​2020 CNO NAVAL HISTORY ESSAY CONTEST WINNERS

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NARR/REF A IS NAVADMIN 283/19, 2020 CNO NAVAL HISTORY ESSAY CONTEST.
POC/Dr. Peter D. Haynes, Captain, U.S. Navy (Ret.)//LOC: WASHINGTON, 
DC/EMAIL: peter.d.haynes1(AT)navy.mil//

RMKS/1.  The Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) announces the winners of the 
2020 CNO Naval History Essay Contest.

2.  CNO Gilday announced the annual CNO Essay Contest in reference (a) and 
requested submitted essays apply lessons of naval history to the effective 
establishment and maintenance of maritime superiority in an era of great 
power competition.  As CNO Gilday noted, examining how the Navy grappled with 
challenges in the past shortens our learning cycle and keeps us ahead of 
todays competitors.
    a.  Due to the exceptional quality of the essays, judging was 
challenging.  Entrants from across the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast 
Guard submitted 113 essays: 12 in the Professional Historian category and 101 
in the Rising Historian category.
    b.  Congratulations to the winners and BZ to all the entrants as the 
overall quality of essays and creativity displayed in the contest this year 
was remarkable.

3.  Winners of the 2020 CNO Naval History Essay Contest
    a.  Professional Historian Category:
        (1)  First Prize: CDR Joel Holwitt, USN, for his essay Regaining the 
Undisputed Supremacy at Sea: Lessons from Admiral Elmo Zumwalts Priorities 
and Errors.
    b.  Rising Historian Category:
        (1)  First Prize: 1stLt James Winnefeld, USMC, for his essay The Base 
of Innovation.
        (2)  Second Prize: LT George Hageman, USN, for his essay Battle of 
Tsushima: The First Naval Battle of the 21st Century.
        (3)  Third Prize: LCDR Andrew Rucker, USN, for his essay The Little 
Carriers That Could: Lessons for Great Power Competition from the 
INDEPENDENCE-Class CVLs.

4.  Awards.
    a.  Cash Prizes: Provided by the U.S. Naval Institute (USNI)
        (1) First Place: $5,000 (both categories);
        (2) Second Place: $2,500 (Rising Category only);
        (3) Third Place: $1,500 (Rising Category only).
    b.  Publication of the essays in Naval History, which is published by 
USNI, and on the Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC) website, 
https://www.history.navy.mil.
        (1) Note: some non-winning essays may also be selected for 
publication in Naval History or Proceedings.
    c.  A one-year USNI membership and a one-year subscription to Naval 
History (both courtesy of USNI)
    d.  A piece of copper sheathing taken from USS CONSTITUTION.

5.  Unfortunately, due to COVID restrictions, CNO Gilday will be unable to 
host a live awards ceremony for this years winners.  A virtual awards video 
presentation, including the remarks of the CNO and the four winners, will be 
issued later this fall.

6.  Many thanks to the professional efforts of USNI, U.S. Naval Academy 
(USNA), Naval War College (NWC), Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), NHHC, and 
all judges:
    a.  Professional Historian Category Panel
        (1)  Dr. Dan Moran, NPS
        (2)  Dr. Mark Folse, USNA
        (3)  Dr. David Kohnen, NWC
        (4)  Dr. Scott Mobley, USNI (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
        (5)  CAPT Calvin Foster, OPNAV
        (6)  Dr. Pete Haynes, NHHC
    b.  Rising Historian Category Panel
        (1)  CAPT Jeff Kline, USN (Ret.), NPS
        (2)  CDR BJ Armstrong, Ph.D, USNA
        (3)  Dr. J. Ross Dancy, NWC
        (4)  Dr. Kathleen Williams, USNI (Cogswell Polytechnical College and 
City University of New York)
        (5)  LCDR Chris Thomas, OPNAV
        (6)  Dr. Ryan Peeks, NHHC

7.  For questions, please contact Dr. Peter D. Haynes, NHHC: email: 
peter.d.haynes1(AT)navy.mil.

8.  Released by Mr. Andrew S. Haeuptle, Director, Navy Staff.//

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