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230921-N-FJ200-1081 ANNAPOLIS, MD. (Sept. 21, 2023) Rear Adm. Fred Kacher, acting Superintendent for the Naval Academy; Naval History and Heritage Command Director, retired Rear. Adm. Sam Cox; Dr. Jennifer London, Chair, Navy League Foundation Board of Directors; and Chief Executive Officer of the U.S. Naval Institute, retired Vice Adm. Peter H. Daly present awards to Midshipman Third Class Pierre S. Briand for his third prize essay in the Midshipman and Cadets Category titled, “Rivalry and Confusion at Leyte: Lessons for Sea Control in the Pacific,” during the McMullen Naval History Symposium held at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. The CNO Naval History Essay Contest originated in 2017 began under then CNO John Richardson to further understanding of how lessons from history can inform the Navy’s way ahead. The goal of the contest is to leverage the knowledge and creativity of current and former uniformed and civilian members of the U.S. maritime services, the Merchant Marines, and professional historians to broaden and deepen the Navy’s warfighting knowledge by applying lessons from history to help ensure maritime superiority in an era of great power competition. Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC) manages the annual essay contest on behalf of the CNO, supported by the U.S. Naval Institute – which has been running essay contests since 1878. The symposium, hosted by the U.S. Naval Academy History Department, this world-renowned event is held biennially to highlight the latest research on naval and maritime history from academics and practitioners all over the globe.

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