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.
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.
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 www.moaa.org.
For the past six years, former Navy Captain David Schnell has served as the vice president of operations for the electronic tolling division of Xerox’s Americas Commercial & State Transportation Group. Outside of his work, Captain David Schnell still maintains his Navy ties through organizations such as the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA).
For 11 straight years, MOAA has been recognized by The Hill newspaper as one of the most influential organizations in Washington. Each year, The Hill looks at the landscape in D.C. and decides which groups are affecting the most change. In 2017, MOAA fit that bill through its hard work ensuring that troops receive competitive pay and the benefits to which they are entitled.
MOAA President Lt. Gen. Dana Atkins (retired) was especially recognized for his role in leading the organization after taking the reins less than two years ago. Lt. Gen. Atkins called the award from The Hill “a tremendous honor” and reaffirmed the organization’s commitment to always working for the best interest of service personnel.