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March 29, 2004
Bruce,
I was deeply moved to hear of the passing of your dad. In life there are but a number of chance meetings with leaders that leave indelible marks on your like. RADM Hacker is one of those people. Whether you know it our not, your dad left such an impressive and powerful impression on many, many African-American USNA Midshipman. Many of us aspired to reach his heights and he became our arms length "role model". I don't believe RADM Hacker and I ever spent more that 1 hour together but he is a man that has shown me what it takes to be a "leader". Thank you Admiral Hacker and God bless you and your family.

Sincerely,
February 26, 2004
To the Hacker Family:

Thank all of you for your selfless contributions to our nation's Sea Service communities.

Warmest Regards,

- Perry -
February 24, 2004
Your motivation and excellence was felt in the budding Air Force fighter pilot community of the '70s. Your impression will last through time.
February 21, 2004
Ben Hacker, my friend extraordinaire; taught, rescued, nudged, comforted and shared. His thought-provoking counsel inspired much of what I accomplished in my Navy career and choices I've made since retirement. He shared who as well as what he knew, offered insightful visions and encouraged creative thinking. I treasured his opinions and was honored when he asked mine. I miss and will miss RADM Benjamin T. Hacker, USN; my friend extraordinaire, an eternal point of light.

CAPT (NC) USN-Ret
February 20, 2004
Admiral Ben HACKER WAS A TRULY EXEMPLARY "shipmate". He had a unique way of utilitizing his considerable talents to work in everyone's interest and everyone knew that. Thus, everyone that he interacted with entrusted him with their faith and his "credibility" was eternal. As a result of this splendid aura, We Ben's close associates were oft to say that "everything that Admiral Ben touched, turned to Gold". That is to say, everyone that worked with Ben, or were associated with him wanted to be/enjoyed being on his team because they knew that under his leadership, We were ALL going to be WINNERS. Thank God for Admiral Ben Hacker. He was indeed a "GOOD AND FAITFUL SERVANT". And, of course, He could not have accomplished much without his good and true and supportive life friend, Jeanne. God bless them both and their beautiful Children. We must not be sad, but joyous for Admiral Ben has gone on to be with our Lord and our Savior Jesus Christ in Heaven, where there is no pain. We all,who remain behind must carry-on in a "squared-away" manner in which Admiral Ben would wish for us to do and pray that we can all join him one day on high.
February 19, 2004
I was Ben's Executive Officer at VP-24. We had never met before I checked into the squadron. Our families became very close. We deployed to Keflavik, Iceland for the winter of 1974-1975 and we became very close friends. This friendship continued to the present day. Ben was one of those people who become a part of you. He was the quintessential professional - an honorable man who you always welcomed in your corner. He fought the good fights for all the right reasons and won most of them.
My wife JoAnne and I will miss him.
Fair Winds and Following Seas Ben, my good friend and shipmate.
S. Frank Gallo
Rear Admiral, USN (Ret.)
February 18, 2004
It was my very distinct pleasure to serve under the command of Adm. Hacker when he was Commander Fleet Air Mediterranean (COMFAIRMED). The nature of my job there allowed me to see his style of leadership up-close and it quickly became obvious that he was a man of uncommon wisdom, insight, and resourcefulness. A visit to the Navy’s Mediterranean facilities today clearly reveals the tangible benefits derived from his strong leadership and planning. It was a true joy to work for such an outstanding leader.
Adm. Hacker was an absolutely captivating speaker with an uncanny ability to weave some amusing story into a presentation to emphasize an important point. At times I would wonder, “where is he going with this…” but he never failed to make this point crystal clear.
On a personal level our families established a bond of friendship that generated countless fond memories of our time together. If he knew you, he was your friend. He was a true gentleman of uncompromised integrity and charm. Joann and I will cherish that friendship forever. Our love and earnest prayers go out to comfort Jean and the family in this time of grief but let us never forget our good fortune of having known this extraordinary man.
February 18, 2004
Ben Hacker was a true pioneer and brother of A Phi A. Ben will be sorely missed for his humor, graciousness, caring, and genuinely friendly demeanor.

Lee T. Womack, Jr., CAPT, USN (Ret.)
Alpha Phi Alpha (L-1235)
February 14, 2004
We have been truly blessed by having known Ben as our friend. The memories of his kindness,his great humor, the sincerity in his wonderful smile, and the contagion of his laughter, are precious memories for us. A man who honored God, and a man who was honored among men and women.

Grace and Peace, Love and Prayers to our friends, Jeanne, Mother Alzeda, and to all the Family.
February 14, 2004
The legacy will not die, for even now tere are many attempting to emulate Admiral Hacker in their naval career field.

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