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

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

Greetings All,

On Friday, May 3, 2019, longtime NNOA member and DCNNOA member CAPT Robert A. Dews, Jr. USN held his Retirement Ceremony at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. CAPT Dews was born in Washington, DC and raised in Capitol Heights, Maryland. He attended Southern University A&M in Baton Rouge, Louisiana where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering Technology Magna Cum Laude in 1988. He received his commission as an Aviation Maintenance Duty Officer after completing Aviation Officers Candidate School (ACOS) in Pensacola, Florida in May 1989. He also earned a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from New Hampshire College and is a certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR). CAPT Dews is also a graduate of the U. S. Army Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, KS and the Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, VA and is a Joint Qualified Officer. CAPT Dews served 30 years in the Navy in a variety of sea and shore assignments. At sea, his assignments included: Maintenance Material Control Officer, USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69) and USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73).

Captain Dews previous shore assignments included: Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department (AIMD), Naval Station Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico where he served as the Aircraft Maintenance Division Officer and Quality Assurance Officer from September 1989 to August 1991. Commanding Officer of the Oklahoma City Military Entrance Processing Station from November 2001 to March 2004. Lead Analyst in the Office of the Deputy Assistant, Secretary of the Navy (Installations and Environment) in support of the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure. In 2005 he served as Executive Officer and subsequently served as Commanding Officer of Navy Recruiting District Dallas from June 2007 to January 2009. From March 2009 through February 2012 he served as Officer in Charge of the Navy’s recruiting training center, the Navy Recruiting Orientation Unit at NAS Pensacola. From April 2012 to July 2013 he served as the Director of Personal and Family Readiness (OPNAV N135F). CAPT Dews later served as the Deputy Director for Diversity for the Navy Recruiting Command from August 2013 to February 2014 and as the Director of Operations (N3) of the Navy Recruiting Command from March 2014 to August 2015. In August 2015 CAPT Dews reported to his current and final Navy assignment as the Director of Safety for the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

CAPT Dews achieved a number of significant accomplishments during his career which included VFA-136 Maintenance Officer of the Year in 1993 and Officer of the Year Award for NAS Patuxent River in 1996. His military decorations include the following: Legion of Merit (two awards), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (two awards) and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three awards) as well as various campaign and service awards.

The Guest Speaker for CAPT Dews Retirement Ceremony was Admiral Craig S. Faller, USN Commander, United States Southern Command. The Master of Ceremony was CAPT Donald Kennedy, USN. Dignitaries in attendance included RADM (Retired) Sinclair Harris, USN and Current President of the National Naval Officers Association (NNOA), RADM (Retired) Julius Caesar, USN, former NNOA National Presidents CAPT (Retired) Bernard Jackson, USN, CAPT (Retired) Anthony P. Barnes, USN and Colonel (Retired) Robert Clements, USMC. CAPT Dews was also presented with an award from the Annapolis Chapter of his fraternity Kappa Alpha Psi. CAPT Dews was joined in the ceremony by his wife, daughter, son, Mother, sister and numerous other family members and friends.

As in true Navy tradition the ceremony was “superb”! “Best Wishes” are forwarded to CAPT Dews 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!

NAVSEA is hiring at Sea-Air-Space

NAVSEA is hiring at Sea-Air-Space! Help grow The Force Behind the Fleet by sharing this great opportunity with your colleagues from across the DoD, the Federal government, and industry!

NAVSEA Human Resource Personnel will be on-site at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center National Harbor in the Maryland Conference Room meeting with potential applicants on Monday, May 6 from 0900-1700 and again on Tuesday May 7 from 0900-1600 to fill 200 vacancies in the following areas – General Engineering, Engineering Technicians, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Naval Architecture, Program Management, Management and Program Analysis, Financial Administration, Health Physics, and Operations Research.

Applicants can either bring their resumes with them or submit one online at:

Interviews may be conducted on site with qualified applicants.

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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 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:

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

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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!