Four Essentials for Your First Half Marathon


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Half Marathon

Retired US Navy captain David Schnell sits on the board of directors of Walden Family Services, a nonprofit serving foster youth. An avid runner in his free time, Captain David Schnell has run several half marathons.

Running your first half marathon will feel a lot different from running a 5K or 10K. To get you started, here are four essentials you’ll need for completing your first half marathon:

i) Good shoes and socks 
A good pair of well-fitting running shoes is an absolute must if you want to avoid injuries such as shin splints and joint pains. Opt for well-fitting and -padded shoes that complement your stride, to minimize stress on your joints during the run. Add a pair of partial-wool socks to reduce the chances of developing blisters.

ii) Bottled water 
Hydration is a must on long runs. Being even slightly dehydrated will negatively affect your performance. Drink as much water as your sweat rate and the weather demand, and carry more bottled water on hot and humid days.

iii) Chafe protection 
Anti-chafe body lotion prevents chafes from developing in your underarms, thighs, and toes. Apply some to make your running comfortable all the way.

iv) Nutrition packs
When you’re running long distances, you will deplete your body’s levels of glycogen. Carry an energy drink or nutrition gel or chew to power up.


Two Popular Contests Sponsored by the US Naval Institute

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US Naval Institute

Retired US Navy Captain David Schnell spent 27 years in the service, where he commanded several ships. A decorated veteran, Captain David Schnell is a member of the US Naval Institute.

The US Naval Institute’s mission is to advance the professional and scientific understanding of sea power by providing an independent forum for readers, writers, and thinkers. Since its establishment, one of the main ways the Institute fulfills its mission is by organizing essay contests. To date, the Institute has sponsored 25 contests. Two in 2018 are the NPS Foundation/US Naval Institute Annual Contest and the CNO Naval History Essay Contest.

The NPS contest is for students and staff of the US Naval Postgraduate School. This contest challenges students and staff to write a 3,000-word essay that is either directly related to each student’s thesis or addresses an issue relevant to the military profession. The award carries a cash prize of $5,000.

The CNO contest challenges professional and upcoming historians to write a 3,500-word essay covering a naval history topic that is relevant in today’s environment. The contest carries a first prize of $5,000, a second prize of $2,500, and third prize of $1,500.

MOAA Looks at Mental Health in Female Veterans

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Military Officers Association of America

A former US Navy ship commander who was in charge of the USS Peleliu and the USS Ford, Captain David Schnell gave 27 years of service to his country before retiring. Though he is no longer on active duty, Captain David Schnell maintains his connections to the armed services through membership in the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA).

According to a recent analysis sponsored by MOAA and United Health Foundation, women who serve in the military have an increased incidence of development mental health issues compared to women who haven’t served. Though these female veterans are typically in better physical health, they often report a higher rate of depression (16 percent) and are twice as likely to experience suicidal thoughts. They also have a 50 percent higher rate of developing overall mental illness.

In his comments, MOAA president and CEO Lt. Gen. Dana T. Atkins, USAF (Ret.), said that the study highlights the need for more resources to be devoted to ensuring that these veterans are getting the care they need.

Virtual Career Fair for Military Personnel

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Military Officers Association of America

The executive director of Christ Kitchen in San Diego, Captain David Schnell served for nearly three decades in the U.S. Navy, commanding warships such as the USS Ford and the USS Peleliu and earning several accolades for meritorious service. Captain David Schnell also holds a lifetime membership in the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA).

As the largest association of military officers in the country, MOAA works hard to support its members and their families through a diverse range of programs. These programs include free virtual career fairs held to connect those who have served in the military, and their spouses, with employment opportunities. The organization has seen the effectiveness of these virtual career fairs, which require minimal time investment.

The MOAA will host one of its virtual career fairs on June 20th, 2018. To participate in the fair, you must register and then upload your personal information, such as your current photo, resume, and a link to your LinkedIn profile. Those interested in participating, or to find out about future opportunities, may visit the organization’s website at