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Featured Firstie: 1/C Elise Lindsay

  POSTED ON: Friday, November 11, 2022 9:53 AM by

Today’s Firstie Friday is MIDN 1/C Elise Lindsay, a platoon commander in 15th Company from Bowie, Maryland. She is the Training Officer for the Diversity Peer Educator Program and a member of the Midshipmen Black Studies Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and the Navy Spirit All-Girl Cheerleading Team. 


On Veterans Day, we highlight the service to our Nation that runs deep in the Lindsay family. Both of Lindsay’s parents are commissioned naval officers: her mother, CAPT Timika Lindsay, USN (Ret.) graduated from the Naval Academy with the Class of 1992 and her father, LtCol Eric Lindsay, USMC (Ret.) attended Fayetteville State University, commissioning into the Marines through the Platoon Leaders Class. Both sides of her family’s service date back to World War II: both of her grandfathers and two of her great-grandfathers served in the U.S. Army or U.S. Marine Corps. And she has two great uncles who were in the Navy’s first group of Black enlistees.

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With this rich history of military service, Lindsay grew up rooted in actions of honor, teamwork, and dedication. This upbringing is what motivated her to attend the Academy: “I was greatly inspired by the influence my parents had and still have on their Marines and Sailors. I knew I wanted to pass on what they’ve instilled in me through my own service.” 

As a midshipman and future officer in the United States Navy, Lindsay is upholding her family’s legacy of service. She and her mother are the first Black mother-daughter alumni to attend the Naval Academy, and she is joined on the Yard by her younger brother, MIDN 3/C Eric Lindsay, Jr.

Lindsay’s favorite Academy memory is the Class of 2023’s Ring Dance–when she first saw her class ring as a physical reminder of her Naval Academy family at large. During her final months at the Academy, Lindsay will cherish the last few moments with her friends together in one place and looks forward to “doing everything one last time and making it the best time.”


Category: General Interest, Midshipman