Institute Leaders Set Sail
Eleven participants in the Naval Institute’s “Leaders to Sea” initiative embarked in the aircraft carrier USS George H. W. Bush (CVN-77) for two days in mid-October during operations in the Atlantic. They were guests of U.S. Fleet Forces Command’s distinguished visitors program, which educates civilian leaders about the Navy’s role in national defense and showcases the dedication and capabilities of men and women serving in the Fleet.
During dinner in Norfolk, Virginia, the evening before the embarkation, Vice Admiral Peter H. Daly, Deputy Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, met with the Institute contingent and addressed the Fleet’s current capabilities. The next morning, participants flew aboard the Bush in a Navy C-2 Greyhound, making a tailhook landing. The group spent the afternoon observing flight operations, touring the ship, and meeting crew members. Their stem-to-stern tour continued the next day.
The Naval Institute’s group included counselor-at-law Edward M. Condit; Martha DeGraaf, president and CEO, Strategic Decisions, Inc.; Arthur W. Edwards Sr. and Arthur W. “Jib” Edwards Jr., chairman, and president, respectively, The Severn Companies; Dan Gainor, vice president, Business and Media Institute; Jane Clayson Johnson, Emmy-winning journalist and author; Mark Johnson, chairman, Innosight; Jonathan T. Mack, president and CEO, Associated Equipment Distributors; G. West Saltonstall, president, Eaton Vance Investment Counsel; Rear Admiral Duncan C. Smith, III, U.S. Coast Guard Reserve (retired), corporate counsel, Blank Rome; and A. Denis Clift, executive vice president, Naval Institute Foundation.
Help Document Your Favorite Veteran
Recognizing that institutional oral history efforts like the Naval Institute’s can’t begin to tap all the memories that should be preserved, the Library of Congress has established a program to help former military personnel document their combat experiences. The Veterans History Project of the Library’s American Folklife Center collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from them and better understand the realities of war.
The Librarian of Congress is asking every American to help preserve the wartime story of the veteran in his or her life and to submit it to the library as soon as possible. The story may take the form of a video or audio-recorded interview, original photographs, letters, diaries, journals, or wartime military documents. Visit www.loc.gov/vets or call (888) 371-5848 to learn how to participate in this free initiative. For more information, contact the Veterans History Project at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (202) 707-4916.
’Tis the Season
In the days ahead you may be making 2010 charitable contributions before the year-end deadline. Please save the postage-paid envelope between Proceedings pages 88 and 89 to make a tax-deductible gift to the Naval Institute. You can also charge your gift online at www.usni.org . Your generosity is our strength.
Our sincere thanks to all who have so generously supported the Naval Institute in 2010, and our best wishes for the holiday season and throughout the New Year.