The HistoryMakers 20@2020: 20 Days and 20 Nights

The HistoryMakers 20@2020: 20 Days and 20 Nights

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The History Makers Project of recording and capturing “African Americans Legends and History,” will be celebrating their 20th Anniversary throughout the month of December 2020. The topics and coverage is simply “spectacular,” with a vast array of African-American Topics, which will be presented on their YouTube channel.

NNOA Historian, Roosevelt “Rick” Wright, Jr., Ph.D., Capt., USNR (ret), will appear, representing NNOA, on December 10, 2020, with members of The History Makers Military Advisory Committee, where the topic will be, “Valor in the face of Racism in the U. S. Military,” featuring General Vincent Brooks, Jr., USA(ret), and hosted by CBS, 60 Minutes, Bill Whitaker.

The 20th anniversary celebration- The HistoryMakers 20@2020: 20 Days and 20 Nights- starts this coming Tuesday, December 1, 2020 and runs through Sunday, December 20, 2020.

NOTE from The HistoryMakers


We are so pleased by your response. 1,800 of you have indicated that you will be tuning in over a 20 day period to our Youtube Channel. For us, that is exciting. But we need you subscribe to The HistoryMakers Youtube Channel using the following link: That way, you will receive automatic reminders.


We have assembled a rock star group of presenters. Everyone who tunes in will learn a great deal. The evenings will give a year by year inside look into the building of The HistoryMakers organization in addition to the streaming of our signature An Evening With…programs. Click on the following link to learn more:

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.

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  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

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.”