Not many CEOs get to celebrate the 150th anniversary of their organizations! I count myself among the lucky few. This month marks the beginning of a year-long celebration of the Naval Institute’s sesquicentennial anniversary. On 9 October 1873, a group of Navy and Marine officers founded the U.S. Naval Institute on the grounds of the U.S. Naval Academy. For a century and a half, the Naval Institute has created impact and outcomes that have underpinned the successes of the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. It is a mission we take seriously. End users, decision makers, and influencers know that when they need their ideas to make a difference, they need the Naval Institute.
Such a milestone anniversary is an appropriate occasion to build the resiliency of this historic organization and ensure it not only survives, but thrives, for another 150 years. I look forward to celebrating this incredible milestone throughout the year and ensuring the Institute will remain the world’s most influential and dynamic military nonprofit institution—unparalleled in sustaining the Sea Services’ culture of critique and innovation. If you are a member, thank you! If not, please join us at usni.org/join, and think about donating to honor our history and ensure our future success at usni.org/donate.
Don’t miss a chance to join the Naval Institute in San Diego for WEST 2023. The conference will take place at the San Diego Convention Center from 14 to 16 February. Confirmed keynote speakers include: The Honorable Carlos Del Toro, Secretary of the Navy; General David H. Berger, Commandant of the Marine Corps; Admiral Michael M. Gilday, Chief of Naval Operations; Admiral Samuel J. Paparo, Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet; and Vice Admiral Andrew Tiongson, U.S. Coast Guard, Commander, Coast Guard Pacific Area. For more information and to register, go to westconference.org.
Naval Institute Member Event in San Diego
Our Member Event at the Ultimate Skybox is a highlight every year during WEST. This year it will be at 18:00 on 15 February. Tickets are limited, so register now at usni.org/events.
Naval Institute Press
Trent Hone’s latest book, Mastering the Art of Command: Admiral Chester W. Nimitz and Victory in the Pacific, is garnering high praise from naval historians.
“Trent Hone perceptively analyzes how America’s finest admiral not only carefully honed his own approach to leadership, but fostered it by example among everyone he led. Only an officer with Nimitz’s managerial brilliance would have been capable of creating the agile command organization that efficiently waged the U.S. Navy’s sprawling Pacific War. Engagingly and incisively written, this is a superb sequel to Hone’s innovative Learning War.” —Jonathan Parshall, co-author Shattered Sword: The Untold Story of the Battle of Midway