BATTLE OF MIDWAY COMMEMORATION PLANNING ORDER

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SUBJ/BATTLE OF MIDWAY COMMEMORATION PLANNING ORDER//

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REF/A/DOC/CNO/21DEC2012OPNAVINST 5726.8A//

AMPN/REF A IS THE OPNAVINST 5726.8A OUTREACH: AMERICA'S NAVY//

RMKS/1.  June 2018 will mark the 76th anniversary of the Navy's and the 
Nation's most historically significant naval victory.  The Battle of Midway 
(BOM) occurred 3-7 June 1942 and changed the tide of war in the Pacific and 
the course of world history.  This order provides initial guidance and tasks 
for the global execution and planning of this important commemoration.

2.  In support of reference (a), execute a commemorative event commensurate 
with the importance of the BOM for our Navy and Nation.

3.  Commander's Intent
    a.  Purpose.  Serve as a commemoration of our Navy's greatest victory.  
Specifically, the commemoration will:
        (1) Engage the American public on how the Navy has been and remains 
critical to our Nation's defense.
        (2) Inspire the current generation of Sailors to trace their roots to 
those who fought in and won this great battle.  Highlight the core attributes 
of toughness, initiative, accountability, and integrity of American Sailors 
and Navy civilians who contributed to success at Midway and throughout World 
War II.
        (3) Draw parallels between today's forward deployed presence 
/operations to the historical lessons of the battle to cultivate an informed 
future for our Navy.
    b.  Method.  Command-centric execution of a coordinated Navy-wide BOM 
commemoration.
        (1) Use available Navy outreach assets to maximum extent possible.
        (2) Be guided by, and supportive of, the Navy's strategic messaging.
    c.  End State:  The BOM commemoration becomes an institutionalized 
community outreach and Navy pride event for all Sailors, observed globally.

4.  Tasks
    a.  Director, Navy Staff (DNS) will oversee planning and program 
development for the annual BOM commemoration.
    b.  Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC)
        (1) Coordinate and support the execution of Midway commemoration 
events to include the execution of a Navy-wide observation and supporting 
community outreach events.
        (2) Establish a Working Group (WG) of key stakeholders to oversee 
planning and program development for the BOM commemoration.
            (a) Director, NHHC will serve as chairman of the BOM WG.
            (b) Track Navy-wide commemoration plans as they develop and 
coordinate with BOM WG members to identify and share available resources for 
the global execution of the BOM commemoration.
        (3) Develop a commemoration toolkit for use by Commander, U.S. Fleet 
Forces Command (COMUSFLTFORCOM), Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT), 
Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC), Regional Commanders, Commanding 
Officers (CO), and Officers in Charge (OIC).
            (a) Develop and make available a body of lessons learned at the 
tactical, operational, and strategic levels from previous BOM commemorations.
            (b) Post all documents and associated points of contact on the 
NHHC website (https://www.history.navy.mil) NLT 2 April 2018.
        (4) Develop a BOM 76th Anniversary Communication Plan, including 
public affairs guidance, and provide to Chief of Naval Information (CHINFO) 
for dissemination to the fleet.
        (5) Compile BOM lessons learned from stakeholders and provide to DNS 
NLT 10 July 2018.
    c.  COMUSFLTFORCOM; COMPACFLT; CNIC; Commander, Navy Reserve Force 
Command (COMNAVRESFORCOM); Commander, Naval Education and Training Command; 
and Commander, Naval Recruiting Command
        (1) Provide representatives as necessary to support the BOM WG.
        (2) Ensure COs and OICs plan for and commemorate the 76th anniversary 
of the BOM.
        (3) Execute the BOM 76th Anniversary Communication Plan, disseminated 
by CHINFO, and participate in planned community outreach activities as 
operationally feasible.
        (4) Provide BOM lessons learned to NHHC NLT 20 June 2018.
    d.  CHINFO
        (1) Provide representatives to the BOM WG.
        (2) Disseminate the BOM 76th Anniversary Communication Plan to ashore 
and afloat commands by 4 April 2018.  This plan should include Navy's 
strategic message and talking points for this event.
        (3) Coordinate with DMA to create and share BOM content that shows 
the importance of the battle NLT 2 May 2018.
        (4) Provide BOM lessons learned to NHHC NLT 20 June 2018.
    e.  Naval District Washington (NDW)
        (1) Host the "Sea of White" ceremony at 0900 (EST), Tuesday,
5 June 2018.

5.  Coordinating Instructions
    a.  Additional coordination instructions and tasking to be provided by 
separate correspondence (SEPCOR) as plans develop.

6.  Administrative
    a.  The Midway toolkit will be available at the NHHC website
(https://www.history.navy.mil) NLT 2 April 2018.
    b.  Public Affairs Guidance
        (1) This is an active public affairs posture event.
        (2) Public affairs guidance will be provided SEPCOR.

7.  Point of contact.  NHHC POC is Mr. Alex Hays, at comm: (202) 433
-2499 or via email: daniel.a.hays(AT)navy.mil.

8.  Released by Vice Admiral K. M. Donegan, Director, Navy Staff.//

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