As this issue of Proceedings went to press in mid-May, we were in our ninth week of remote work due to the COVID-19 pandemic. I am incredibly proud of the way the entire Naval Institute staff has pulled together to keep all our operations working, despite the physical distance between us. In mid-March, a team of 65 people who were used to working side-by-side in our Beach Hall headquarters quickly transitioned to working 98 percent of the time from their kitchen tables and home offices. It has not been easy, but the team has proven remarkably resilient and adaptable. The technology investments we made over the past several years—including laptops for every member of the staff, moving all our data to a cloud environment, and beefing up our cybersecurity—have paid huge dividends.
We continue to publish Proceedings and Naval History on time every month. Construction continues on the Jack C. Taylor Conference Center. The Press made a number of textbooks available online to facilitate remote learning for NROTC, NJROTC, and Naval Academy students who left for spring break without their physical textbooks not knowing they would not be able to return to school. USNI News continues its reporting - hitting record numbers. And through it all, our information technology team has kept our all our production capability and systems operating. I want to thank you, our members and donors. The Naval Institute counts on your membership and donations to fulfill our mission. Now more than ever, membership in the Institute is a bedrock of our operations, and your donations will ensure the work we do continues for another 150 years.
The conferences and events team hosted the first-ever online annual meeting of the Naval Institute on 30 April. We thank Admiral Jamie Foggo, U.S. Navy, Commander, Allied Joint Force Command Naples, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Africa, and Fleet Master Chief Derrick “Wally” Walters for their remarks which were so well received. We had 500 real-time attendees, and we presented slides, videos, and speakers in two different time zones, six hours apart, with live Q&A—all professionally executed. We thank our sponsors—USAA and Leonardo DRS.
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Silver State Dreadnought—The Remarkable Story of Battleship Nevada is the newest offering from the Naval Institute Press, and it will be a “must-have” addition for many of our members’ bookshelves. “Like some people, certain warships have interesting lives. Nevada was such a ship. Her life spanned two world wars, and in many ways her story reflects the Navy’s history in the period from her construction to her demise. Especially engaging are Stephen Younger’s descriptions of Nevada’s actions in the Atlantic and Pacific in World War II.” —Thomas C. Hone, co-author of Battle Line and editor of The Battle of Midway. Order your copy today at www.usni.org/press/books/silver-state-dreadnought.
Hundreds of members have already signed on to sponsor chairs in the new Jack C. Taylor Conference Center and bricks on the rooftop-terrace donor wall. In this issue, several of these supporters share their thoughts on why they chose to become involved in this project. It’s not too late to join them. See page 95 for more information, or you can make your tax-deductible donation online at www.usni.org/foundation.
If you would like to give a gift of Naval Institute membership to someone in the Sea Services, we are offering a special promotion now. Go to www.usni.org/join, select the type of membership you’d like to give (print or online-only), click the gift box, and use the code “gift15” for $15 dollars off at checkout. At a time when so many young people are learning remotely, access to Proceedings, Naval History, our rich archives, and Naval Institute Press books is even more important. Give the gift of membership and stimulate the learning of a future leader in the Sea Services.
Until next month, stay safe and well!