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consultant , Naval officer , company executive

Stanley Thomas Counts, American Aerospace consultant, retired naval officer, retired electronics company executive. Decorated Legion of Merit with three oak leaf clusters, Bronze Star with combat distinguishing device.


Counts, Stanley Thomas was born on July 3, 1926 in Okfuskee County, Oklahoma, United States. Son of Claud Curtley and Thelma (Thomas) Counts.


Bachelor of Science, United States Naval Academy, 1949. Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, United States Naval Postgraduate School, 1954. Master of Science in Electrical Engineering, United States Naval Postgraduate School, 1955.


Commissioned ensign United States Navy, 1949, advanced through grades to rear admiral, 1972. Commanding officer United States Ship Bronstein, 1963-1964. Commanding officer United States Ship Towers, 1966-1968.

Project manager North Atlantic Treaty Organization Seasparrow Surface Missile System, 1968-1970. Commanding officer United States Ship Chicago, 1970-1971. Director ships, weapons, electronics and associate systems Office Assistant Secretary Defense for Installations and Logistics Washington, 1971-1973.

Deputy Commander Naval Ordnance Systems Command, 1973-1974. Designated Naval ordnance engineer, 1974. Commander (Naval Ordnance Systems Command), 1974.

Vice Commander Naval Sea Systems Command, 1974-1976. Commander Cruiser-Destroyer Group 5 San Diego, 1976-1978. Retired, 1978; executive Hughes Aircraft Company, Fullerton, California, 1979-1989.

Retired, 1989; aerospace consultant, chief executive officer Bjan Enterprises, La Jolla, California, 1989-1999. Chairman Seasparrow steering committee North Atlantic Treaty Organization, 1973-1976.


Board directors San Diego chapter Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, 1992-1994, 97-98. Board directors Greater La Jolla Meals on Wheels, Inc., since 1998, president, 2000-2004. Member Veterans of Foreign Wars, Surface Navy Association (life, board directors 1985-1993), United States Naval Institute (life), DAV (life), Retired Officers Association (life), Navy League, USNA Alumni Association (life), American Legion, Rest and Aspiration Club San Diego.


Married Bettejan Heft, November 18, 1949. Children:Ashlie Heft Jenkins.

Claud Curtley Counts

Thelma (Thomas) Counts

Bettejan Heft

Ashlie Heft Jenkins Counts