2018 CNO NAVAL HISTORY ESSAY CONTEST WINNERS:
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NARR/ REF A IS 2018 CNO NAVAL HISTORY ESSAY CONTEST// POC/Ms. MEGHAN A.
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RMKS/1. This NAVADMIN announces the winners of the 2018 Chief of Naval
Operations, Naval History Essay Contest.
2. Per reference (a), Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) requested submissions
for the 2018 CNO Naval History Essay Contest to further our understanding of
how lessons from history inform our way ahead. Entrants submitted 182 essays
- 13 in the Professional Historian category and 169 in the Rising Historian
category. Moreover, the exceptional quality of the essays made judging very
difficult. I would like to extend my appreciation to all who submitted
essays. We will be working to find the best avenues to publish not just the
winners, but also many more of these quality essays. I would like to extend
my thanks to the United States Naval Institute (USNI) for assisting with the
Congratulations to all of the winners, whom I look forward to meeting in
person at the awards reception.
3. Award recipients:
a. Professional Historians:
(1) First prize essay: "Anti-Access for Sea Control: The British
Mining Campaign against Germany in the First World War" By Rear Admiral James
Goldrick, RAN (Ret.)
(2) Second prize essay: "High Velocity Outcomes: People, Not
Process" By Lieutenant Commander Joel Holwitt, Ph.D., USN
(3) Third prize essay: "Sea Power in Great Power
Competition: Britain Wins the First Global War" By Francis (Frank) Hoffman,
b. Rising Historians:
(1) First prize essay: "Fly to Fight, Fight to
Win: Applying the Lessons Learned from Navy Helicopter Gunships in Vietnam
to Expeditionary Rotary-Wing Naval Aviation Today" By Lieutenant Robert E.
Swain III, USN
(2) Second prize essay: "ASW-Will We Ever Learn?"
By Vice Admiral James R. Fitzgerald, USN (Ret.) and Rear Admiral Richard F.
Pittenger, USN (Ret.)
(3) Third prize essay: "Achieving Dominance in the Cyber
Domain: Lessons from Rickover's Development of the Nuclear Navy" By
Lieutenant G. Creigh Greensmith, USN
4. Additional recognition for the winners:
a. All CNO Essay Contest Winners will be recognized by CNO during an
awards reception in Washington, D.C.
b. All prize winners will receive a piece of copper sheathing from USS
c. The Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV) will supply all
winners with hosted orders to attend the awards reception in Washington, D.C.
d. Separately, USNI has offered to provide the first prize
winners with $5,000 and Publication in the September-October edition
of Navy History magazine; the second prize winners with $2,500; and
the third prize winners with $1,500. USNI has also offered all
prize winners a one-year membership in the U.S. Naval Institute and
one-year subscription to Naval History magazine.
e. First Prize Winner articles will be published, as noted
above. Other essays may be published in Naval History or
Proceedings or online by the Naval History and Heritage Command.
5. Many thanks to the professional efforts of USNI, USNA, NWC, NHHC, and all
judges (judging was conducted in accordance with standard "blind" judging
process to enhance the fairness of the competition):
a. Judges for the Professional Historians:
OPNAV: CAPT Bruce Stubbs, USCG (Ret.)
NHHC: Dr. Peter C. Luebke
NPS: CAPT Wayne P. Hughes Jr., USN (Ret.)
USNA: CAPT Chris "Jethro" Rentfrow, USN
NWC: Dr. David Kohnen
Historian: Dr. Nicholas A. Lambert
USCG: Dr. Robert Browning
b. Judges for the Rising Historians:
OPNAV: CDR Ariel Klein, USN
NHHC: Dr. Jon S. Middaugh
NHHC: Dr. Ryan Peeks
NPS: CAPT Jeffrey Kline, USN (Ret.)
USNA: LCDR Rachael Gosnell, USN
NWC: Dr. Jeremiah Dancy
Historian: Mr. James D. Hornfischer
6. Released by Mrs. Steffanie B. Easter, Director, Navy Staff. //