NNOA proudly participated in Prairie View A&M University Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps’ (PVAMU NROTC) Historic 50th Year Anniversary at the Buffalo Soldier National Museum in Houston, Feb. 8.
On Dec. 15, 1967, then-Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara announced the Navy selected Prairie View A&M University to host the first
NROTC unit at a predominantly Negro university. The first class began in September, 1968. To date, more than 300 Navy and Marine Corps Officers have been commissioned.
CDR Ernie Taylor, USN (Ret), NNOA Veteran’s Representative read NNOA’s proclamation at the event. Also RDML Osie Combs, Jr, USN (Ret), a member of PVAMU NROTC’s second graduating class, was the keynote speaker.
Other attendees included CAPT Ken Hinson USN, SC, (Ret), PVAMU NROTC’s first Brigade Commander; CAPT Frank Jackson, USN (Ret), former Mayor of Prairie View, Texas; CDR Robert Dean, USN (Ret), a former CO/PNS PVAMU NROTC Unit; and CDR F Heyward, USN (Ret). All are alums of the PVAMU NROTC Unit.
More than 75 people attended the event.