In His Own Words: Peter Edmondo
The Navy is and always will be on the front line for America, whether by power projection or diplomacy. In my opinion, not enough civilians understand its worth. All they know is that a Navy costs a lot to have—and they have no yardstick with which to measure the value.
The Naval Institute can definitely help with that. I became a donor because I appreciate the Institute’s mission to educate people about today’s Navy and its issues. I am also a big fan of Naval History magazine.
A current interest is the Naval Institute’s program to underwrite student membership for midshipmen. By supporting this initiative, I feel I am advancing the cause through educating midshipmen on issues they will soon have to grapple with—and that have very little to do with their formal education. The Institute gets young officers’ minds into the techno-political world sooner and makes them more well-rounded leaders.
I first joined the Naval Institute while working as a psychologist at the Marine Engineering Laboratory. When I retired after 30 years, I let my membership lapse—dumb! After a while, I found that I missed things about the Navy, so I rejoined the Institute in 2006—and I’m very glad I did. Though I am now fully retired, the Institute affords me an opportunity to volunteer at Beach Hall weekly in the Heritage Division and to attend conferences and events that are of interest to me.
Recent Honorary and Memorial Gifts
Gifts of support to the Naval Institute have been made in honor of the following individuals:
Steven Loyal Benson, by Commander Keith A. Barker, USCG (Ret.) and Nitzi Barker
Rear Admiral Harold J. Bernsen, USN (Ret.), by Commander Ralph N. Manuel, USNR (Ret.)
Commander Wade E. Clarke, USN (Ret.), by G. Donald Fisher on behalf of the Naval Academy Class of 1949, 21st Company
Lieutenant General Charles G. Cooper, USMC (Ret.), by Colonel William B. Campbell, TANG (Ret.)
William Thomas Dawson, by Rose Von Behren
Commander Jacob F. Dolbow III, USNR (Ret.), by Lieutenant Jim Dolbow, USCGR
Chief Warrant Officer 3 James T. DuBose, USN (Ret.), by Anna Mae DuBose and the DuBose Boys
Robert Eek, by Elisabeth Eek
Stanley B. Frieze, by Gloria Frieze
Howard R. Garis, by Carroll C. Brooks
Captain Robert A. Green, USNR, by the Mississippi Engineering Society
Admiral Frank B. Kelso II, USN (Ret.), by Rear Admiral William J. Holland Jr., USN (Ret.)
Gunner’s Mate Master Chief Richard J. Kornoelje, USN (Ret.), by Robert C. Duff, Kenneth and Pamela Emery, and Harold M. Johnson Jr.
Robert Luke, by Ronald T. and Eleanor Luke
Commander Roger A. Nichols, USN (Ret.), by Morriah H. Horani, Esq.
Lieutenant Commander Mark R. Pearson, USNR (Ret.), by Eden Pearson
Barney Prowell, by Dorothy Prowell
Harold S. Reemsnyder, Ph.D., by Donna M. Reemsnyder
Colonel John W. Ripley, USMC (Ret.), by Mary Ripley
Captain George Thibault, USN, by Captain Charles C. Chadbourn III, USN (Ret.)
Admiral James D. Watkins, USN (Ret.), by the Mutual of Omaha Foundation on behalf of its board member, Admiral Richard W. Mies, USN (Ret.), who is also a Naval Institute director.
Lieutenant Commander Edwin E. Williams, USN (Ret.), and Lois St. John Williams, by Sybil Williams
A gift in honor of Beverly Selma Stillwell, the newest granddaughter of Naval Institute author and historian Paul Stillwell, and to celebrate the upcoming marriage of Rob Stillwell and Katie Quilligan, by Justin H. Libby, Ph.D.
A gift in tribute to the professionalism of personnel of the Naval Sea Systems Command in the wake of the shootings at the Washington Navy Yard on 16 September 2013 was made by Edward C. Schlosser.
Advancing the Next Generation of Naval Leaders
The following is an update on sponsored Naval Institute membership for Sea Service midshipmen and cadets to date for the 2013–2014 academic year:
• NROTC Units: 22 of 58 sponsored
• U.S. Naval Academy Companies: 11 of 30 sponsored
*• U.S. Coast Guard Academy Companies: 8 of 8 sponsored
*87% of the Class of 2014 are sponsored student members