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Officer Women Leadership Symposium Announced, Open for Registration

Story Number: NNS190204-15
Release Date: 2/4/2019 2:31:00 PM

From Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs

MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) — The 2019 Officer Women Leadership Symposium (OWLS) hosted by Academy Women is scheduled to be conducted at the Arlington Women’s Memorial in Arlington, Virginia on April 24-25, 2019.  View Details

Office of the Secretary of Defense Sustainment Fellowship Program

Fellowship Program

The memorandum solicits nominations for the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) 2019-2020 Sustainment Fellowship Program, which will begin in July 2019.  the program is designed to enhance career development of mid-level logistics, sustainment, and civil engineering professionals, military O4/O5 and civilian GS-13/GS-14, who have demonstrated significant potential for advancement and greater responsibility in their career field.  Download Packet

Janie Mines is the First African American Female to attend and graduate from the United States Naval Academy

In celebration of Black History Month the Washington DC Chapter of the National Naval Officers Association cordially invites you to a presentation by Ms. Janie L. Mines.  Janie Mines is the First African American Female to attend and graduate from the United States Naval Academy.

Ms. Mines is the recent author of a book detailing her experiences while attending the United States Naval Academy and her career as a United States Naval Officer.  Her book is titled: No Coincidences – Reflections of the First Black Female Graduate of the United States Naval Academy.  Ms. Mines is also President of the following business: Custom Messages, Inc., & Common Cents Business Services, Inc.

Please come out and hear this informative and relevant discussion of Ms. Mines experience as one of the first female students and the first and only African American female student in her graduating class and her experiences serving in the United States Navy as an active duty Navy Supply Officer.  The date, time and location for this big event is February 19,  2019, at 1830 at the Navy League Headquarters Building in Arlington, Virginia.  

The Navy League Headquarters Building is located at:
2300 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22201-5424

Note, this event is free of charge and light refreshments will be provided.  Please feel free to contact CAPT (Ret) Jerome D. Davis, SC, USN at cell number: 301-758-8253 or email address: if you have questions or need directions to the Navy League Headquarters Building..  (Attached is a copy of Janie Mines Bio)


We would love to have you and family members join us in celebrating this wonderful event in honor of Black History Month!

Janine L. Mines Bio

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Janie entered and graduated from the United States Naval Academy, as the only African American female in the first class of women.  She was later selected to participate in the prestigious Sloan Fellows Program, where she earned an MBA from MIT.  

During her rewarding military career, she served as a Supply Corps Officer holding several positions including a tour at the Naval Training Center, the Pentagon and aboard the USS Emory S. Land (AS-39).  She was among the first generation of women officers to serve on ships.

Janie held management and executive positions in P&G, Frito-Lay, Hershey, and Bank of America. She served as the Sr. Advisor, Business Process, Senior Executive Service (HQE-SES) in the Office of the Secretary of the Navy. She continues her service as a member of the SECDEF’s Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services (DACOWITS).

Janie currently manages her own businesses as an author / publisher and as an executive management consultant focusing on Strategic Planning, Project & Change Management, Quality and Productivity, & Business Transformation. She is a Six Sigma Master Black Belt, a PMP & Prosci certified Change Manager.  She has provided services across 15 industries.

Janie is also a National Women of Color in Business Award Winner.  She founded a non-profit organization, Boyz to Men Club, Inc, was honored as an Olympic Torch bearer, the Civic Volunteer of the Year, a winner of the 9 Who Care Award for the Charlotte Metropolitan Area, and a South Carolina Black History Honoree.  

Janie has served as a member of the Rotary Club International, the Board of Directors of the Founders Federal Credit Union, and the Board of the Springs Close Foundation

Janie is president of Custom Messages Inc & Common Cents Business Services Inc.  She is the author of No Coincidences – Reflections of the First Black Female Graduate of the United States Naval Academy available at

Funeral service for Retired USCG Commander Al Bernard, CDR Al Bernard (ret.)

Notice:  Funeral service for Retired USCG Commander Al Bernard, CDR Al Bernard (ret.). 
CDR Bernard was a Coast Guard cutterman, exceptional leader, and active mentor who retired in 2000.  I recall him for his exceptional professionalism and magnetic personality.
CDR Bernard passed away before the New Year. His funeral is next week at Arlington National Cemetery where he will be buried. 
Chris Soto reported that “Al was my uncle, a mentor, and the biggest influence on me to join the service. Al didn’t want many people to know he was sick, including our family, until he was near the end. Despite his stubborn-ness, I am sure Al (looking down) would love to have colleagues and friends present.”
I’m confident that Al’s wife, Ann, would appreciate it as well.
Here are the details:
When: January, 31st @ 9am
Where: Arlington National Cemetery
(Arrive at the Administration Building at the Cemetery before 9 and instructions will be given from there)
Best Regards,
Manson K. Brown

STEM Opportunity for parents of students in Charlotte, NC area

We are excited to announce the 2019 Charlotte InfraGard CyberCamp is now accepting applications.

The 6th Annual Charlotte InfraGard CyberCamp is a week-long summer camp for STEM-focused High School students (rising 9-12th graders).  This year’s camp is being held the week of June 24-28, 2019 at the Microsoft Campus adjacent to the FBI Charlotte Headquarters building. 

By engaging students’ technical skills and aptitudes for information technology and security, CyberCamp is designed to be a launch pad for students to identify their future career path in science, technology, engineering, math, and cybersecurity. Students may be eligible for future internships, references, and other career benefits.

The deadline to apply is March 1, 2019 so act now.  While the fee is $200 (lunch and snacks included), scholarship opportunities are available for those who qualify.

For questions about CyberCamp email us at:

Application link:

Hope to see you there!

Ms. Margaret Oliver – Mother of NNOA President, RADM Sinclair Harris, USN (Ret.) – 2018

Margaret Oliver lived a life filled with love, overflowing in joy, and of great faithfulness to her Lord Jesus Christ for all of her 83 years. She went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on 26 December 2018. Margaret was generous to a fault, gracious to everyone, and effervescent in her sense of humor. Margaret served her country with pride, both in uniform and as a civil servant. She was devoted to her son, family, friends, and coworkers. Hers was a life very well lived.

Margaret Joyner Moore was born in Farmville, North Carolina (Pitt County) on 29 October 1935 to James Herbert Joyner and Arthelia Moore. Margaret was raised in a home where faith in God, hard work, patriotism to country, and education were revered. From an early age, Margaret began to write speeches and poems that were well appreciated by many. Margaret won awards for her speeches and poems from the American Legion Post in Farmville, NC, and she was the Valedictorian of H.B. Suggs High School (formerly Farmville Colored School).

Upon graduation, Margaret moved to Washington DC to live with her favorite Aunt, Vestal Moore Askew, or “Auntie”, as we knew her. Growing up in North Carolina, Margaret always loved coming to Washington DC and claimed it as her city early in her life. Soon after coming to Washington DC, Margaret decided to join the Women’s Army Corps (WAC) and served as a Private First Class (T). All of her brothers served in World War II, and her cousin, Virginia, had also been a WAC. After serving her enlistment as a Postal Clerk, Margaret returned to Washington DC, where she attended Howard University, majoring in English. Margaret always excelled in her studies. Because of Margaret’s beauty and her grace, she quickly caught the eye of an upper classman at Howard, Gerald Mischal Harris. They were married for two years, then divorced. She later met Robert Lee Oliver, to whom she was married for 11 years. 
Margaret went to work for the United States Postal Service on a temporary assignment in 1956, which led to a career that lasted over 31 years. Working for the Postal Service was in her blood, as her grandfather, John Spurgeon Moore, had been appointed Postmaster of Beaufort, North Carolina on September 5th, 1892 by the then Postmaster General, John Wanamaker. Margaret rose quickly in her career through her diligent work and fast study of personnel and labor relations issues to become a well-respected expert in the Postal Service’s Labor Relations Department, Grievance and Arbitration Division. Margaret also represented the Postal Service management in arbitrating labor relations, overseeing the National Rural Carriers’ contract, working with its labor management personnel.

After retirement, Margaret returned to her love of writing and published six books of poetry. She wanted to be the “Norman Rockwell” of poets by writing poems that were easy to understand and meaningful to readers. Margaret read her poems at many venues over the years, and her poetry was always highly praised. Frequently, her poems could be found in the Southwester, a local newspaper of Southwest, Washington DC, and she read her works at Arena Stage, a theatre and arts venue in Southwest Washington, DC. When she was not writing poetry, Margaret could be found enjoying time with her friends, especially the ladies of the “P-9 Club”, with whom she played pinochle for decades.

Always a woman of faith, Margaret attended many churches over the years, and she became a proud member of Garden Memorial Presbyterian Church. She was also a faithful supporter of many charities, including her favorite, So Others Might Eat (SOME). Margaret never turned away any family member or person in need. She did her very best to live a life according to God’s will and the teachings of the Holy Bible. 

Margaret is survived by her son Sinclair and his wife Cora; her sisters Mary Elizabeth, Barbara Ann; her “adopted brother”, Charles and his wife Delores; loving nieces Paula and Gwen; and nephew Maryland Carmel and his wife Tammy.

A celebration of the life Margaret’s life will be held at the Fort Myer Chapel, located at Joint Base Fort Myer – Henderson Hall in Arlington, VA on Friday, January 11th, 2019. A viewing will be held from 11:00 am to noon. Services will follow, beginning at noon. On Saturday, January 12th, 2019, 11:00 am, a private burial service will be held at National Harmony Memorial Park, located at 7101 Sherriff Road, Hyattsville, Maryland. 

In lieu of flowers, the family invites you to make donations to Margaret’s favorite charity So Others Might Eat (SOME).!

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To access, type and you will be taken to the website. Then select the first instance of “National Naval Officers Association” from the list of many organizations. Shop at will!

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