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Orion M. Kidd, Sr – Son of CAPT Don Flowers, USN (Ret.)

Condolences to our CAPT Don Flowers, USN (Ret.) for the loss of his son Orion M. Kidd, Sr.  CAPT Don Flowers, USN (Ret), is a long time member of NNOA who served as the Western Region VP and Symposium Chair.

Funeral arrangements for family and friends are as follows:

*April 1, 2019 – Viewing

Wiggins-Knipp Funeral Home
524 Capitol Street
Vallejo, CA 94590
3:00 pm – 6:30pm, Viewing of Body
6:30 pm – 8:00pm, An opportunity for Family & Friends to provide Comments and/or Reflections on the Life of Orion Kidd, Sr.

*April 2, 2019 – Funeral Service & Repast

Union Baptist Church
128 Encerti Ave
Vallejo, CA 94589
11:00 am, Funeral Service

Repast immediately following the Funeral Service at the church

*April 3, 2019 – Burial

Sacramento Valley National Cemetery
5810 Midway Road
Dixon, CA. 95620
10:30am, Burial

Retirement Ceremony for CAPT (Ret) Wilbert R. Bynum, SC, USN

On Friday, March 15, 2019, longtime NNOA member and DCNNOA member CAPT (Ret) Wilbert R. Bynum, SC, USN held his Retirement Ceremony at the Pat Thompson Center in Millington, Tennessee.  CAPT Bynum is a native of Tupelo, Mississippi.  He was commissioned through the Naval Reserve Training Corps (NROTC) program at Southern University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics while minoring in Physics.  He also earned a Master’s Degree from Troy State University and completed executive training at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and joint professional military education at the Joint Forces Staff College.  CAPT Bynum served 30 years in the Navy in a variety of sea and shore assignments.  At sea, his assignments included: Supply Officer, USS GEORGE H. W. Bush (CVN 77); Assisatant Supply Officer, USS NIMITZ (CVN 68); and Supply Officer, USS FLATLEY (FFG 21) and Disbursing and Sales Officer, USS MARVIN SHIELDS (FF 1066).

Captain Bynum’s previous shore assignments included: Commanding Officer, NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center, Jacksonville, FL; Assistant Commander for Corporate Operations (N1/N5), Naval Supply Systems Command Headquarters; Director of Logistics (J4), Combined, Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa; Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff Logistics, Fleet Supply & Ordnance, U.S. Pacific Fleet; and Chief of Staff for Logistics U.S. Naval Forces, Marianas; and Assistant Supply Officer, Naval Support Activity, New Orleans.  CAPT Bynum currently serves as Director, Detailing Division for the Naval Supply Systems Command, Office of Supply Corps Personnel in Millington, TN.

CAPT Bynum is a Joint Qualified Officer and member of the Navy Acquisition Community.  CAPT Bynum is dual warfare qualified as a Naval Aviation Supply Officer and a Surface Warfare Supply Corps Officer.

His military decorations include the following: Legion of Merit (three awards), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards) and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.  The Guest Speaker for CAPT Bynum’s Retirement Ceremony was RADM (Ret) Vincent Griffith, SC, USN.  The Presiding Officer for the ceremony was CAPT Kerry Pearson, SC, USN and the Master of Ceremony was CAPT Milton Troy, SC, USN.  CAPT Bynum was joined in the ceremony, by his wife Jen, daughters  Courtney, Serena and Milo, Mother Mrs. Jimmia Bynum, longtime family friend Mr. Robert Fields and numerous other family members and friends.

As in true Navy tradition the ceremony was “superb”!  “Best Wishes” are forwarded to CAPT Bynum and his family for 30 years of distinguished service to this nation and the United States Navy from all his friends and colleagues within the National Naval Officers Association!

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
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