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Award-winning author’s newest book explores history of Navy in Hampton Roads

NORFOLK, Va. – (Dec. 14, 2005) – Renowned military history author Bruce Linder will discuss his new book on the region’s naval history at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12, in the TCC Roper Performing Arts Center. The former naval officer who commanded a guided missile frigate and two major Navy bases will share insights from Tidewater’s Navy as part of TCC’s American History Lecture Series.

Linder’s first book, San Diego’s Navy, was published by the Naval Institute Press and won the San Diego Book Award for best nonfiction book of 2001. Tidewater’s Navy was published in fall 2005. He has written more than 30 articles for such publications as the U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings, Naval History, Traditions, Jane’s Navy International, Military History, Surface Warfare, Naval Forces and Shipmate. He received the U.S. Naval Institute’s Arleigh Burke Literary Award and was a finalist for the Naval Institute’s Colin Powell Literary Award.

The son of a Navy admiral, Linder holds a B.S. in physics from the U.S. Naval Academy, where he received his commission in June 1971. He accumulated 26 years of service in the U.S. Navy, rising to the rank of captain. While on active duty, he took part in combat support operations during the Vietnam War and in various operations in the Persian Gulf. He commanded the guided missile frigate ELROD (FFG-55) and two major Navy shore commands, Fleet Anti-Submarine Warfare Training Center and San Diego Naval Training Center.

Linder holds a master’s degree in oceanography from the University of Michigan. He studied for a year as a federal executive fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. In 1997 he joined the firm of Booz Allen Hamilton, where he leads technology consulting assignments as a principal on projects that involve advanced communications and naval strike warfare.

His books will be available for purchase and signing after the talk. The free, public lecture is sponsored by the Hampton Roads Naval Museum and the American History Teacher-Scholars Program.


The American History Lecture Series is a project of the American History Teacher-Scholars Program, a joint initiative of Portsmouth Public Schools, Norfolk Public Schools, and Tidewater Community College. The program is funded through the U.S. Department of Education's Teaching American History 2003 Grant Award.

Laurie White
Media Relations

Tidewater Community College is the second largest of the 23 community colleges in the Commonwealth of Virginia, enrolling more than 36,000 students annually. The 37th largest in the nation’s 1,600 community-college network, TCC ranks among the 50 fastest-growing large community colleges. Founded in 1968 as a part of the Virginia Community College System, the college serves the South Hampton Roads region with campuses in Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach as well as the TCC Jeanne and George Roper Performing Arts Center in the theater district in downtown Norfolk, the Visual Arts Center in Olde Towne Portsmouth and a regional Advanced Technology Center in Virginia Beach. Forty-four percent of the region’s residents attending a college or university in Virginia last fall were enrolled at TCC. For more information, visit