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ZOOM: The Forgotten Kingdoms and Empires of Africa

Topic: Forgotten Kingdoms and Empires of Africa
Time: Mar 27, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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MOBILE, ALABAMA, 366094590
(251)221-3084, (251)221-3085
Senior Naval Science Instructor (SNSI) availability 1 August 2022 at WP Davidson High School. NJROTC certified applicants should be highly motivated Naval Officer in grades W-2 through O-6. Previous experience as SNSI and Commercial Bus Driver License (CDL) is applicant force multiplier. The unit averages 120 cadets and is one of three units in NJROTC Area 8 region currently approved for the 8th grade pilot program. Pilot 8th grade program has potential to grow unit to 3-instructor program in SY 2023-24. The unit is on Block Schedule and celebrated its 50th Golden Anniversary in 2019. Unit also enjoys exceptional national, state and local support. The position is a 11-month contract. The current Naval Science Instructor (NSI) is a highly experienced Coast Guard Chief Petty officer. Interested applicants should contact and submit resume to: Captain Tom Daniel, U.S. Navy (Retired), SNSI. Email: Office: (251) 221-3088; Cell: (850) 316-5244.”

Farewell Captain Lee T. Womack, Sr., USN (Ret.)

March 11, 1947 – March 9, 2021

It is with great sadness that I inform the members of NNOA about the passing of Captain Lee T. Womack, Sr., USN (Ret.). Captain Womack served as President of NNOA from 1993 to 1995.

Thank you to all of the NNOA members for their condolences. My family appreciates the support. Angela (Captain Womack’s daughter)


Temple & Sons, Service:  11:00 am, Friday March 19, Emmanuel Baptist Church, 2140 N. Kelley Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73111

It’s a private family service due to Corona Virus restrictions.



Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III, published his Message to the Force, which committed to ensuring that the Department develops the right people, priorities, and purpose of mission to continue to defend the Nation from enemies foreign and domestic.

Secretary Austin provided his top three priorities and specific areas of focus:

1. Defend the Nation
— Defeat COVID-19
— Prioritize China as the Pacing Challenge
— Address Advanced and Persistent Threats
— Innovate and Modernize the DoD
— Tackle the Climate Crisis

2. Take care of our people
— Grow our Talent
— Build Resilience and Readiness
— Ensure Accountable Leadership

3. Succeed through teamwork
— Join Forces with our Allies and Partners
— Work in Partnership with Our Nation
— Build Unity Within the DoD

Secretary Austin reiterated the need for resources matched to strategy, strategy matched to policy, and policy matched to the will of the American people.

The Secretary closed the message by thanking the women and men of the Department of Defense for their service to the country and commitment to the security of the Nation.

Black Lacrosse Stories: Syd “The Squid” Abernethy

(Photo Courtesy of The United States Naval Academy)

*This article is part of a month long series, Black Lacrosse Stories, that highlights Black players and coaches who have made an impact on our game, but may be lesser known to many younger players today.*

Everybody knows Jim Brown as being the first Black player to earn First Team All-American honors in DI lacrosse in 1957. But who was the second? The answer to that question would be Syd “The Squid” Abernethy who played at Navy from 1978-81 and earned the nickname “The Squid” for his signature head and shoulder fake.

A native of Annapolis, Md. and a product of Annapolis High School, where he played for Johns Hopkins alum Dave Roberts and was a high school All-American, Abernethy chose to stay home and follow his brother, Tom, down the street to the United States Naval Academy. While there, he played for Hall of Fame coach Dick Szlasa and despite following and playing with some of the best attackmen in Navy history, would leave a legacy of his own as one of the best at the position in program history.

During his freshman season in 1978, Navy went 11-3 and fell in the semifinals to Cornell. Abernethy didn’t see much clock and ended the season with just six points (4G/2A). But for the next three seasons he would start at attack for Navy and put numbers that still have him sitting as No. 12 all-time in career points in the history of Navy lacrosse.


Supporting the recruitment of a more diverse officer corps

Dear NNOA Shipmates,

Supporting the recruitment of a more diverse officer corps continues to be one of the three primary missions of the National Naval Officers Association (NNOA). Along with improving retention and supporting career development, NNOA is focused on providing support across the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, MARAD, NOAA, and USPHS in meeting their goals for a more inclusive and diverse force. Recently, the Chief of Navy Recruiting, RDML Dennis Velez reached out to NNOA requesting we help his recruiting commands in a near-term effort to attract more young men and women into commissioning programs. I ask that each of you redouble your efforts in advocating for our Sea Services with the young people you mentor and support. You may be serving as judges in Science Fair Competitions, mentoring students in STEM, or providing counsel about opportunities after high school. In whatever way you desire, please consider actively having the conversation with young people getting ready for college and their influencers (e.g., parents, teachers, etc.,).

Please reach out to guidance counselors at local schools in your area to see how best you can serve. You may also consider serving on our Recruiting and Accessions Committee. We are happy to host virtual mentoring sessions with your help. The primary contact is LCDR Koa Thomas, USN, at Several of our members are currently serving at Navy Recruiting Command. They are standing by to provide support.

Additionally, Navy Recruiting Command can provide informational material for parents, influencers, etc, and their diversity team is willing and able to travel anytime. Please reach out to CDR Howard Bryant at or CDR DJ Jackson at to request information or schedule Navy Recruiting support!

Now is a great time for NNOA to make an impact in support of our youth and our Sea Services.
Very respectfully,

RADM SM Harris, USN(Ret)

President, NNOA


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