JO IN THE SPOTLIGHT- Captain Damali M. Brimm, USMC

JO IN THE SPOTLIGHT- Captain Damali M. Brimm, USMC


Captain Brimm is the 2018 NNOA Golden Pen Award winner and former Camp  Pendleton /Miramar chapter president.  Captain Brimm enlisted in the Marine Corps in 2006.  Captain Brimm checked into II Marine Expeditionary Force Special Operations Training Group (SOTG) in September 2006.

Captain Brimm served as a Supply Chief, Assistant Non-Lethal Weapons Instructor and Marine Corps Martial Arts Instructor at SOTG from 2006 to 2009, being meritoriously promoted twice.
He was then transferred to 2d Marine Logistics Group, Combat Logistics Regiment 27. During his time with Combat Logistics Regiment 27, he served as Platoon Sergeant, Supply Chief and Supply Admin Chief from 2009 to 2010. He was then selected for the Marine Corps Enlisted Commissioning Education Program (MECEP) and began studying at Fordham University, while attached to State University of New York Maritime College Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps.

Captain Brimm graduated The Basic School in 2013, followed by Supply School in 2014. He then checked into 1st Combat Engineer Battalion (CEB) in February 2015 to serve as the Battalion Supply Officer. During his time with 1st CEB, he supported three MEU rotations and revamped the internal controls and training program. He also provided Supply Support for the first ever Engineer Marine Corps Combat Readiness Evaluation which was dispersed across three geographical locations and two states.

In December 2016, Captain Brimm reported to 5th Marine Regiment to serve as the Regimental Supply Officer. Shortly after checking in, he was selected to serve as the Command Element Supply Officer for the Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force. He was the action officer for the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle modernization program. He also served as the action Officer for Operation “Fighting Weight” which resulted in a 10 percent Marine Air Ground Total Force (MAGTF) reduction in principal end items to optimize the Commander’s Equipment Density List. He improved the SPMAGTF-CR-CC 16.2’s overall Supply System Readiness (SSRI) by 40 percent. This involved planning, supervising and executing the retrograde of $2 Million in gear from three Central Command (CENTCOM) countries supported by the SPMAGTF back to I MEF.

In March 2017, Captain Brimm reported to 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion from 5th
Marine Regiment. Since his arrival to 1st LAR Bn. Captain Brimm managed the budget execution of the battalion as well as an additional $1.5 million in funds excess to day to day budget of $2.2 million with no errors. He developed, staffed and implemented Battalion SL-3 policy in order to improve combat readiness and accountability, resulting in savings of over $300,000. The efforts of his Marines have contributed to an average maintenance readiness of 92%, the highest of the 23 Battalions in the Division. During this time he also served as a membership director and then chapter president of the Camp Pendleton/Miramar chapter.

Capt Brimm reported to The Basic School, Quantico VA in August of 2018 to serve as a Warfighting Instructor. His current duties include teaching student Lieutenants Warfighting, with an emphasis on ethics, combat life-saving and the foundations of Officership. He also currently serves as the scholarship chair for the Quantico NNOA chapter.

Change of Command Ceremony – Commander Marcus A. Canady, USCG

Commander, Eighth Coast Guard District cordially invites you to attend the U. S. Coast Guard Air Station Houston Change of Command Ceremony.

Commander James W. Spitler will be relieved by Commander Marcus A. Canady on Friday, the twenty-eighth of June at ten o’clock in the morning.

U. S. Coast Guard Air Station Houston
1178 Ellington Field
Houston, Texas

reception to follow

Click to RSVP by 17 June 2019
POC: LT Brian Muldoon
Military: Tropical Blue w/ Combination Cover or Service Equivalent
Civilian: Business Attire
Official Party: Full Dress White

Navy League of the United States Sea, Air and Space Expo

The National Naval Officers Association (NNOA) this year had the pleasure of participating in The Navy League of the United States Sea, Air and Space Exposition May 6-8, 2019.  NNOA through our partnership with the Navy League was able to have a booth at this year’s Exposition.  The NNOA booth was manned by NNOA Life Members CAPT (Ret) Willie Evans, SC, USN and CAPT (Ret) Jerome D. Davis, SC, USN.  The NNOA booth was visited by Flag Officers, Generals, Senior Executive Service members, Private Industry Executives and hundreds of participants during the three day Exposition.  NNOA National President RADM (Retired) Sinclair Harris, USN was also in attendance.  Attached for your information and viewing pleasure are a few photographs from the Sea, Air and Space Exposition.

2019 SAS Photos

Dr. Olivia Hooker Scholarship

The NNOA Dr. Olivia J. Hooker STEM Scholarship

In February 1945, Dr. Olivia J. Hooker became the first African-American woman to serve in the U.S. Coast Guard when she enlisted in the Coast Guard’s female military corps, Semper Paratus, Always Ready (SPARs). She was discharged in June 1946 as a Yeoman Second Class and went on to earn a master’s degree in Psychology from Columbia University and a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Rochester. In 1963, Dr. Hooker became Associate Professor of Psychology at New York’s Fordham University and served as the Director of Psychology at the Kennedy Child Study Center in the Bronx until her official retirement in 2002. Even after her retirement at the age of 87, she remained active in the community as a consultant in the areas of education and mental health, as a founder of the Tulsa Race Riot Commission (supporting legislative efforts to obtain restitution for ~300 African American victims of the infamous 1921 Black Wall Street Massacre) and as a volunteer
for the Coast Guard Auxiliary and local civic organizations until her passing in November 2018.

Dr Olivia Hooker has had many personal and professional accomplishments throughout her life but her charity and love for humanity were extraordinary. There are boundless stories of lives touched by her work, her outreach across communities and her advocacy for the voiceless and for the forgotten. As a small child, Dr Hooker suffered greatly from the tragic events of the Tulsa Massacre yet went on to serve her country honorably as a Coast Guardsman and later as a psychologist and civil rights activist. To continue Dr Hooker’s legacy of charity and excellence, the National Naval Officers Association (NNOA) Dr Olivia J. Hooker STEM Scholarship was created.

This annual program seeks to reward determined persons in the Enlisted Corps who have overcome major challenges in their lives while striving to pursue their educational and professional goals. These individuals are also making significant impacts in the lives of others and in their communities. This is a Chapter wide STEM Program offered to enlisted persons in the Sea Services interested in joining the Officer Corps.

The scholarship program will provide award(s) in the amount of $500 per recipient.

The scholarship is open to enlisted men and women in the sea services who meet the following requirements:

  • Must have, at minimum, a completed high school education or GED by the 2019-2020 academic year
  • Must plan to enroll (or may currently be enrolled) in undergraduate study at an accredited Minority Serving
    Institution (MSI) for the entire 2019-2000 academic year
    • Full time (12+hr) enrollment is not required
    • An acceptance letter or proof of completed application is required
  • Must have attained a cumulative GPA (GPA) of 2.5 or above in high school or in college
  • Must exhibit a strong commitment to helping others in their community
  • Must be a citizen, national or legal permanent resident of the United States
  • Must intend on pursuing (or currently pursuing) a STEM degree
  • Must provide proof of service
  • In addition to the above, each interested individual must complete a 500-word essay on either of the following:
    • Describe what the word “Charity” means to them; how it applies to their own efforts to improve the lives
      of others and how they envision using their college education to better the communities we live in.
      Answer the question; can excellence exist without charity?
    • Discuss how Dr. Hooker’s life reflects their own upbringing, educational pursuits, challenges and/or
      achievements. In what ways is she an inspiration to their own goals? Or, in what ways is the student a
      trailblazer in their family, or community?

Instructions:  Include the following in your submission 
___A resume of educational and other experiences using standard formatting (Resume must be typed)
___Two letters of reference
___A recent copy of high school or college transcript
___Essay meets designated requirements
___Documented 250 + hours of community service from your high school, college or community representative with
explanations of what services, duties, activities were performed by you. Military volunteer awards with detailed
information can also meet this requirement.
I plan to attend (or currently attending) the following college and/or university in Fall 2019
1st Choice ___________________________
2nd Choice ___________________________

Mailing Instructions

All applications must be sent or postmarked by May 30th They can be emailed (PDF) to,
submitted online or mail to:

The NNOA Dr. Olivia J. Hooker STEM Scholarship Committee
16107 Drayton Farm Drive
Spencerville, MD 20868

Click to donate for the Dr. Olivia Hooker Scholarship.