Announcements

Keep updated with what’s going on with our NNOA Members.  Submit your retirement, graduation, promotion or other noteworthy information for general membership to view.

 

Please submit your announcement requests no later than 30 days prior to the event. Announcements from and about financial members of the NNOA are given priority.

Looking for volunteers to support the Coast Guard Academy Eclipse Legacy Fund

Looking for volunteers to support the Coast Guard Academy Eclipse Legacy Fund (CGAA ELF) team! 

The purpose of the Eclipse Legacy Fund (ELF) is to provide resources for mentoring, outreach, and professional development opportunities for Coast Guard Academy cadets and officers with the goal of strengthening both minority recruitment and retention within the Coast Guard. The fund will also create a bridge for service personnel to achieve success following Coast Guard careers.

The organizers are in the process of redefining their mission statement and extending their community outreach.  

Are you looking for an opportunity to support a great cause?  Please reach out to the ELF Chairperson, CDR (ret) Mark Harris at mark.k.harris3@gmail.com for details.  

Change of Command Ceremony – CDR Zeita Merchant

You are cordially invited to attend the Change of Command Ceremony for Marine Safety Unit Chicago.  On June 28, 2019, Commander Zeita Merchant will be relieved by Commander Randy Preston. Date: June 28, 2019 Time: 10:00am Location: Union League Club of Chicago Address: 65 W. Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL Please click on the following link for more information: https://einvitations.afit.edu/inv/anim.cfm?i=441780&k=0665430E7357.

Ambassador Program Volunteer Opportunity

Would you like to assist in the recruiting efforts of the Coast Guard by sharing your experiences and knowledge with potential applicants and recruits? Then, the Coast Guard Recruiting Command (CGRC) Ambassador Program is the place for you! CGRC Ambassadors are motivated members of the Coast Guard who volunteer their time and efforts to augment Coast Guard recruiters when needed. Ambassadors are typically asked to assist at career fairs and conferences, mentor applicants, or assist prospective recruits with the application process. If you are interested in participating in this initiative, please feel free to visit the link below to submit your application for the Ambassador Program.

Contact: LT Megan Concepcion – (202) 795-6842

Ambassador Program Portal

https://cg.portal.uscg.mil/units/cgrc/OPS/CGRCAmbassadors/SitePages/Home.aspx

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Rear Admiral Michael Johnston is now the Coast Guard’s Assistant Commandant

On April 22nd at 0900 the Coast Guard had a change of watch:  Rear Admiral Michael Johnston is now the Coast Guard’s Assistant Commandant for Acquisitions and Chief Acquisitions Officer.  As CAO, he directs efforts across all Coast Guard acquisition programs, acquisition support, personnel, finance, and research and development activities to execute the service’s acquisition portfolio. CONGRATS Admiral Johnston!

Captain Bryan L. Durr Retirement Ceremony June 6

Please join us on the occasion of Captain Bryan L Durr’s Retirement at 1000 on June 6th, 2019 in the Ceremonial Entrance at Coast Guard Headquarters.

To view your invitation please click the link below.

E Invitation

Please contact Ms . LaShanda Jones, 202-475-5665, directly for:

                1.) Directions

                2.) Parking

                3.) Visitor Pass

* If you do NOT have CGHQ access, you must provide specific information (Full Name, Citizenship, DOB, SSN, etc) for facility access.

Retirement Ceremony – CAPT Robert A. Dews, Jr. – 3 May 2019

You have been invited to attend a retirement ceremony in honor of CAPT Robert A. Dews Jr. on 3 May, 2019 at 2:00 pm at the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD.

To view your invitation and RSVP, please click the link below.  If you are unable to click on the link, please copy and paste the address into your web browser.

https://einvitations.afit.edu/inv/anim.cfm?i=442110&k=066540087A57

Change of Command Ceremony – Commander Randy Preston

You are cordially invited to attend the Change of Command Ceremony for Marine Safety Unit Chicago.  On June 28, 2019, Commander Zeita Merchant will be relieved by Commander Randy Preston.

Date: June 28, 2019

Time: 10:00am

Location: Union League Club of Chicago

Address: 65 W. Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL

Please click on the below link for more information. You may RSVP by using the following link by May 30, 2019.

https://einvitations.afit.edu/inv/anim.cfm?i=441780&k=0665430E7357

CDR Yamasheka Young-McLear – Retiring after 20 Years of Service

 

CDR Yamasheka Young-McLear, Training Officer/Performance Support Department Head at Leadership Development Center, U.S. Coast Guard will be retiring after 20 years of service on Friday, June 14, 2019 at the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT.

CAPT(sel) Lexia Littlejohn – first African American Woman Coast Guard ‘Captain of the Port’ and Commanding Officer of a Sector

CAPT(sel) Lexia Littlejohn will become the first African American Woman Coast Guard ‘Captain of the Port’ and Commanding Officer (CO) of a Sector when she assumes the duties and responsibilities of Sector Buffalo CO on June 28th.  Change of Command Information below.

Rear Admiral Donna L. Cottrell cordially invites you to attend
the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Buffalo Change of Command Ceremony
at which
Captain Joseph S. DuFresne, USCG
will be relieved by
Captain Lexia M. Littlejohn, USCG

on Friday, the twenty-eighth of June two thousand nineteen
at half past ten o’clock in the morning

U.S. Coast Guard Sector Buffalo
One Fuhrmann Boulevard
Buffalo, NY 14203

A Retirement Ceremony honoring Captain Joseph S. DuFresne will be held at the conclusion of the
Change of Command Ceremony.

A reception will immediately follow the ceremonies.

CAPT Sandi Pollard, USN (Ret) – NNOA Visionary and Life Member – 2019

Service for CAPT Pollard, NC, USN (Ret.) is as follows:

 

Open Visitation
Thursday, 4 April 2019, from 1500-2000
Metropolitan Funeral Services
120 W Berkley Ave, Norfolk, VA 23523
Phone: (757) 494-1800

Funeral Service
Friday, 5 April 2019, at 1000
The Basilica of Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception
232 Chapel St, Norfolk, VA 23504
757.622.4487

Repass
Friday, 5 April 2019, at 1200
Metropolitan Funeral Services
Great Room
120 W Berkley Ave, Norfolk, VA 23523
Phone: (757) 494-1800

Cards, etc.
CAPT Pollard’s sister
Ms. Edna Garrison
1 Makefield Rd.
Apt. #C89
Morrisville, PA 19067

TRIBUTES (Click to expand)

Chaplain Kimberly Cain

“When The Ancestors Sleep”
By
Chaplain Kimberly Cain
Naval Station Norfolk Deputy Command Chaplain

Former NNOA National Chaplain

“Then David slept with his ancestors, and was buried in the city of David. The time that David reigned over Israel was forty years; he reigned seven years in Hebron, and thirty-three years in Jerusalem.” So Solomon sat on the throne of his father David; and his kingdom was firmly established. 1 Kings 2:10-12

Dearest NNOA Family & Friends,

It is with a heavy heart that I offer my deepest condolences and words of solace in the recent loss of a stalwart member and founder Ret. Captain Sandy Pollard. In her third book, “A letter to my daughter” Phenomenal Woman and Poet Laureate, Dr. Maya Angelou wrote,“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them. Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud. Do not complain. Make every effort to change things you do not like. If you cannot make a change, change the way you have been thinking. You might find a new solution. Never whine. Whining lets a brute know that a victim is in the neighborhood.” This powerful statement is the epitome of Retired Captain Sandy Pollard’s influence upon my life and the lives of so many that she touched. Her finger prints are gracefully etched throughout the span of my Naval career, my personal life, the lives of my daughters and so many others. She is the one who time after time breathed life into a dying or hopeless situation. I cannot recall a time when I did not see her smiling or having an encouraging word. Just this past Tuesday evening, at our monthly Tidewater Chapter NNOA meeting she was present and contributed with the same level of passion and enthusiasm for her beloved NNOA. I wish that we could all bring that level of gracious love to our organization! CAPT Pollard is a titan in our timeline! May we continue her trailblazing legacy as she now sleeps with the ancestors. When David was anointed King, there was strife between the “anointed” King David and the people’s “chosen” King Saul. What God “anoints”, God also firmly established. NNOA is forever “established” by the testimony of our ancestors! Especially those who now sleep like The Golden Thirteen, Phyllis Mae Dailey, Jesse LeRoy Brown, John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. Those whose lives have irrevocably transformed the life & legacy of one who now sleeps with the ancestors, Ret. CAPT Sandy Pollard. May we always speak your great name.

Rev. Kimberly Cain, LCDR, CHC, USN

Ed Gantt, CAPT, USN (Ret.)

I was really shocked to hear of CAPT Sandy Pollard’s passing a few days ago.  Sandy was such a big part of the National Naval Officer’s Association.  Since meeting her at an NNOA annual conference back in 1979, I don’t think I have ever been to an NNOA conference where Sandy was not working either with registration or membership, or in some capacity to help the conference go smoothly.

At that 1979 NNOA Conference in Washington, DC, I was an Ensign with less than two years on active duty and attending my second NNOA Conference.  I think Sandy had just transferred from the Naval Hospital at Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico, to the Naval Hospital at Portsmouth, VA.  With her staunch support of NNOA (only seven years old at that time), Sandy made such a positive impression on me that I tried to follow in her footsteps supporting NNOA.  

I was equally impressed that as a Lieutenant Commander back then, Sandy knew every one of the Black Admirals and senior officers; the people I had read about as the trailblazers in this Navy.  Granted, we’re talking about only four or five Admirals and about 30 Black Captains on active duty at that time, but she knew them all, by name.  More importantly, they all seemed to know her too.

Later, when I served as NNOA Chapter President for three years in Tidewater, Sandy was always one of our more-dedicated chapter members.   Each year, she was the head of one of our committees, activities, or our scholarship program, or our professional development.  So many officers sat down after a year or two of intense dedication, suffering from (or claiming) burn-out.  But Sandy never slowed down, and definitely never stopped working for NNOA, locally and nationally.

I remember Sandy Pollard at the NNOA Registration desk, checking us in at some annual conference somewhere.  Pick a city, pick a year, pick an NNOA conference…Sandy Pollard was a consistent presence.

Sandy will be missed tremendously.  But I will remember Sandy Pollard.  I’m sure that most of you will as well.

Ed Gantt, CAPT, USN (Ret.)