CRC professor receives medal from the United States Navy Reserve CRC professor and Navy Commander receives merit medal Cosumnes River College professor Terry Finnegan was recently awarded the Meritorious Service Medal from the United States Navy Reserve. The award was given due to Finnegan’s achievement as Deputy Director, Navy Reserve Office of Information from October 2004 to April 2006. Many accomplishments were recognized including Finnegan’s organizational skills during the tsunami crisis. Finnegan organized a sevenperson Tsunami Support Relief Team bound for Indonesia. “It’s quite an honor but I don’t think I’ve done anything spectacular,” Radio, Film and Television Production professor Finnegan said. “In the case of the tsunami orders it was the first test of the unit’s response to a crisis and it was a team effort. An officer is only as good as the men and women he or she leads.” Finnegan recently retired after 24-years of service both enlisted and officer. He said that he shares his years in the service with his students. “Having the opportunity to see the world has been a fantastic learning experience and I stress that to my students,” Finnegan said. “In terms of education, there is really no substitute for going to others places in the world.” Finnegan said he has nothing but respect for the young people he sees in the service. He understands the sacrifices they’ve made to serve the country.