CAPT Sandi Pollard, USN (Ret) – NNOA Visionary and Life Member – 2019

CAPT Sandi Pollard, USN (Ret) – NNOA Visionary and Life Member – 2019

Service for CAPT Pollard, NC, USN (Ret.) is as follows:


Open Visitation
Thursday, 4 April 2019, from 1500-2000
Metropolitan Funeral Services
120 W Berkley Ave, Norfolk, VA 23523
Phone: (757) 494-1800

Funeral Service
Friday, 5 April 2019, at 1000
The Basilica of Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception
232 Chapel St, Norfolk, VA 23504

Friday, 5 April 2019, at 1200
Metropolitan Funeral Services
Great Room
120 W Berkley Ave, Norfolk, VA 23523
Phone: (757) 494-1800

Cards, etc.
CAPT Pollard’s sister
Ms. Edna Garrison
1 Makefield Rd.
Apt. #C89
Morrisville, PA 19067

TRIBUTES (Click to expand)

Chaplain Kimberly Cain

“When The Ancestors Sleep”
Chaplain Kimberly Cain
Naval Station Norfolk Deputy Command Chaplain

Former NNOA National Chaplain

“Then David slept with his ancestors, and was buried in the city of David. The time that David reigned over Israel was forty years; he reigned seven years in Hebron, and thirty-three years in Jerusalem.” So Solomon sat on the throne of his father David; and his kingdom was firmly established. 1 Kings 2:10-12

Dearest NNOA Family & Friends,

It is with a heavy heart that I offer my deepest condolences and words of solace in the recent loss of a stalwart member and founder Ret. Captain Sandy Pollard. In her third book, “A letter to my daughter” Phenomenal Woman and Poet Laureate, Dr. Maya Angelou wrote,“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them. Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud. Do not complain. Make every effort to change things you do not like. If you cannot make a change, change the way you have been thinking. You might find a new solution. Never whine. Whining lets a brute know that a victim is in the neighborhood.” This powerful statement is the epitome of Retired Captain Sandy Pollard’s influence upon my life and the lives of so many that she touched. Her finger prints are gracefully etched throughout the span of my Naval career, my personal life, the lives of my daughters and so many others. She is the one who time after time breathed life into a dying or hopeless situation. I cannot recall a time when I did not see her smiling or having an encouraging word. Just this past Tuesday evening, at our monthly Tidewater Chapter NNOA meeting she was present and contributed with the same level of passion and enthusiasm for her beloved NNOA. I wish that we could all bring that level of gracious love to our organization! CAPT Pollard is a titan in our timeline! May we continue her trailblazing legacy as she now sleeps with the ancestors. When David was anointed King, there was strife between the “anointed” King David and the people’s “chosen” King Saul. What God “anoints”, God also firmly established. NNOA is forever “established” by the testimony of our ancestors! Especially those who now sleep like The Golden Thirteen, Phyllis Mae Dailey, Jesse LeRoy Brown, John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. Those whose lives have irrevocably transformed the life & legacy of one who now sleeps with the ancestors, Ret. CAPT Sandy Pollard. May we always speak your great name.

Rev. Kimberly Cain, LCDR, CHC, USN

Ed Gantt, CAPT, USN (Ret.)

I was really shocked to hear of CAPT Sandy Pollard’s passing a few days ago.  Sandy was such a big part of the National Naval Officer’s Association.  Since meeting her at an NNOA annual conference back in 1979, I don’t think I have ever been to an NNOA conference where Sandy was not working either with registration or membership, or in some capacity to help the conference go smoothly.

At that 1979 NNOA Conference in Washington, DC, I was an Ensign with less than two years on active duty and attending my second NNOA Conference.  I think Sandy had just transferred from the Naval Hospital at Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico, to the Naval Hospital at Portsmouth, VA.  With her staunch support of NNOA (only seven years old at that time), Sandy made such a positive impression on me that I tried to follow in her footsteps supporting NNOA.  

I was equally impressed that as a Lieutenant Commander back then, Sandy knew every one of the Black Admirals and senior officers; the people I had read about as the trailblazers in this Navy.  Granted, we’re talking about only four or five Admirals and about 30 Black Captains on active duty at that time, but she knew them all, by name.  More importantly, they all seemed to know her too.

Later, when I served as NNOA Chapter President for three years in Tidewater, Sandy was always one of our more-dedicated chapter members.   Each year, she was the head of one of our committees, activities, or our scholarship program, or our professional development.  So many officers sat down after a year or two of intense dedication, suffering from (or claiming) burn-out.  But Sandy never slowed down, and definitely never stopped working for NNOA, locally and nationally.

I remember Sandy Pollard at the NNOA Registration desk, checking us in at some annual conference somewhere.  Pick a city, pick a year, pick an NNOA conference…Sandy Pollard was a consistent presence.

Sandy will be missed tremendously.  But I will remember Sandy Pollard.  I’m sure that most of you will as well.

Ed Gantt, CAPT, USN (Ret.)


On Friday, MARCH 22, 2019, longtime Washington, DC Chapter National Naval Officer Association (DCNNOA) member CAPT Pamela S. Theorgood, SC, USN was relieved by CAPT Chad B. Burke, SC, USN as Commander, Defense Contract Management Agency Manassas, Virginia. The Change of Command Ceremony was held at the Lincoln Auditorium at the Westfields Marriot Washington Dulles in Chantilly, Virginia. Introductory remarks were provided by CAPT William B. Stevens SC, USN Commander, Defense Contract Management Agency Eastern Region. Notable officials in attendance included ADM (Ret) Cecil Haney, USN, ADM (Ret) Mark E. Ferguson III, USN, RADM (Ret) Althea H. “Allie” Coetzee, SC, USN, NNOA National President RADM (Ret) Sinclair Harris, USN, and DCNNOA Vice President CAPT Gary Powe, SC, USN. CAPT Theorgood’s family was in attendance including her husband Clyde, son LCPL Tyrik Theorgood, USMC, mom Ms. Karen Davis, and countless other family members and friends. CAPT Theorgood is a native of Pennsylvania and has earned a BS in Finance from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. CAPT Theorgood also holds a Master’s in Business Administration from the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, California and holds a Master’s in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. CAPT Theorgood’s decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (2), Navy Commendation Medal (5), Navy Achievement Medal (4), and various other unit and campaign awards.

CAPT Theorgood next assignment is with the staff of Commander, Naval Surface Force in San Diego, California. Following the Change of Command ceremony a reception was held.

Best wishes and a “Hearty Well Done” is forwarded to CAPT Theorgood and her family from the Executive Board and members of the Washington, DC Chapter of the National Naval Officers Association!

Orion M. Kidd, Sr – Son of CAPT Don Flowers, USN (Ret.)

Orion M. Kidd, Sr – Son of CAPT Don Flowers, USN (Ret.)

Condolences to our CAPT Don Flowers, USN (Ret.) for the loss of his son Orion M. Kidd, Sr.  CAPT Don Flowers, USN (Ret), is a long time member of NNOA who served as the Western Region VP and Symposium Chair.

Funeral arrangements for family and friends are as follows:

*April 1, 2019 – Viewing

Wiggins-Knipp Funeral Home
524 Capitol Street
Vallejo, CA 94590
3:00 pm – 6:30pm, Viewing of Body
6:30 pm – 8:00pm, An opportunity for Family & Friends to provide Comments and/or Reflections on the Life of Orion Kidd, Sr.

*April 2, 2019 – Funeral Service & Repast

Union Baptist Church
128 Encerti Ave
Vallejo, CA 94589
11:00 am, Funeral Service

Repast immediately following the Funeral Service at the church

*April 3, 2019 – Burial

Sacramento Valley National Cemetery
5810 Midway Road
Dixon, CA. 95620
10:30am, Burial

Retirement Ceremony for CAPT (Ret) Wilbert R. Bynum, SC, USN

On Friday, March 15, 2019, longtime NNOA member and DCNNOA member CAPT (Ret) Wilbert R. Bynum, SC, USN held his Retirement Ceremony at the Pat Thompson Center in Millington, Tennessee.  CAPT Bynum is a native of Tupelo, Mississippi.  He was commissioned through the Naval Reserve Training Corps (NROTC) program at Southern University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics while minoring in Physics.  He also earned a Master’s Degree from Troy State University and completed executive training at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and joint professional military education at the Joint Forces Staff College.  CAPT Bynum served 30 years in the Navy in a variety of sea and shore assignments.  At sea, his assignments included: Supply Officer, USS GEORGE H. W. Bush (CVN 77); Assisatant Supply Officer, USS NIMITZ (CVN 68); and Supply Officer, USS FLATLEY (FFG 21) and Disbursing and Sales Officer, USS MARVIN SHIELDS (FF 1066).

Captain Bynum’s previous shore assignments included: Commanding Officer, NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center, Jacksonville, FL; Assistant Commander for Corporate Operations (N1/N5), Naval Supply Systems Command Headquarters; Director of Logistics (J4), Combined, Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa; Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff Logistics, Fleet Supply & Ordnance, U.S. Pacific Fleet; and Chief of Staff for Logistics U.S. Naval Forces, Marianas; and Assistant Supply Officer, Naval Support Activity, New Orleans.  CAPT Bynum currently serves as Director, Detailing Division for the Naval Supply Systems Command, Office of Supply Corps Personnel in Millington, TN.

CAPT Bynum is a Joint Qualified Officer and member of the Navy Acquisition Community.  CAPT Bynum is dual warfare qualified as a Naval Aviation Supply Officer and a Surface Warfare Supply Corps Officer.

His military decorations include the following: Legion of Merit (three awards), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards) and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.  The Guest Speaker for CAPT Bynum’s Retirement Ceremony was RADM (Ret) Vincent Griffith, SC, USN.  The Presiding Officer for the ceremony was CAPT Kerry Pearson, SC, USN and the Master of Ceremony was CAPT Milton Troy, SC, USN.  CAPT Bynum was joined in the ceremony, by his wife Jen, daughters  Courtney, Serena and Milo, Mother Mrs. Jimmia Bynum, longtime family friend Mr. Robert Fields and numerous other family members and friends.

As in true Navy tradition the ceremony was “superb”!  “Best Wishes” are forwarded to CAPT Bynum and his family for 30 years of distinguished service to this nation and the United States Navy from all his friends and colleagues within the National Naval Officers Association!