I just read the great news this morning in the October issue of Naval History that our USS NORTH DAKOTA’s Executive Officer, Lieutenant Commander Joel Holwitt, was awarded the First Prize of $5,000 in the “professional historian category” of the U.S. Naval Institute’s inaugural CNO Naval History Essay Contest! His excellent and thought provoking essay in the current issue is entitled “Recapturing the Interwar Navy’s STRATEGIC MAGIC.” It can be found at: https://www.usni.org/magazines/navalhistory/2017-10/recapturing-interwar-navys-strategic-magic
The editor’s On Our Scope column on page 2 of the magazine featured LCDR Holwitt’s photo at sea on our boat proudly wearing his USS NORTH DAKOTA ballcap. He finished first out of the 292 essays submitted. We are all really proud of you! Congratulation! Way to go!
Aside from the enormous amount of work preparing and submitting his essay took while he was performing his duties as Executive Officer, I am not surprised. Joel holds a PhD in History from Ohio State University and is the author of Execute Against Japan – The U.S. Decision to Conduct Unrestricted Submarine Warfare. Here is a link to my book review of Joel’s book published in The Bismarck Tribune on August 7, 2016:
Lieutenant Commander Holwitt earlier this year was given the honor of briefly addressing both our State Senate and our State House of Representatives to bring them up to date on our USS NORTH DAKOTA (SSN-784).