Capstone Awards through USNA Class Support
In May, during the Naval Academy Seamanship & Navigation Division’s annual awards ceremony, Naval Institute Publisher Bill Miller and Proceedings Editor-in-Chief Paul Merzlak presented prizes to the three Midshipmen First Class who won the “Commander William Earl Fannin, Class of 1945, Capstone Essay Contest.” The essays were chosen from a class-wide competition, according to the branch of service and military specialty each midshipman would enter after graduation and commissioning.
Retired Vice Admiral Lando W. Zech Jr. and Captain Dick G. Wilson represented the Class of 1945 Foundation, which sponsors the annual contest in collaboration with the Naval Academy and the Naval Institute. Winners received checks for $1,000 and the honor of having their essays published in the June issue of Proceedings.
The 2010 Capstone winners:
Second Lieutenant Eric Montgomery, U.S. Marine Corps, “Side by Side.” For one former enlisted Marine and veteran of the war in Iraq, being a commissioned officer carries a great deal of weight, as he honors the memory of a lost fellow-Marine—and older brother.
Ensign Rique Sanchez, U.S. Navy, “Unmanned Aerial Vehicles.” Sanchez examines the ethics of unmanned aerial vehicles that take the “human” out of the battle zone.
Ensign Terence Bennett, U.S. Navy, “Spend Smartly, Adapt Accordingly.” Bennett argues that today’s littoral surface-warfare environment requires a leaner, more versatile shipbuilding approach.
The Naval Institute is involved in a range of essay contests and recognizes that encouraging independent ideas makes good sense for the Navy, the Sea Services, and national defense. Your tax-deductible contributions to the Naval Institute Foundation enable the Institute to strengthen its entire slate of contests, fostering better ideas and higher standards of communications among military professionals. For more information, contact Denis Clift at (410) 295-1057 or at email@example.com  .