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Those who serve storyimg
Those who serve storyimg
If you refer to your walls as bulkheads and your floor as the deck, then chances are you know about one of Maryland’s most venerable institutions, the nonprofit U.S. Naval Institute, celebrating its 135th anniversary this year. Since 1873, when 15 founding members convened at the U.S. Naval Academy (still its home), the institute has been at the forefront of national defense issues.
The organization’s magazine, known simply as Proceedings, has been published continuously since 1874. Today, under Editor-in-Chief Robert Timberg, it is available on newsstands nationwide. While he honors the legacy he inherited, Timberg has introduced several new twists—including a complete redesign—since taking the monthly magazine’s helm in 2005.
The ink-stained former deputy Washington bureau chief of the Baltimore Sun has brought investigative reporting into the traditional mix, too. Now, professional journalists are intermingled with the usual fare of often provocative and sometimes controversial articles by serving military professionals, veterans, and defense experts, all with something important to say.
For buffs yearning for more on naval and maritime heritage, the institute launched Naval History magazine in 1986, now bimonthly and also available on newsstands nationwide.
The Naval Institute Press, inaugurated in 1898, is best known as publisher of Tom Clancy’s first effort, The Hunt for Red October. Today, the press publishes more than 70 books annually, including this fall’s The Sheriff of Ramadi, in which former Navy SEAL Dick Couch takes readers to Iraq with a depiction of “the most sustained and vicious engagement ever fought by SEALs.”
The institute has also branched out into other media, recently launching a “raw, unvarnished, and authentic website for warriors” called Get the Gouge (www.getthegouge.com) and a series of television vignettes for PBS called Americans at War (www.americans-at-war.com).
Retired Marine Major General Tom Wilkerson, the institute’s CEO, emphasizes that the organization’s mission is “to honor those who have served, empower those serving today, and engage those who might serve tomorrow.” Its independent forum, he says, “presents a unique opportunity to test the conventional wisdom and to explore the power of new ideas in the quest for a strong national defense.”
Visit www.usni.org to find out more.