It is a bittersweet time to be aboard the USS Midway Museum. We closed out an incredible year for 2022 that included a welcomed increase in attendance, seeing school programs back up and running, and major progress on the development of the Freedom Park project. 

However, even with rebounding from the crushing impact of the pandemic and an exciting future that lies ahead for the museum and the Midway Foundation, it’s still hard to conceal the cloud that lingers – Mac McLaughlin’s retirement.

There’s not much more I can add to the well-deserved accolades and wonderful stories of leadership that you’ve already heard from Midway staff, our volunteers and board members. That said, I will share I truly will miss Mac. His humor and kindness will not be forgotten, nor his willingness to support his team. I am grateful to have been under his leadership for nearly two years.

He is leaving behind an incredible legacy and exciting next chapter for the museum, Foundation, and the future Freedom Park at Navy Pier. I am honored to be part of a team that will carry his legacy forward, along with new leadership. 

Mac, thank you for more than 50 years of service to your country, both in and out of uniform. Fair winds and following seas, admiral.

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