I’m afraid I’m no longer a midshipman blogger. On Friday, May 28, I was commissioned as an ensign along with ~755 of my closest friends and classmates (255 more became 2LTs in the Marines). My brother, USMA Class of 2012 (West Point), gave me my first salute.

I started blogging for the Naval Institute during the second semester of junior year and I’ve had the pleasure of conducting several interviews (including with (then) VADM Harvey) and writing about topics from pirates to sleep deprivation to interviewing for nuclear power.

It’s been lots of fun and I plan on sticking around–just not as the resident midshipman blogger! A replacement is in the works, but nothing official yet. In late July, I’ll head down to Charleston, SC to report for nuclear power school and start the next part of my journey!

Posted by Jeffrey Withington in Navy

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  • Benjamin Walthrop

    Congratulations on your commissioning. Your contributions to the USNI blog have been thought provoking, and I look forward to your continuing writing. Keep it up.


  • And so it begins…Congratulations!

  • Congratulations!

  • BZ.

  • UltimaRatioReg

    Ens Withington,

    Go get ’em. Charge hard every day. And don’t forget to enjoy.

    SWMBO is gonna need another “man in Havana”.

  • Chap

    Welcome aboard! Now get qualified, nub!

  • Old Air Force Sarge


    Fair winds and following seas, Sir.

  • Congratulations and all the best, former Middie. 🙂

  • Fouled Anchor

    Congratulations, sir. Best of luck in power school and the rest of your journey. And thanks for your contributions to the blog.

  • Amy

    Welcome aboard! Now get qualified, nub!

  • Grandpa Bluewater

    It is always good to see a young man a achieve a lifelong dream.
    Savor it during your leave in route to your first command from your Alma Mater.

    Now we will see, and so will you. Break a leg young fella, it’s a hell of a ride!