he done so, into the Comm Center walked (at the time), Captain Hacker. He caught my stenciled name on my uniform shirt and asked if I were the young man he'd heard on the radio the other night. At that moment, I'd wanted nothing more than to find a hole into which I could crawl. The Skipper's face lit up in a big smile and he looked at the senior chief and said to "make sure this young sailor continues with the radio thing as he presents a fine representation of the Navy." Cap'n Hacker left the Comm Center and the senior chief just glared at me, following on the skipper's heels. I'm forever grateful for that moment of timely occurrence and for RADM Hacker's solid guidance and leadership while at BNAS. Fair winds and following seas, Cap'n.
Chuck Igo (former RM2, BNAS Communications)
February 12, 2015
To The Family of Rear Admiral Benjamin T. Hacker...College Days Swiftly Pass...Your Father baptized
my mother at Second Baptist Church, Springfield, Ohio. ..she adviced, me how you use to babysit me when we lived on Clark St.above Mr Otto House's, home...it was a warm memory in her heart...I missed you at General Convention in Chicago back in the day..."06"
August 07, 2014
To his son, Benjamin, I had the pleasure of him coming to ASWOC, Rota, Spain. I just thought of looking up your father and learned of his death. Please accept my deepest regrets for the loss of your father. I hope that this finds you well.
February 13, 2014
I was a member of RADM Hacker's staff when I was stationed in Naples Italy (COMFAIRMED). He was an extremely honorable man with a kind heart. Very personable and caring and always took time out of his busy days to speak to me. I'm honored to have worked with him during my naval service and will always fondly remember him. RIP RADM Benjamin T. Hacker!
February 13, 2014
I was a member of RADM Hacker's staff when I was stationed in Naples Italy (arrived in Apr 1982). He was an extremely honorable man with a kind heart. Very personable and caring and always took time out of his busy days to speak to me. I'm honored to have worked with him during my naval service and will always fondly remember him. RIP RADM Benjamin T. Hacker! Most heartfelt condolences to his family!
February 12, 2014
My God I was so shocked to hear of Admiral Hacker's passing. He was a true gentleman and I loved serving him under Operation Red Blanket in Naples. He was truly a "friend" to all who knew him. My condolences to all of you and please know how grateful I am as to how I was treated by Admiral Hacker and you, his family. Mrs. Hacker I hope you know how much I love you guys. Your friend always, Mark "Bubba" Smith (NCIS)
February 07, 2014
Today is Feb 7th 2014. Exactly 34 years ago, Feb 7th 1980 was the Prayer Breakfast on the Naval Station Brunswick, Maine. I was honored to lead the pledge and (then) Capt Hacker presided. I was also awarded sailor of the month for the base and had many opportunities to meet your dad. I can say without a moment's hesitation that he was one of the classiest men I've ever met. I was so young and from a small town in Maryland. I had limited exposure to anything, let alone people who could warrant "all rise" just by walking in a room. I was so intimidated. But as I hope you can see from these pictures, your dad made each moment so special for me and made me feel like I was the only person that mattered in that moment. Wherever this finds you and the friends and family of "Captain, my Captain" Hacker, please know not only is he not forgotten now, the memory of his grace and kindness will never, ever fade.
September 21, 2013
I met the Admiral twice in my early Navy career. The first time I was leading a cleaning crew at the Training pool at NTC San Diego while he was on an Inspection tour. The second time was when I was in Mess Management A school and I was selected to have dinner with him and another seaman. It was my pleasure and honor to serve with and under him.
April 02, 2012
I was a Marine in Naples Italy a guard on post#4 to the admin building i saw the Admiral Hacker before he went up stairs to his office one morning i was sleep on post, he came in early that day and woke me up and saying you cant make Sgt that way we took a picture with him at the Marine Corps Ball all the Blacks in the unit. its on my wall now What a great Leader GySgt William D. Rowe retired Now Minister Rowe
January 18, 2012
I was stationed in Naples, Italy from 1983 to 1987 and assigned to COMARAIRMED. My best memory of RADM Hacker is that he sent a hand written birthday card to me every year. I believe that he did that for every member of his staff.

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