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The Elevation of Women in the Military


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One of my business colleagues, Ed Rule (President and CEO of Naval Systems, Inc. and retired Supply Corps Officer) shared his March Newsletter with me and I wanted to share it with NNOA.  In it, Ed highlights a few of the women role models we have been blessed with in our military.

The elevation of women in our military is clearly the most important change that I can recall in my 34 years of service.  It has made our military far more resilient, intelligent and ready.  The women highlighted in this newsletter are just a few examples of inspirational leadership in our military.

I hope all of the NNOA members will share their stories this Women’s History Month.

RADM Sinclair Harris, USN (Ret)
President NNOA

2022 USNA Alumni Leadership Forum

Special Invitation
2022 USNA Alumni Leadership Forum
April 29-30, 2022, Alumni Hall, Annapolis, MD

Forum Theme: “Leading in a Diverse and Complex Environment”

Purpose: To provide a continuous learning experience in sharpening leadership skills. Encourage career development and camaraderie, in keeping with the highest traditions, of the naval service and to provide financial support to USNA Admissions Programs.

Events:  Break Out Sessions, Midshipmen, Junior Officer, & Flag Officer Discussions, Industry & Career Panel, Entertainment, Gala Dinner

Registration Link:

Spread the Word! All Alumni, Shipmates, & Guests are welcome!


Julius S. Caesar RADM USN (Ret.)

U.S. Naval Academy Minority Association, 501(c)3

Farewall – LtCol Larry Hicks, USA

Dear NNOA Family,

It is with great sadness that I announce the sudden and unexpected passing of LTCol Larry Hicks, USA on 26 February 2022. Colonel Hicks was the husband of Captain Lynne Hicks, USN

Burial at Arlington Cemetery to be determined at a later date.

Larry Hicks Obituary (2022) – Fairfax, DC – The Washington Post

NNOA Scholarships & Recognitions Open

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Please circulate scholarship opportunities amongst your respective networks. To donate to any of the scholarships, please Click to Donate.  Additional scholarship opportunities and resources can be found at NNOA’s Education, Scholarships, and College Enrollment Resources Section (


NNOA NROTC Preparatory Program (NPP) Scholarship

Description: Awarded to student(s) who are accepted or attending Marion Military Institute, and will attend an NPP-designated school after completion of required course work. NPP partners with educational institutions (i.e., Marion Military Institute) to support prospective NROTC Midshipmen in developing a strong mental and physical foundation to prepare them for success in the NROTC program. Marion Military Institute is the nation’s oldest military junior college.

Award: 2 scholarships – $7,500

Apply Online

Suspense Date: 30 April of the award year

NNOA RDML (Ret.) Mack Gaston, USN Scholarship

Description: Awarded to HBCU affiliated College Program student(s) (non-scholarship NROTC student) pursuing STEM degree(s). The scholarship is in honor of RDML Mack Gaston who commanded three ships (2 destroyers and a cruiser), Defense Nuclear Agency, and Naval Training Center Great Lakes in his 31-year naval career.

Award: 1 scholarship – $1,000 (Tuskegee University) and 2 scholarships – $750 (all other HBCUs)

Apply Online

Suspense Date: 30 April of the award year

NNOA Dr. Olivia Hooker STEM Scholarship

Description: Awarded to the enlisted sea service member(s) accepted or attending a Minority Serving Institution, and will pursue or are pursuing STEM degree(s). The scholarship is in honor of Dr. Olivia Hooker who became the first African American woman to serve in the U.S. Coast Guard when she enlisted in the Coast Guard’s Semper Paratus Always Ready (SPAR) program in 1945.

Award: 2 scholarships – $500

Apply Online

Suspense Date: 30 April of the award year

For questions, please contact NNOA Scholarship Committee at

NNOA VADM Samuel L. Gravely, Jr., USN (NJROTC) Award

Description: Award is in honor of VADM Samuel Gravely, Jr. who was the first African American to achieve flag rank in the U.S. Navy and to command a U.S. Numbered Fleet.

Award: One (1) per school per academic year – certificate and NJROTC service ribbon

Apply Online

Suspense Date: 1 February to 30 April of the award year

For questions, please contact NNOA Recruiting and Accessions Committee at

NNOA HBCU NROTC / CSPI Honor Graduate Award

Description: Award recognizes HBCU NROTC/CSPI graduating, and soon to be commissioned, seniors who have demonstrated excellence in all areas of academic and military training.

Award: One (1) per unit or school or program (CSPI) per academic year – plaque and one (1) year NNOA membership

Apply Online

Suspense Date: 15 March of the award year

For questions, please contact NNOA Recruiting and Accessions Committee at

NNOA Logo Contest


The National Naval Officers Association (NNOA) is inviting members and non-members to participate in a NNOA Logo Contest.  The winning Artist will be awarded a Lifetime Membership and one 2022 Symposium registration to participate in all the events July 26-29 at our 50th Anniversary Symposium, in Annapolis, Maryland.

As we celebrate 50 years past and begin a new decade, our logo should represent NNOA’s objectives of diversity, equity, and inclusion in our sea services, and that we are “stronger together”.  If you think that our current logo still represents.

The deadline to submit entries is March 5, 2022. Logo submissions will be posted online at March 7-15, 2022, for voting. The winning logo will be revealed on our Facebook page March 19, 2022.


  • Proposed designs should:
    • Work well both horizontally and vertically
    • Look as good on a large banner as on a bookmark
    • Capture the spirit of NNOA
    • Include the name “NNOA” or “National Naval Officers Association” somewhere in the design
    • Designs with two to five colors that also look good in black and white are ideal



  • November 1 – Competition Launch / Registration opens
  • March 5 – Deadline for submission Due by Midnight PST
  • March 7-15 – eVoting at
  • March 19 – Winner Announced

Being Black in Today’s Navy: A VIRTUAL Intergenerational Panel Discussion

Feb 16th 2022 from 1200 to 1330 EST

Join this virtual program with the National Museum of the United States Navy About this event Join David Bass, Headquarters, Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, DC, as he moderates a panel discussion with active duty sailors on issues of equity as it relates to being African American in
today’s Navy. The panel crosses generational lines and synthesizes a diverse cross-range of opinions from varying individual experiences.
This pre-recorded Facebook Premier program will be broadcast on the NMUSN Facebook page on the date and time indicated above. If anyone has any problems accessing the museum’s Facebook page, please send an email to

Farewell Mrs. Mildred Brewer

Dear NNOA Family,

It is with great sadness that I send the news of Mrs. Mildred Brewer passing. Mrs. Brewer was the mother of one of our long time champions Vice Admiral David Brewer, US Navy, Retired.  Mrs. Brewer lived a very full and productive life and was less than a month from celebrating her 102nd birthday. Mrs. Brewer lived a life of purpose that included service as an elementary school teacher for almost 50 years. The Brewer family legacy of service continues in the scholarship foundation they established.

To commemorate her legacy, the Brewer Family will be asking those inclined to donate to a college scholarship & elementary school empowerment fund taught in four Title One schools. As soon as more details are available, we will pass them via NNOA social media and email.

Please join me in sending our prayers and thoughts to VADM David Brewer and his family.  

V/R, Sinclair Harris, RADM USN Retired, President, NNOA

Rear Admiral Annie Andrews, USN (Ret) retires from the Federal Aviation Administration

Annie B. Andrews

Assistant Administrator for Human Resource Management

Annie B. Andrews is the Assistant Administrator for Human Resource Management at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

With a mission: “We take care of the people who make it safe to fly,” the Office of Human Resource Management engages in strategic partnerships across the FAA to provide services for more than 45,000 federal personnel across the nation. Driven to provide innovative people services and strategic solutions in a changing world, Ms. Andrews is responsible for overseeing human resource programs, policies and operations including: personnel recruitment, retention, and accession; employee accountability, employee relations and labor relations; corporate learning and talent development; employee compensation, benefits, and work life; and workers compensation.

Under her executive leadership, her office has increased cross organization efficiencies by enacting a collaborative shared services model in the areas of workers compensation and learning management systems with other modes in the Department of Transportation; launching improved employee services systems in the Benefits Operations Center; and initiating efforts to ensure the future FAA workforce through its Strategic Workforce Planning and Succession Planning programs. She is also leading efforts to enhance the nation’s aviation workforce through STEM AVSED programming and initiatives to encourage growth in the numbers of women and youth in aviation. Her organization is also actively exploring the use of Robotic Process Automation and other efforts to streamline paperwork and processes.

A retired rear admiral, Ms. Andrews served for 32 years and was only the third African American female to achieve this rank in the United States Navy. Her distinguished naval career is highlighted by roles including: commander, Navy Recruiting Command, Millington, TN.; director, Navy Total Force Requirements, Washington, DC.; commanding officer of Boston Military Entrance Processing Station, Navy Recruiting District San Francisco, and Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes; Chief, Requirements Branch & Joint Manpower Planner for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Washington D.C.; Executive Assistant & Naval Aide to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Manpower & Reserve Affairs; and Senior Fellow on the Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group at the Naval War College.

Ms. Andrews holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Savannah State University, a Master of Science in Management from Troy State University, a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the College of Naval Command and Staff; she is also a graduate of the Armed Forces Staff College. She has been conferred honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from both Wilson College in Pennsylvania and Savannah State University.

Ms. Andrews serves as a Volunteer on the Board of Navy Federal Credit Union, Navy Marine Corps Coast Guard Residence Foundation, Savannah State University Foundation, and as an Advisor to the National Naval Officers Association.


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