Welcome to the Veterans Corner

CDR Ernie Taylor, USN (Ret)

Greetings and salutations to my NNOA shipmates! First, Thank You, for stopping on this page to check things out. Second, I’m introducing myself to some and reacquainting myself to others as the 2017-18 Veteran’s Representative on your NNOA Board of Directors. I’m Ernie Taylor, CDR, USN (Ret) and I am happy to be here and serve as your representative. As a Life Member, I have been in and around our organization for over 37 years serving at the national level as ERVP, Retiree/Reserve Rep as well as numerous leadership positions at the local level. To me, NNOA is family, and I’m excited to be back in a role that I can help strengthen and move our family members forward into the next millennium and beyond.

While our organizational mission and goals haven’t changed much over the years, our strategizes and methods to achieve them must be flexible, dynamic, diverse and forward thinking if we are to continue to be successful. As a young JO, I often wondered, what can I do to be successful? How can NNOA be successful? What can I do that benefits both to that end? Having been retired

for 20 years now, I find those same questions relevant.  Over the years though, a few things have changed. In 1980, I’m willing to bet, almost every Black officer could name every Black Flag or General officer in their respective sea service and possibly every 0-6 in their warfighting community. Not true today, and that’s a good thing. I say, some of NNOA successes. While NNOA still provides the opportunity for JO’s to interact with senior leadership (minority and non-minority), I personally think NNOA can be the “brain-trust” of minority sea service officers…and here is where YOU come in.

Every service member doesn’t stay until retirement, but when you do separate, you are a Veteran. Hence the name change from Retiree to Veteran’s Representative. As a civilian we have opportunities and options to help the organization and it’s members, that active duty service members don’t. From being able to actively fund raise to being in management positions in corporate America. We are NNOA’s grandparents if you will. We can provide the assistance that supports and strengthens the organization because of our experience, wealth of knowledge and civilian status. If you’re still with me at this point in the article you know I’m preaching to the choir… Soooo let’s go and get more choir members and put a few the pews also! I will be working with local chapters but I need you to actively talk to your shipmates and make an effort to contact your local chapter or me, as we move forward for this year.

2017 NNOA STEM Youth Event

The National Naval Officers Association (NNOA) accepted applications for its Second Annual Youth Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics (STEM) Day event which occurred on July 26, 2017. The event offered unique opportunities to all San Diego community students to explore prospective careers fields within the sea services.


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Jacob Kaites


NNOA is an organization composed of active duty, reserve and retired officers, midshipmen and cadets, and interested civilians. The organization is sanctioned by the Secretaries of the Navy and Homeland Security.
The NNOA National Symposium, held annually, includes many hours of educational and professional development workshops, seminars, and exhibits designed to enhance the professional knowledge of attendees while increasing overall awareness of issues affecting the sea services.

Want your organization or event added to the NNOA website? Contact CDR Ernie Taylor, USN (Ret.) 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.

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