Naval Historical Center’s New Director Unveils Roadmap for Naval History

July 23, 2008 at 3:41 am

The director of naval history unveiled his Roadmap for Naval History to a Historical Center and Naval Historical Foundation audience gathered in the National Museum of the United States Navy’s Cold War Gallery July 15.

Retired Rear Adm. Jay A. DeLoach has been working on the issuing of a Roadmap for Naval History since he assumed the helm of the Naval Historical Center (NHC) in June.

“I have always loved history, and this is a job I have always wanted. At the Naval Academy I wanted to major in history, but the need at the time was for engineers, particularly nuclear engineers, and that is what I became. But my first love has always been history.”

Prior to taking the job of director he conducted vast research, talking with the Navy’s history stakeholders, the leadership of the other services’ historical organizations and key members of the NHC. From this research he developed a 2008 Roadmap for Naval History.

“The central theme of the Roadmap is putting out historical products with a purpose,” said DeLoach.
“These products must be accurate and relevant, world-class history for a 21st century Navy and reflect the Navy’s one message, many voices, philosophy.”

DeLoach believes that the term “naval history” includes both the Navy and Marine Corps and wants closer ties with all the sea services. He also believes the Navy and Marine Corps history customers are the Navy-Marine Corps family, active duty, reserve, civilians, retirees, contractors, families, the U.S. public and the rest of the world.

The Roadmap also calls for greater coordination and outreach by the NHC from the highest levels of the Navy such as the Secretary of the Navy and Chief of Naval Operations to the deck plate forces such as the fleet and Marines.

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead, reaffirmed his selection of DeLoach for the job of the director of naval history and the curator of the Navy in a June 25 note.

“I look forward to working with you in making our Navy come alive for the American people and connecting our past with the future. As we discussed, your recommendations regarding how we can open ourselves up will be at the top of my list.”

Jack A. Green (NNS)

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