As a youth, he was sure he wanted to join the Navy when he graduated from high school, but he wasn’t at all certain what it would take to succeed. Becoming a Navy pilot assured him that he could, and Steven Loranger carried that confidence through a civilian career that has propelled him to chairman, president, and chief executive officer of ITT Corporation.
I joined the Navy because I wanted to serve my country, get started in the workforce, fly jet fighters, and see the world. I achieved all those dreams—and then some. Everything I learned has stayed with me—in my personal life and through a long career as a corporate executive.
Deciding on the Navy was the easy part. My grandfather and my mother were naval officers, and my father and both of my uncles had been naval aviators. When I was about to enter college, the Vietnam War was under way, and I was eager to volunteer. I loved airplanes, and I loved water. So I signed up for NROTC, and after five years of college, where I earned my bachelor’s and master’s degrees in science, I became an aviator.