Naval Horizons Essay Contest

Naval Horizons Essay Contest

The Naval STEM team wanted to share a reminder that there are still two weeks for high school students to participate in the Naval Horizons student essay contest:

Naval Horizons is a high school essay contest that introduces students to cutting-edge STEM topics that impact the Department of the Navy (DON). The students will learn about Naval STEM challenges and DON scientists and engineers via an educational video series. They will then write an essay on how the videos inspired them for a chance to win a cash prize. The contest challenges students to picture themselves in a STEM career and design the Navy and Marine Corps of the future.  The application period is open through 30 July 2021.

Marine Corp University WPS Writing Awards

Marine Corp University WPS Writing Awards

NNOA sponsored the Marine Corps University Writing Awards Series

Congratulations to the winners:

First place = “Women, Peace & Security” by Maj Villanueva (CSC)

Second place = “Assessing Physical and Combat Readiness: Abandon the Marine Corps Body Composition Program” by Capt Ehrhardt (EWS)

Third place = “Modern Solutions to Military Childcare Shortfalls and Childcare Related Readiness and Retention Issues” by Maj Bartucco (CSC)


Rear Admiral Cedric Pringle, USN Retirement Ceremony

The President of the National Defense University, Lieutenant General Michael T. Plehn, USAF, invites you to attend the National War College Change of Responsibility Command Ceremony and Retirement of Rear Admiral Cedric Pringle, USN, on Friday, July 30th at 10 am. This will be a live ceremony with options for in person and virtual participation.

To view your invitation and RSVP, please click the link below.

Please RSVP by July 13th and indicate if you will attend in person or virtually.

Should you have any questions please feel free to contact,

Katia Y. Harris
Executive Assistant to the Commandant
National War College
300 D Street, Roosevelt Hall (Bldg 61)
Fort Lesley J. McNair
Washington, DC 20319-5078
Office: (202) 685-4342

Member Spotlight: Col. Ricardo Player

Member Spotlight: Col. Ricardo Player

Task Force Commitment service members, mostly comprised of Marine Forces Reserve Marines and Sailors, ensure recruits are quarantined at the Hyatt Regency hotel in Jacksonville, Florida, for two weeks to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 before traveling to Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island to begin recruit training. (U.S. Marine Corps Video by Ricardo Robinson and Lance Cpl. Christine Phelps)

“When they go low, we go high.” – July 2021

“When they go low, we go high.” – July 2021

“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”– Romans 12:21 NIV

Paul is sharing these words of wisdom with the Romans in dealing with people. He reminds them earlier in the chapter of the importance of not taking revenge as vengeance belongs to God and directs them to treat others with kindness. The natural expectation of someone who has mistreated people is to receive the same treatment. However, it is an unexpected human response by being kind as it causes them to reflect on their actions. It begins to make them wonder why they did not receive the same evil they dished out.

Paul continues to tell them to love, feed, and meet the needs of the one who has mistreated them. He concludes the message by telling them do not be overcome by evil but overcome evil with good. To not take revenge in one’s hand can be a difficult pill to swallow.  However, the most significant testimony can come out of not allowing others to change who you are as a person. Having the ability to maintain one’s character and integrity in a difficult situation is the best testament to self-control and growth.

One cannot control the actions of others, but one can control theirs. Jesus provided the perfect example on the cross when he said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” Often this is the case with those we encounter who are unkind. The actions may come out of a place of bitterness and personal hurt. There is a saying that hurt people, hurt people. We have to look beyond the action and look at the heart. The same way God does for us. None of us are perfect, and we all have our hurts and disappointments. Therefore, it is imperative to self-reflect and to provide the love, kindness, mercy, and grace we would want to receive. In the words of the remarkable Mrs. Michelle Obama, “when they go low, we go high.” We must find a way to show others the love they deserve despite themselves because, with God, all things are possible.

Blessings, Reverend Takana L. Jefferson, Chaplain, United States Navy