On a day when the Blue Angels returned to the Naval Academy to entertain the crowds for the first time in several years, the warm up event was the annual Division of Humanities and Social Sciences Awards Ceremony in the hallowed Memorial Hall of the Academy’s Bancroft Hall. This year’s winner of the Naval Historical Foundation-sponsored Captain Edward L. Beach, Jr. Naval History Award was Midshipman First Class Matthew C. Huffman, a History Department Honors graduate. Huffman’s research paper on the role played by naval aviation in the pre-WWII defense of the Panama Canal earned him the award nomination from the History Department Faculty. Midshipman (now Ensign) Huffman, shown with award presenters Mrs. Ingrid Beach and Foundation Executive Director Todd Creekman, is headed for graduate school at Georgetown University where he will complete a Masters Degree in Security Studies, after which he will report to Pensacola, Florida for flight training.