Donor Stories

Learn why our donors give to the Naval Institute and the impact they are having on the independent forum for the Sea Services.

U of I NROTC Gift Memberships

Digital-media entrepreneur and author Christopher P. Michel of San Francisco has agreed to underwrite Institute memberships for midshipmen in the NROTC unit at the University of Illinois for the next several years.  A former naval flight officer, Chris received his commission through this program upon graduation in 1990.  “Reading Proceedings as a midshipman helped ignite my passion in the Navy,” he says.  “I think every mid would benefit from being an active member of the Naval Institute from day one.  In a very real sense, all Sailors are members of a professional community . . . and USNI membership is the best way to engage with our profession."

Former Prof of Naval Science Sponsors Gift Membership for Marquette NROTC Unit

I am confident that the newly commissioned ensigns from Marquette will benefit from membership in the Institute,” Dave says.  “As these young men and women begin their naval careers, I want them to have the same advantages that USNI membership brought me.  The Institute is the only true independent forum for naval officers and others to share their views and Proceedings is a powerful tool.  The huge bonus is that at the same time we help these individuals, we also benefit Marquette NROTC.  I and my fellow sponsors hope to establish ties with the Class of 2013 so we can follow their careers and they can tell us the real scoop.  I will never forget, a few months after the Gulf of Tonkin events of August 1964, I had a visit from one of my mids who, shortly after his commissioning, became radio officer in the USS Picking (DD-685).  The Picking had been diverted to escort duty off Vietnam after the Tonkin incident.  His account of events was fascinating.

David Chomeau, a retired St. Louis insurance executive
Naval Photos

Thanks to the USNI I was able to purchase photos of the ships my Dad served on during his 10+ years of Naval Service.

Kevin Johnson
In His Own Words: Alexander Brast Thomas

The Navy and all it stands for remain an important part of my life.  I have been a Life Member of the Naval Instiute for 40 years.  Supporting the USNI mission, financially and in other ways, is something I care about deeply.  And thinking now of the Institute’s rich and varied programs and publications—all of which mean so much to Sea Service professionals—I guess I’ve come full circle to the role that learning has played in my life.

Alexander Brast Thomas
In Her Own Words: Ingrid S. Beach

Between the splendid books offered by the Naval Institute Press and the stirring videos from the “Americans at War” series, I am struck by how well the Institute is keeping abreast of modern technology and incorporating high-profile techniques into its publishing business.  But all this costs money, doesn’t it? I will continue to help the Institute through annual donations, but there is a meaningful way to take it to the next step.  I have established a living trust so that this organization that means to much will have my support into the future.

Ingrid S. Beach
In His Own Words: John T. Pigott

I thoroughly enjoy Proceedings and Naval History magazines.  The continuation of their robust health is a major reason why I have, over many years, given as generously to the Naval Institute as I could—and will continue to do so.  I might add that in 1944 I was a commissioning officer in the USS Barton (DD-722).  My assistant gunnery officer was Ensign B.B. “Beetle” Forbes, fresh from Annapolis, who went on to have a distinguished naval career and retired as a vice admiral.  Last year, the Naval Institute completed his oral history, and it gave me much pleasure and satisfaction to help underwrite the project.  I take great pride in being both a member and a supporter.

John T. Pigott

The U.S. Naval Institute is grateful to USAA for its generous support to our 2012 Defense Forum Washington.

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