The Coast Guard Essay Contest is back—and you can see for yourself the value of this effort by reading the three prize-winning essays in this issue. In all cases, the authors take on critical issues, lay out the challenges, and offer solutions. As with all essay contests sponsored by the Naval Institute, the Coast Guard Essay Contest is judged by the Editorial Board. The authors’ names are not known to the Board or to the editorial professional staff until the judging is complete. All the winners this year are Coast Guard professionals: Captain Bruce Stubbs , Captain Steven Vanderplas , and Ensigns Greg Lynch and Neal Corbin.