74th Secretary of the Navy. Condition : Used, and in nice shape. This coin is 1 5/8 inches in diameter. (born June 15, 1948). Businessman who served as. United States Secretary of the Navy. A former top executive of. TRW, Aerospace & Defense. He was nominated in 2005 by President. And took the oath of office on January 3, 2006. In January 2009 Defense Secretary Gates requested that Winter remain in office until President Obama picked his successor or to March 13, 2009. He resigned on March 13. (with highest distinction) in. In 1970, and a doctorate. In physics in 1972, from the. In 1972, and directed. By 1978, he was head of the optics department there. In 1980, Winter received a three-year appointment to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency DARPA. Bob Cooper during the very early years of research into the Strategic Defense Initiative SDI. Winter’s main responsibility was for Talon Gold, an advanced acquisition, tracking, and pointing experiment in space. During that period, he was awarded the Secretary of Defense’s Medal for Meritorious Civilian Service. From 1990 through 1997, as vice president and general manager of the defense systems division of TRW’s Space & Electronics (S&E) business, Winter directed space systems activities that supported the national defense effort. Winter was president and. Of TRW Systems from January 2000 until its acquisition by Northrop Grumman in December 2002. After the Northrop acquisition, Winter became head of Northrop Grumman Mission Systems until his nomination by President Bush to become the civilian head of the Department of the Navy. Never personally given any of the coins. All coins are guaranteed to be in excellent condition unless otherwise specified above. The free listing tool. The item “Donald C Winter 74th Secretary of the Navy Challenge Coin” is in sale since Friday, February 13, 2015. This item is in the category “Collectibles\Militaria\Current Militaria (2001-Now)\Original Items\Challenge Coins”. The seller is “rolyat11″ and is located in Panama City, Florida. This item can be shipped worldwide.