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Women, Peace, and Security: Cross-regional challenges and opportunities – Dec 2

Women, Peace, and Security: Cross-regional challenges and opportunities – Dec 2

CNA online discussion on 2 December at 1100-1200 EST about “Women, Peace, and Security: Cross-regional challenges and opportunities.”

We’ll examine developments in the Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) agenda by exploring issues and themes across Africa, Asia, and Europe. Speakers will discuss WPS as it relates to a range of security challenges across these regions and will then consider opportunities for cooperation with allies and partners.

Speakers:
Major General Suzanne Vares-Lum, Mobilization Assistant to the Commander (J00MA), US Indo-Pacific Command;
ADM James G. Foggo III, US Navy (ret.), Former Commander, US Naval Forces Europe and Africa, and NATO Allied Joint Force Command Naples;
Ms. Julia McQuaid, Principal Research Scientist, Center for Stability and Development, CNA;
Ms. Nilanthi Samaranayake, Director, Strategy and Policy Analysis program, CNA.

Please RSVP to nilanthi@cna.org.  Details about virtual conferencing platform to follow shortly before the event. Discussion will be open to the public and on the record.

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CAPT Jason Birch, US Navy provides a unique and encouraging perspective in USNI PROCEEDINGS

CAPT Jason Birch, US Navy provides a unique and encouraging perspective in USNI PROCEEDINGS

REMAIN OPTIMISTIC ABOUT RACIAL AND GENDER PROGRESS
By Captain Jason Birch, U.S. Navy

Conversations about race are unnatural to many in special operations, but the flood of protests following George Floyd’s 25 May death in Minneapolis has sparked an uncomfortable discourse for many in our nation. Racist and sexist comments made in June by a U.S. Naval Academy graduate—a retired Navy captain—exposed how  important these conversations are for the Navy. His long-hidden sentiments struck a nerve with me, along with many in our proud Naval Academy alumni community.  These views held by a community leader call into question whether there is an undercurrent of sexism—or particularly racism—within the Navy and within the special operations community, of which I am a member.

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Year of the Captains & Colonels: CAPT Milton W. Troy, III, SC, USN

Year of the Captains & Colonels: CAPT Milton W. Troy, III, SC, USN

Message to NNOA President & Members:

“With over 25 years of service, the best advice I have been given was from a retired Master Chief from the Vietnam War era who happened to be an advisor at my NROTC Unit; “Everything in life is either a lesson or a blessing.”  Whether professionally or personally, approach every endeavor with that in mind so that you have the right perspective when facing a challenge head on.  Furthermore, in the words of Edgar Albert Guest from his famous poem, “See It Through,” it is important to always remember that when challenges come, “Running from it will not save you, See it through!”  In doing so, cultivate and leverage the connections made through trusted peers and mentors to help enhance your technical competence and revalidate the uncompromising character our Navy and our nation demand of you.  Finally, hold fast to your sources of inspiration that come from your family and your chosen spiritual path.  This form of mental wellness will keep you in fighting trim.  Cherishing all of these elements of my life have made all the difference.”

Capt. Milton Troy III (MBA ’02) buoys support-related training as a commanding officer in the U.S. Navy

Capt. Milton Troy III (MBA ’02) buoys support-related training as a commanding officer in the U.S. Navy

At age 15, Milton Troy III got a taste of his future. It happened under the hood of his first car, a gift from his dad — a $100 Mercury Bobcat, white with a baby-blue interior.

“It was the ugliest car I ever saw,” Troy remembers. “It had a hole in the floor, and the door never closed right. It wouldn’t go 20 miles without overheating, so I always had to carry water and anti-freeze. Once on a date, I had to stop a couple of times driving to the movie theater.”

Troy’s father wisely understood that a needy Bobcat would give his son some basic training in planning and preparation.

The lesson served Troy well.

Today, he’s in charge of all support-related training for the U.S. Navy.

NRC’s Diversity and Outreach Team Visits Washington

NRC’s Diversity and Outreach Team Visits Washington

201116-N-VS214-047 WASHINGTON, D.C. – Navy Recruiting Command’s Outreach and Diversity team travels to Washington, D.C. to spread the word about the Navy’s mission to increase its diversity. (U.S. Navy Video by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Zachary Eshleman/Released)