Commander William Earl Fannin Class of 1945 Capstone Essay Contest

Sponsor: A U.S. Naval Institute Program Funded by the U.S. Naval Academy Class of 1945 Foundation

The Challenge

Encourage the development of writing skills and thoughtful, well-organized essays by first class midshipmen in the areas of air, surface, submarine and Marine warfare.

History

In 1999 the Naval Academy Class of 1945 entered into an agreement with the U.S. Naval Institute to conduct the contest on an annual basis. Funding for the awards was made possible with an endowment originating with a gift from the Commander William Earl Fannin estate. Commander Fannin was a member of the class of 1945.

Contest Highlights

In March of each year first class midshipman are assigned the task of composing an essay exploring their selection of air, surface, submarine, or Marines and explaining their views on the importance of their roles as officers within the context of history and current world events.

The essays are submitted to the Naval Academy’s Professional Development Division as part of the Capstone Program.

The Naval Institute will read, evaluate and judge up to 40 of the top essays.

First place winners will be chosen from each of the four areas of air, surface, submarine, and Marine warfare.

Essay contests have been central to the work of the Naval Institute for more than 130 years. They directly fulfill the Institute's educational mission by encouraging writing on issues of concern to the Sea Services. They provide thought-provoking articles that spur ongoing discussion of these same issues, not only in Naval Institute media, print and digital, but also in other leading defense and national security forums.

The winning essays will be published in the June 2017 Proceedings.
First Prize Air: $1,000
 First Prize Surface: $1,000 
First Prize Submarine: $1,000 First Prize Marine: $1,000 All prizes include a one-year membership in the U.S. Naval Institute.
Prize winners are recognized as part of a ceremony during Commissioning week at the Robert Crown Sailing Center. We will also invite a representative of the Naval Academy Class of 1945 to be present to assist in the award presentation.

Past Contests

2016 Commander William Earl Fannin Class of 1945 Capstone Essay Contest

Ensign Gavin Fuller, U.S. Navy

2015 Commander William Earl Fannin Class of 1945 Capstone Essay Contest

Ensign Max Chomic, U.S. Navy

2014 Commander William Earl Fannin Class of 1945 Capstone Essay Contest

Ensign Garland Christopher III, U.S. Navy

2013 Commander William Earl Fannin Class of 1945 Capstone Essay Contest

Ensign Anthony C. Robinson, U.S. Navy

2012 Commander William Earl Fannin Class of 1945 Capstone Essay Contest

Second Lieutenant David Tan, U.S. Marine Corps

 
 

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