The 66th anniversary of the Battle of Midway has come . . . and passed, with little apparent fanfare. Apart from some obligatory message traffic discussing a few of our most significant past naval engagements, there is no firmly established process or program that unit commanders can use to commemorate our naval heritage. The Navy needs to bolster efforts to inculcate a more profound and universal sense of this heritage. One venue that may be worth exploring is the U.S. Army's staff ride program.
The Army commits considerable resources to honor its legacy. Major Army commands are required to provide for full-time command historian positions. Important historic events are celebrated with appropriate ceremonies. Similar efforts on our part would help reinforce a sense of professionalism, camaraderie, and pride in one's unit. . . and in being a Sailor, in general.