Please submit your announcement requests no later than 30 days prior to the event. Announcements from and about financial members of the NNOA are given priority.

NNOA Jacksonville Chapter MLK Virtual Celebration – 1-15-2021

You are cordially invited to attend the 34th Annual Martin Luther King Breakfast on Friday, January 15, 2021. The event will be virtual and registration is FREE!
Our panelists include City of Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry, Superintendent of Duval County Public Schools and 2021 Florida Superintendent of the Year Dr. Diana Greene, UF Health CEO Dr. Leon Haley and United Way of Northeast Florida President and CEO Michelle Braun. The event will be hosted and moderated by Joy Purdy from News4Jax and Anthony Austin from First Coast News.
For any additional questions, please contact LCDR (ret.) Paul Nix at

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Commemorative Program

Come Join Us for the
2021 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Virtual Program
on Thursday, January 14, 2021,
Via Zoom
1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (ET)
Keynote Speaker, Rear Admiral Julius S. Caesar USN (Ret.)
Ephraim and Ebban Dorsey, Youth Artists and Musicians Extraordinaire
And So Much More!
CMS (OEOCR) and BIG in Partnership!


The CMS Chapter of Blacks in Government
And The
Office of Equal Opportunity and Civil Rights
Invites You To The
2021 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Virtual Program

The 2021 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Program will be held virtually via Zoom on Thursday, January 14, 2021, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (ET). The program is free this year! The program will feature musical selections by two dynamic youth artists – Ebban and Ephraim Dorsey and Keynote Speaker, Rear Admiral Julius S. Caesar USN (Ret.). The program will begin promptly at 1:30 p.m. (ET).

Thursday, January 14, 2021
1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (ET)
Zoom Link
Closed Captioning Link

For additional information, please contact Alethia Lucky, President, CMS Chapter of Blacks In Government, at (410) 786-6641 or Rachena Webb, MLK Program Chairperson, at (410) 786-4315. You may also send an email directly to the CMS Chapter of Blacks In Government.

Sign Language interpreters will be provided. If you require additional reasonable accommodations, please contact Yolanda Johnson, Employee Resource Group Coordinator, Affirmative Employment Group, Office of Equal Opportunity and Civil Rights, at (410) 786-9377. Prior supervisory approval is required if attending during work hours.

2021 CNO Naval History Essay Contest

Here is a chance to stretch your intellectual muscles and expand your CV.

The 2021 CNO Essay contest is now underway.  Members of the Navy, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, and Merchant Marine are eligible to submit papers.

The CNO’s intent is to engage and leverage the intellectual talents of the members of the U.S. maritime services (i.e., the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard as well as the Merchant Marine) to provide insights and catalyze discussion on how to establish and maintain maritime superiority in an era of great power competition.

The rules for entrant eligibility in both categories have changed.  Essays will be accepted from entrants qualified in the Professional Category or the Rising Category.

a.  Professional Category:
       (1) Historians, professors, history curators, archivists, and persons with history-related doctoral degrees;
       (2) Authors of books on naval history (not including self-published works); or
       (3) Civilians who have published articles in an established historical or naval journal or magazine.

b.  Rising Category:  Those that do not fall in the Professional Category and are either:
       (1) Active duty, reservists, veterans, and federal civilian personnel of the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and Merchant Marine; or
       (2) Members of foreign militaries that have orders and are serving in an official billet in one of the above Services.

There is also a cash prize (courtesy of USNI). (Note: cash prizes of co-authors will be split equally):
       (1) First Place – $5,000 (both categories);
       (2) Second Place – $2,500 (both categories);
       (3) Third Place – $1,500 (Rising Category only).

More information about the contest can be found below.  Please let me know if you have any questions about it.

If you require more information, please contact K. Denise Rucker Krepp Director, Director’s Action Group (DAG), Naval History and Heritage Command at

Very Respectfully,
SM Harris, RADM USN Retired
President, NNOA

Farewell Captain Percy O. Norwood, USCG Retired, 1995 President of NNOA

Called home on NOVEMBER 27, 2020!

“It is with great sadness that I inform the members of NNOA about the passing of Captain Percy O. Norwood, USCG Retired. Captain Norwood served as President of NNOA from 1995 to 1996. A great leader and mentor to many in the Guard and NNOA. Please keep all the family of Captain Norwood in your prayers and thoughts.”

Honoring Captain Norwood, USCG (Ret.)


Thanks for the update.  An honorable man and officer. Will miss him and his input into the NNOA. God Bless Him and family.

LCDR R West A founder for NNOA…


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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Congratulations to LT Tanesha Green-Baker – 2020 Blacks In Government (BIG) Meritorious Service Award Recipient

LT Tanesha Green-BakerNNOA is extremely proud of our very own, LT Tanesha Green-Baker, the Coast Guard’s recipient of the 2020 Blacks in Government (BIG) Meritorious Service Award. She continues to distinguished herself as a leader of diversity and inclusion initiatives across the sea services, including her role as the Chair of our JO Advisory Panel.

While balancing her demanding primary duties as a strategic intelligence analyst at the Intelligence Coordination Center (ICC), Washington, D.C, she spearheaded several outreach events including two College Student Pre-Commissioning Initiative (CSPI) recruitment engagements at recognized Historically Black Colleges and Universities. During these events, she promoted Coast Guard career opportunities to a diverse audience of more than 500 current and prospective college students. Serving as a White House Social Aide at 17 high visibility Presidential events, she represented the Coast Guard, positively engaging with more than 6,000 guests and senior government leaders. In addition to her primary duties at ICC, LT Green-Baker volunteered to chair her unit’s Leadership & Diversity Advisory Council; in this capacity, she led monthly leadership conferences and discussed climate concerns with senior leaders. LT Green-Baker was also recognized with the 2019 National Naval Officers Association (NNOA) Distinguished Service Award for her numerous contributions and exceptional performance.

She will be officially recognized during the BIG Virtual Military Meritorious Service Award Ceremony on Wednesday, September 9, 2020.


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