Veteran’s Day NNOA Church Visit Invitation

Rear Admiral and Mrs. Sinclair Harris US Navy Retired invite those in the DMV to join us for a Veteran’s Day NNOA Church Visit to the First Baptist Church of Vienna, VA, Senior Pastor Reverend Doctor Vernon C. Walton Our Pastor – First Baptist Church of Vienna, VA (  First Baptist Church of Vienna is the oldest church in the town of Vienna Virginia having been established in 1867 by African Americans Our History – First Baptist Church of Vienna, VA (  They have a vibrant and spiritually strong congregation that includes many retirees and their families.  One of our former DCNNOA scholarship winners is also a member of the church.

When: Sunday, November 5th at 10am
Where: 450 Orchard St. NW, Vienna, VA 22180
Who: Members of the NNOA and their families.
Dress: Please come in Service Dress Blues (or Equivalent) if possible but retirees can decide.

Please let me know if you will be able to join us  by emailing me at:

Very respectfully,
Sinclair Harris
RADM USN Retired
Immediate Past President, NNOA

248 years of Power, Presence and Protection

On 13 October 1775, the Continental Congress established what would become the United States Navy with a resolution, “that a swift sailing vessel, to carry ten carriage guns, and a proportionable number of swivels, with eighty men, be fitted, with all possible dispatch, for a cruise of three months, and that the commander be instructed to cruise eastward, for intercepting such transports as may be laden with warlike stores and other supplies for our enemies, and for such other purposes as the Congress shall direct.”

Beginning with one sailing ship, to the present fleet of approximately 470 active and reserve fleet ships, our Navy continues to control the sea lanes and provide that deterrent and quick response force world-wide.  However, the real strength of our Navy remains the diverse group of highly intelligent and professional individuals who come together to make our Navy the most lethal it’s ever been.

The National Naval Officers Association proudly toasts our Sailors, past and present, who are the foundation upon which our nation has built and sustained the preeminent sea-faring force and secured our nation’s many victories in the pursuit of life, liberty and the American way.

Happy 248th Birthday, Shipmates!

Breaking Generational Curses. Oct 2023

Breaking Generational Curses. Oct 2023

“What do you people mean by quoting this proverb about the land of Israel:

“‘The parents eat sour grapes,
    and the children’s teeth are set on edge’?

“As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign Lord, you will no longer quote this proverb in Israel.

Ezekiel 18:2-3

When the prophet Ezekiel uttered these words, he and his people were in Babylonian exile. The people believed they were suffering for the sins of the former generation. But what is interesting is that they were comfortable blaming their present predicament on their predecessors rather than taking responsibility for their current condition.

According to Ezekiel 18, God is just and punishes us according to our actions and does not hold us accountable for the actions of others. Therefore, the exiles cannot blame their circumstances on their predecessors. They must take responsibility for their actions. That is a bitter pill to swallow after wallowing in self-pity for years.

The phrase generational curse comes to mind. How often do we blame our parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents for how our lives turned out? Ezekiel 18 teaches us that we are judged according to our works, not the failures of those who came before us. We can break the negative cycles of the past by renewing our hearts and minds.

As a counselor, I have noticed two types of people: those who want to change their circumstances and those who wish to complain and not do the hard work to change. It is easy to blame others rather than hold ourselves accountable. But this text teaches us we have a choice: continue to play the blame-game or pick up our mats and walk away from excuses.

The choice is yours. Will you continue eating sour grapes and blaming others, or renew your heart and mind and walk into a better future? I suggest you walk it out.