Captain Jeff Trussler with the U.S. Navy will be named Miami High School outstanding alumnus of the year by the Miami Public School Enrichment Foundation.

The award will be presented at the foundation's annual banquet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Miami Civic Center.

Trussler, a Miami native, is one of only 91 officers in the Navy in charge of a nuclear submarine.

"In his position, Trussler has to have scientific knowledge as well as be an administrator and a leader," said Dr. Wade Walls, a volunteer with the outstanding alumni committee of the foundation. "He came into Miami sometime this weekend and will be visiting with the students at Miami High School Tuesday.

"I can't imagine anyone who can better demonstrate to the students the importance of an education."

Trussler graduated from Miami High School in 1981, Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College in 1983 and from Oklahoma State University in 1985 with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. He earned a master's degree in managerial economics from the University of Oklahoma in 1992.

He was commissioned at Officer Candidate School in Newport, R.I., in 1985, completed training at the Naval Nuclear Power School in Orlando, Fla., and the Nuclear Power Training Unit in Idaho Falls, Idaho.

Following a ceremony at King's Bay Naval Submarine Base in Georgia in 2003, he took command of the U.S.S. Maryland, a Trident ballistic missile submarine.

The submarine is approximately 560 feet long or the length of two football fields.

It is one of 18 Trident submarines, which carry approximately half America's nuclear arsenal.

Trussler received the Naval Submarine League's RADM Jack Darby Award for inspirational leadership and excellence in command in 2006.

Trussler is preparing for his upcoming assignment to Naples, Italy, where he will report as commander of Task Force 69 and chief of staff to Submarine Group 8, where he will direct the United States submarine operations in the Mediterranean and Eastern Atlantic.

"Trussler and his fellow military personnel protect us everyday at a level not many of us think about," Walls said.

The Enrichment Foundation recognizes graduates of the Miami School System as part of its efforts to encourage excellence in the Miami Public Schools.

Past winners include Steve Owens, Charles Banks Wilson, George Coleman, Charles A. Neal Jr., Carol Littleton, David Adams, Willie Osborn, Fern Holland and last year's recipient, Mary Sue Price.

The foundation is a 501c(3) not for profit organization founded in 1988 to encourage excellence in the Miami Public Schools.