R 021739Z FEB 17
FM CNO WASHINGTON DC
INFO CNO WASHINGTON DC
MSGID/GENADMIN/CNO WASHINGTON DC/FEB/
SUBJ/2017 CNO NAVAL HISTORY ESSAY CONTEST//
AMPN/ REF A is Design for Maintaining Maritime Superiority.//
POC/Patrick C. Burns/LOC: WASHINGTON, DC/TEL: (202) 433-8596/
RMKS/1. The Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) is announcing the CNO 2017 Naval
History Essay Contest and calling for submission of papers by 30 June 2017.
2. In support of ref (a), CNO directed a Naval History Essay Contest be
developed to further our understanding of how lessons from history inform out
way ahead. United States Naval Institute (USNI), United States Naval Academy
(USNA), Naval War College (NWC), Naval Heritage History Command (NHHC), and
OPNAV have coordinated efforts and produced the first CNO Naval History Essay
Contest. Goal: Inspire insight and dialog from across the widest spectrum of
academic, operational, military and civilian personnel both from within the
Naval Services and those with a sincere interest in the history of the Navy,
Marine Corps, and Coast Guard.
3. This NAVADMIN issues implementation guidance and tasks in support of the
CNO 2017 Naval History Essay Contest.
4. The Challenge: The Sea Services have a rich history. There is much to be
learned from history on multiple fronts-people, battles, strategy, tactics,
leadership, values, traditions. While the CNO invites you to write on a
naval historical topic of your choice, your essay should relate in some way
to establishing and maintaining maritime superiority in today's environment.
The essay should provide your readers with a lesson learned from history that
can be applied to today.
5. Two categories of entrants may participate in the CNO Naval History Essay
a. Professional Historians: U.S. and international professional
historians (historian jobs including history museum curators, history
teachers/professors, PhDs, published history authors).
b. Amateur Historians: U.S. Sea Service-wide active, reserve, retired,
and civilians not included in above.
6. The USNI will facilitate entry into the CNO 2017 Naval History Essay
Contest and coordinate the logistics of judging the contest.
a. Word count: 3,500 words maximum (excludes footnotes/endnotes/sources)
b. Email essays to: essay(at)usni.org
c. Due date: 30 June 2017
d. Include CNO 2017 Naval History Essay Contest on subject line of email
e. All essays will be judged in the blind. Include word count on title
page of essay but do not include your name on title page or within essay.
f. Provide separate attachment to include biography and complete contact
information- i.e., work, home, and cell phone numbers; and home mailing
g. For more details about this contest,please visit
h. USNI POC: Fred Rainbow: phone: (410) 295-1092, email:
7. CNO Naval History Essay Contest judging will be coordinated by USNI. The
selections will be screened by USNI and the finalists will be presented to a
a. Judging Committee will be comprised of senior staff from (USNI (1),
USNA (1), NWC (1), NHHC (1), OPNAV (2), and one (1) distinguished naval
historian from outside the Navy.)
8. Recognition for the winners in both categories (first, second, and third
a. All CNO Essay Contest Winners will be recognized by CNO at the
plenary session of the McMullen Naval History Symposium USNA SEP 2017.
b. CNO Essay Contest First Prize Winners will present their papers in a
panel format at McMullen Naval History Symposium USNA SEP 2017.
c. All CNO Essay Contest Winners will present their papers to
CNO/DNS/Senior Flags in Pentagon lunch in Flag Mess.
d. USNI Prizes: First Prize - $5000, Second Prize - $2500,
Third Prize - $1500 (Note: These prizes apply toward both categories for a
total of six prizes.)
e. First Prize Winners will be published in Naval History magazine and
NHHC. Other essays may be published in Naval History or Proceedings or
online by the Naval History and Heritage Command.
f. All prize winners will receive one-year membership in the U.S. Naval
Institute and one-year subscription to Naval History magazine.
g. All prize winners will receive a plaque, pen, and copper from USS
h. OPNAV will supply all winners with hosted orders to attend the
McMullen Naval History Symposium USNA SEP 2017 and lunch at the Pentagon Flag
9. All modifications require approval by Director, Navy Staff. Requests for
an exception to policy must be forwarded through NHHC. For additional
questions pertaining to this NAVADMIN and the execution of the Navy's 2017
Community Outreach Plan, please contact CDR Ryan Ahler at NHHC: phone: (202)
781-0579, email: Ryan.Ahler(at)navy.mil.
10. Released by Vice Admiral J. G. Foggo, Director, Navy Staff.//