In His Own Words: Lieutenant Matthew Hipple, USN
I became involved with the Naval Institute as an ensign. A few interesting articles inspired me to write. I didn’t think the first article I submitted would be accepted! It was a happy surprise that someone would take such a new officer seriously.
Now I find myself recommending the Institute to other junior officers. It’s our service we’re talking about. How can we consider ourselves naval professionals if we don’t care enough to engage in the debate? I feel the same about civilians and—when I get the opportunity—urge them to join as well. It’s their defense. The voting public should understand and be involved in the dialogue on defense for the debate to be meaningful.