Coast Guard Bids Farewell to NNOA Member After Nearly 30 Years of Military Service


WASHINGTON (June 14, 2017) Capt. Jason Merriweather, a longtime member of Washington, D.C. Chapter of the National Naval Officers Association (DC NNOA), retired from the Coast Guard during a ceremony at the Fort Lesley J. McNair Officers Club, June 14.

Merriweather, a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, graduated from Hampton University in 1992 with a degree in Accounting. In addition, he received a master’s degree in Quality Systems Management from the National Graduate School in 2005.

Merriweather enlisted into the Coast Guard via the Minority Officer Recruiting Effort (MORE) program in 1991. He received his commission in 1992 from Officer Candidate School (OCS) in Yorktown, Virginia.  His last duty assignment in the Coast Guard before retirement was Chief, Office of Military Personnel at USCG Headquarters in Washington, DC.

Vice Adm. Sandra L. Stosz, Deputy Commandant for Mission Support, U. S. Coast Guard, presided over Merriweather’s retirement ceremony.

Other notable attendees were retired Coast Guard Rear Adm. Stephen and Mrs. Shirley Rochon, retired Navy Rear Adm. Sinclair Harris, Keith Washington, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Administration with the Department of Transportation, Coast Guard Rear Admirals Linda Fagan, Erica Schwartz, William Kelly and Mr. Albert Curry, as well as a host of other Flag Officers and SES members from the United States Coast Guard.

Merriweather’s daughters, mother, father, mother-in-law and numerous family members and friends joined him for the ceremony.

“We wish best wishes to Capt. Merriweather and his family for 26 years of distinguished service to our nation, as well as his service and support to the National Naval Officers Association,” said NNOA President, retired Navy Cmdr. Denise J. McCallaCreary.

Founded in 1972, the NNOA is comprised of officers from the U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Marine Corps. NNOA provides professional development and mentoring in an effort to recruit, promote, and retain minority officers in the sea services. It seeks to strengthen a diverse officer corps to enhance operational readiness in the sea services and has a long history of providing a positive image of the sea services in minority communities and educational institutions.

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