Jack C. Taylor Conference Center
The ground breaking for the Jack C. Taylor Conference Center will take place on 18 September. We are excited to put shovels in the ground on a project that has been years in the planning. This Conference Center will be the physical flagship of the Institute and will provide a new avenue to fulfill our mission. None of this would be possible without the financial support of members, donors, and friends of the Institute. We are honored to have your support, and we pledge to provide a world-class event space that will bring the independent forum to life. During construction we plan to have a webcam record the progress so that you can stay up-to-date as the center takes shape. Now is the time for everyone to get involved—whether through a major naming opportunity, a brick on our donor wall, or a chair in the auditorium. Visit our campaign page to learn more.
Happy 50th Birthday TOPGUN!
The September Proceedings always focuses on naval aviation, and this issue is a special collector’s edition. We added pages to celebrate the 50th anniversary of TOPGUN. No matter what community you hail from within the Sea Services, the story of how naval aviation recognized a combat deficiency in the skies over Vietnam, quickly established a school to address that deficiency, and created an innovation engine—built on the hard work and tactical prowess of junior officers—is an amazing lesson in organizational adaptation and culture. Five TOPGUN graduates, including two commanding officers, tell the story.
Congratulations Newly elected Chief Petty Officers!
To recognize and celebrate this career milestone, the Naval Institute is offering The Chief Petty Officer’s Guide and a one-year digital or print membership at a bundled rate. This is a great way for family members, wardrooms, chiefs’ messes, and sponsors to help start their new Chief’s transition into the Mess! This revised and informative guidebook provides insights into the attributes and skills which will enable success as a chief; how they can best use power bases, influence tactics, and managerial skills; and how they can influence their peers and support and develop the wardroom. Furthermore, your gift of membership will help support debate on issues affecting naval readiness, help advance their careers, grow their networks, and keep them informed on key issues of the sea services.
The Naval Institute has partnered with the sea service senior enlisted academies to improve student success through our Sponsored Student Program (SSP). This program exposes current and future leaders to the open forum and is currently in its sixth year with approximately 8,000 sponsored student members at any given time. The Naval Institute is also proud to sponsor the MMC Richard McKenna Excellence in Written Communications Award. Furthermore, we recently started coordinating with these academies to review class essays for potential publication in Proceedings, Naval History, the Naval History Blog, and the Naval Institute Blog. A number of senior enlisted academy students have already been selected for publication.
Naval Institute Press
Stalingrad. From August 1942 to February 1943 this model industrial city, bathed by the waters of the Volga, was home to the bloodiest battle of World War II. The newest graphic novel from Dead Reckoning, Stalingrad: Letters from the Volga, presents the battle, beginning to end, through the eyes of Russian and German soldiers and offers a fast-paced depiction of this titanic struggle: explicit, crude, and without concessions—just as the war and its memories demands.
Peter H. Daly
VADM, USN (Ret.)
Life Member and Member since 1978