A Tribute to LTJG Asante McCalla – NNOA Member

By LT Darnell “Gov” Harris (VP SDNNOA 2018-2019)

LTJG Asante McCalla graduated from Parkview High School in Lilburn, Georgia and had strong ties to the community.  He went on to attend Morehouse college on a full military officer scholarship and graduated magna cum laude in 2016 with a degree in sociology.  In May 2018, he was promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade and was close to completing his Surface Warfare Officer designation.

On Aug. 19 while underway onboard the USS LAKE ERIE (CG-70), LTJG McCalla failed to report for duty and could not be located on the ship.  LAKE ERIE went into man-overboard procedures and seven U.S. Navy ships, along with aircraft from the Navy, U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, contributed to the search of more than 16,550 square nautical miles of open water for four days.  The aircraft flew more than 140 sorties, with LAKE ERIE serving as the on-scene commander and U.S. Coast Guard District 11 serving as mission commander.

I had the distinct privilege of meeting Asante roughly three years ago at a San Diego Chapter NNOA general body meeting and we immediately connected.  Asante being a recent graduate of Morehouse possessed confidence and maturity unmatched by many Junior Officers.  Over time we became extremely close, he would come over to my home to spend time with my family and I during weekends & holidays when he was unable to go home to be with his own family.  Asante served as Vice President for the San Diego Chapter of NNOA 2017-2018 and was deeply committed and highly effective in supporting his fellow Officers, area youth and the community at large. Moreover, Asante enthusiastically volunteered to serve as lead planner for numerous NNOA sponsored events and was instrumental to the successful Junior Officer Speed Mentoring event held in May 2018 held onboard Naval Base San Diego. This event afforded young Naval Officers the rare opportunity to engage with Senior Officers in an informal setting, facilitating a meaningful exchange of indispensable career guidance. Asante understood that professional development and mentorship was vital to the success of a Junior Officer; and although a Junior Officer himself, he took the care and feeding of others as his own personal endeavor. Asante’s unyielding concern for everyone, regardless of rank, gender or race, truly allowed him to stand out as a model Naval Officer and integral part of the National Naval Officers Association. On 29. May I had the honor of pinning Asante to LTJG onboard LAKE ERIE – and it is a memory I shall never forget.Make no mistake, Asante made a positive and everlasting impact on his Shipmates and his Navy. Asante’s passion, infectious smile and outgoing personality will never be forgotten.

Missing my friend, my shipmate and my little brother . . .I will never forget him!

LT Darnell “Gov” Harris
Vice President SDNNOA 2018-2019

LtCol Eric M. Lindsay, USMCR(Ret) – 2018

LtCol Eric M. Lindsay, USMCR(Ret), passed away suddenly on 28 July 2018. A member and past president of the “Mighty” Quantico Chapter, Eric made great strides in diversity recruiting and mentoring junior officers, keeping with the mission of our great organization.  His passion for the Marine Corps and diversity initiatives were apparent in all he did, directly contributing to the chapter winning national recognition, as well as the Marine Corps earning the Effie Award (in the African American category) for its national commercial, “Leap” in 2010.

He is survived by his loving children: Amanda, Elise and Eric Jr.; as well as siblings: Joyce, Donald, Michael and Ian (Tony).

A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, 3 August, 2018 at 10am at the Marine Corps Base Quantico Chapel.  Homegoing services will take place on Saturday, 4 August, 2018 at 1pm at Galilee United Methodist Church in Laurinburg, NC.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Eric’s name to the National Montford Point Marine Museum by clicking the following link: www.montfordpointmarines.org/national-museum/

Mrs. Bonita Kay Haney “Bonny” wife of ADM Cecil Haney – 2017

BONITA KAY HANEY “Bonny”

On Saturday, October 14, 2017.  Beloved wife of Cecil Haney; loving mother of Elizabeth, Thomas (Shervyse) and Joseph Haney.  She is also survived by her dear mother Freda Thompson; sister Penny Kriesch and niece Erin Burt; wonderful grandchildren TJ, Daniel, and Timothy; sisters-in-law Yvonne Coates and Yvette Morris (CV) and a host of other relatives and friends.  On Friday, October 27 visitation from 4 to 8 pm at the Borgwardt Funeral Home 4400 Powder Mill Road, Beltsville, MD.  On Saturday, October 28  at 11 a.m.service at Hillandale Baptist Church 2601 Powder Mill Rd. Adelphi, Maryland 20783.  Interment George Washington Cemetery in Adelphi, MD.  Arrangements by Borgwardt Funeral Home 301-937-1707.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc (https://ww5.komen.org).

LCDR Greg Hughes, USCG (Ret.) – 2017

LCDR Gregory Hughes’ funeral Will be held at Pope Funeral Home, off of Marlboro Pike in District Heights.

The address is: 5538 Marboro Pike, District Heights Maryland, 20747. The funeral will be on Saturday, October 7 at 11 AM. The viewing of the body will be from 9 AM until 11 AM before the funeral.

Mrs. Eulalee Maion Cordice Parham – 2017

Mrs. Eulalee Maion Cordice Parham – 2017

Mrs. Eulalee Marion Cordice Parham, the wife of the late Thomas David Parham Jr, – the Navy’s first African American Captain – passed away, July 24, 2017.

Called “a woman of faith, devoted wife and mother, and career art educator” in her obituary, Mrs. Parham was born Sept. 30, 1920 in Aurora, North Carolina. She and Capt. Parham were married for 55 years before he passed away in 2007. Here she is pictured with then Deputy Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, Vice Adm. Melvin G. Williams as he hands her the national ensign during a memorial service in honor of Capt. Parham. Parham was the first black man to achieve the rank of captain in the United States Navy.

During Capt. Parham’s distinguished years of service, he received 14 personal decorations including the Legion of Merit and the Meritorious Service Medal. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Cory Rose/RELEASED)

RADM Robert Toney, USN (Ret.) – 2016

RADM Robert Toney, USN (Ret.) – 2016

Rear Admiral Robert Toney, Retired, US Navy, life member and of one our NNOA visionaries passed away on Friday, November 4, 2016.

Rear Admiral Robert L. Toney was commissioned as an ensign in the United States Navy in 1957. Admiral Toney’s naval career spanned 34 years. He commanded four organizations with the Navy and received numerous honors and decorations including the Defense Meritorious Medal, the Navy Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, and the Vietnam Service Medal. He completed NATO Defense College in Rome, and the National and International Security Course at Harvard University. He holds honorary doctorates from National Defense University and Golden Gate University. Admiral Toney retired from the military in 1994 and moved from a life devoted to public service to a life devoted to community service. He has served on several boards including the California State University, Chico Advisory Board and President of the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce.

Funeral arrangements are pending. RADM Toney retired in the Northern California and was an active member of the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter up until his passing.   For funeral arrangements, e-mail CDR Adolph Keyes, USCG, RET, President of the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter at alkeyes@comcast.net.