Welcome to the Veterans Corner

NNOA Retired community,

Special thanks to RADM Sinclair Harris, USN (Ret), CAPT Mike Francis, USN (Ret), CDR Joe McMahon USN, (Ret), CDR Herlena Washington, USN (Ret) LCDR Tommy Johnson USN (Ret), and LCDR Bea Henderson USN (Ret) for their assistance with the 1st NNOA Retiree Session during the national conference.

As the 2016-2017 Board of Directors assume the helm, know that we are hard at work planning the NNOA National event calendar. If you are interested in presenting and/or volunteering in the 2017 retiree session please contact CDR Katrina Pringle.


CDR Katrina Pringle, USN (Ret.)

2017 NNOA STEM Youth Event

This event requires prolonged periods of walking and standing.

The National Naval Officers Association (NNOA) is accepting applications for its Second Annual Youth Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics (STEM) Day event on July 26, 2017. The event will offer unique opportunities to minority, disadvantaged and underserved community students to explore prospective careers in the fields of robotics and unmanned systems. Participants will observe the student built-and-designed robotic submarines featured in the 2017 International RoboSub Competition and meet scientists, researchers, and engineers from Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific (SSC Pacific), a recognized leader in autonomous unmanned systems.

This event will be held from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM at SSP Pacific TRANSDEC, 1800 Cabrillo Memorial Drive, San Diego, CA 92106. This NNOA STEM YOUTH event is open to all San Diego area students in grades 8 through 12.

Students will be mentored by military officers and STEM professionals, experience STEM within the space and sea service environment, and learn about military scholarships and training programs.

The NNOA STEM YOUTH DAY is happening in conjunction with the 2017 NNOA Professional Development Symposium at the Admiral Kidd Catering Conference Center, San Diego, CA July 2627, 2017.

To learn more about the International RoboSub Competition please visit: http://www.robonation.org/competition/robosub

Want your organization or event added to the NNOA website? Contact CDR Katrina Pringle at retired-rep@nnoa.org

The National Naval Officers Association (NNOA) is pleased to announce the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Outreach initiative to promote awareness of these specialties within the sea services to students, educators, and the public.

In an era of decreased college enrollment in STEM related programs and an increasing global demand for a STEM competent workforce, it is NNOA’s belief that a strategically executed community outreach plan that includes ongoing mentorship, scholarship assistance, and tailored activities will generate and sustain interest in STEM curriculum and sea service careers.

Mission– The STEM Outreach Initiative was created by the National Naval Officers Association in 2015 to unify the voice of the organization in its community engagement efforts and its promotion of sea service careers by providing collaborative opportunities for invested organizations.

Vision-To leverage the collective expertise of the NNOA active duty, retired, and reserve membership along with STEM focused organizations to raise awareness and increase the applicant pool of eligible STEM and sea service candidates.

It is our hope than events like the STEM Outreach Day during the NNOA National Conference will stimulate conversation, facilitate mentorship opportunities, and serve as a gateway to increase naval scholarship submissions, and career planning that includes military service.

In assessing the needs of the sea services and the country at large, I have focused my efforts on the replacement workforce challenges facing our country. As you well know, huge gaps are occurring in several career fields as baby boomers continue to transition out of the workforce, especially in the Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math (STEAM) related areas.  NNOA is working to identify established organizations willing to partner with NNOA to address this growing need.

If you are actively involved in a STEM and/or STEAM project on behalf of NNOA or a potential partner organization, please forward that organization’s information to your local chapter president for consolidation by the regional vice presidents.

Robotics is a field that relies on a wide range of skills and expertise.  From engineering, physics and programming to production, marketing and business development there is truly something for everyone.  In an industry that thrives on innovation, growth opportunities are endless.

So while we have provided a few resources below, we hope this is a starting point – one of many stops on your journey into a career in robotics.  Stay engaged.  Keep learning.  Most importantly, be excited!


Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Scholars Program High School, undergraduate, graduate


Army Educational Outreach Program

AUVSI Career Center

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)



MATE (Marine Advanced Technology Education)


Monterey Bay Aquarium Internship Opportunities

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Special Programs Undergraduate, graduate, recent graduate

Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program (NREIP) Undergrad & graduate students at 4 year institutions are eligible.

Northrop Grumman

SAE International

Science & Engineering Apprenticeship Program (SEAP) High School Students



Student Educational Employment Program (SEEP) – Now PATHWAYS Interns, Recent Graduates, and Presidential Management Fellows

US Naval Academy STEM Camp

National Black Data Processing Associates (BDPA)

Women of Color STEM Conference

National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)

Best Buy Foundation

Siemens Discovery Education

Black Girls Code:

The National Museum of Natural History at http://naturalhistory.si.edu/VT3/

A personal tour through the solar system by three of today’s leading astrophysicists. http://www.solarsystemscope.com

Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institute of Oceanography, San Diego http://aquarium.ucsd.edu/Plan_a_Visit/virtual_tour/

Constitution Day at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, PA with Judge Majorie O.Rendell

Defined STEM
National Black Data Processing Associated (BDPA)

Education Week

Weekly webinars from the Committee for Children.