In His Own Words: VADM John M. Bird, USN (Retired)
I first joined the Naval Institute as a Naval Academy Midshipman in the early 1970s. My father was a career naval officer—Civil Engineer Corps—and a longtime Institute Member. He strongly recommended I join. I have learned so much as a result of my membership in this critically important professional organization! It is educational, enlightening, and powerful in its reach and has such a positive effect on the Sea Services. It is part of being a professional.
The Naval Institute empowers naval officers and senior NCOs and advances the Navy’s warfighting capability. It causes naval leadership at all levels to think, debate, discuss, and be informed on the issues and concerns facing the Navy and our national security. Through this discourse, the best causes and solutions are brought to the forefront and advanced.
Because I served for 35 years in this great sea-going service and believe maritime power is critical to our long-term national security and prosperity, the Naval Institute’s mission is of special importance to me. It supports the maritime profession of arms and the Navy I love.