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CNA’s Inclusive National Security series, on September 10

The final FY21 event in CNA’s Inclusive National Security series, on September 10. The series is an initiative dedicated to fostering discussions on inclusivity in national security among the community of national security professionals who are exploring the implications of structural biases in their work. Please find additional information below, including a link to register.

Dear Colleague,

We are excited to invite you and your network to our September #InclusiveNatSec event: Racism and National Security on September 10th from 1:00-2:15pm EDT. This event, which will be held via Zoom, will feature keynote speaker Dr. Keisha Blain, Associate Professor of History at the University of Pittsburgh, co-author of the New York Times Bestseller Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019, and co-author of The Charleston Syllabus.

Dr. Blain is an award-winning historian of the 20th century United States with broad interests and specializations in African American History, the modern African Diaspora, and Women’s and Gender Studies. She has published extensively on race, gender, and politics in both national and global perspectives.

The event will be moderated by Dr. Pauline Shanks Kaurin, Stockdale Chair in Professional Military Ethics at the US Naval War College.

Please follow the link below to register. After submitting your RSVP, you will receive a confirmation with login details for the event. This event will be recorded and available to access online.

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2021 Lone Sailor Awards Program

2021 Lone Sailor Awards Program

2021 Lone Sailor Awards Program
Register Today!

Watch the LIVE broadcast on September 23rd at 7:00 PM ET

The 2021 Lone Sailor Awards Program honors Sea Service veterans who have excelled with distinction in their careers during or after their service. Registration is open, so sign up now to join this prestigious event!

WHAT: Lone Sailor Awards Program

WHEN: Thursday, September 23, 2021, 7 PM Eastern


BPM Global 100 Leading Black Professionals

BPM Global 100 Leading Black Professionals

The BPM Global 100 Leading Black Professionals recognition is an integral element of Black Professionals Month. BPM will select 100 leading black professionals worldwide with substantial accomplishments, significant leadership, and positive impact within their organization and industry. This recognition is based on professional merit and is NOT fee-based.

There are two (2) categories of recognition for the BPM Global 100 Leading Black Professionals:

  • Seasoned Leaders: Highly accomplished black professionals over age 40 in senior leadership roles with broad and deep scopes of responsibility that contributes
    significantly to the organization’s success
  • Emerging Leaders: Highly talented and upwardly mobile black professionals between 25-40 who have demonstrated extraordinary potential for achieving senior leadership roles and becoming luminaries in their profession

Deadline for nominations is September 12.

BPM Nomination Overview


Vice Admiral Edward Moore, USN Retired receives the Laurel Wreath Award

Vice Admiral Edward Moore, USN Retired receives the Laurel Wreath Award

NNOA Life Time member Vice Admiral Edward Moore, USN Retired has been selected to receive the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity’s highest award, the Laurel Wreath Award.  The Laurel Wreath is bestowed to members of Kappa Alpha Psi who have demonstrated extra-meritorious achievements that are national or international in scope.  VADM Moore has been a mentor, coach and advocate to many of us in NNOA.

On behalf of the members of NNOA, I send our most sincere Bravo Zulu to VADM Moore for this most significant recognition.

S.M. Harris, RADM USN Retired/President NNOA


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RMKS/1.  To our Sailors, Marines, civilian employees, and their families and loved ones:
Today, together, we again embrace the most sacred duty  defending our nation  and working to build a world more defined by peace than conflict.
I join you as someone who loves the Navy who spent 26 years in uniform and  another 17 striving to make sure you had the capabilities you needed to fulfill your mission effectively and safely.  Serving you as your 78th Secretary of the Navy is a high honor.  It also carries grave responsibilities to which I will dedicate all my skill and devotion.

You should also know I have a bias for action. Our Navy and our nation face critical challenges on multiple fronts.

Like Secretary Austin, I view our most pressing challenges as the four Cs – China, Culture, Climate, and Covid, and we need the resources and  capabilities to address each now. China is determined to reduce our military superiority.  We will not let this happen.  We will deter China’s aggression,  protect our national security, and preserve the peace.  Our determination,  our skill, and our courage will demonstrate our strength and conviction.  Culture comes down to one goal.  Every Sailor and Marine of all races, genders, religions, and ethnicities must treat one another with dignity and  respect.  This is not just about doing the right thing.  It is about ensuring our Navy and Marine Corps will be the most talented, most combat ready, most committed force possible.  Climate change exacerbates every challenge we face, from naval installations  to frequent deployments.  It is also a global struggle for resources that demands ingenuity and innovation.  It demands solutions that mitigate climate damage while ensuring our operational success and competitive edge. Lastly, we must combat Covid.  This means we must continue to vaccinate our naval forces with expedience.  If we are not vaccinated, we are neither deployable nor combat ready.  Immediately, the Navy and Marine Corps will make every effort to vaccinate and care for our force and defeat the scourge Covid has inflicted on our troops.

Both our nation’s security and your success as Sailors and Marines require your enthusiastic, unwavering commitment.  We will succeed or fail together.  Accordingly, with a leadership ethos forged as a Destroyer Captain, I will strive to be direct and transparent with you about what we need to accomplish together. Please know your safety and welfare will always be paramount to me, and I will work tirelessly with you to meet the challenges that lie ahead. To do this, we must possess the resources needed to expand our capabilities.  I will make that my top priority.  I am committed to ensuring you have the tools and training you need to succeed.  Just as I am committed to confronting our maintenance backlog, managing our operational requirements, and building our Navy of the future.

When I began my Navy career over 40 years ago, as a midshipman at the U.S. Naval Academy, I looked up to then Secretary of the Navy Edward Hidalgo.  Like me, he was an immigrant to this nation and, like me, his experience taught him why the world needs a strong U.S. Navy.  Most of all, I understood that while I served our nation, he also served me. The same is true today.  I am your Secretary of the Navy focused on your and our collective promise to our Constitution and nation. We will succeed together.  It has never been more important that we do.

Finally, a personal note.  My wife Betty and I well understand the sacrifices  your loved ones make and how crucial they are to our success.  We are both honored to be back once again working shoulder-to-shoulder with you.  We look forward to getting out to the fleet and meeting you all soon.

Full Speed Ahead.

2.  Released by the Honorable Carlos Del Toro, Secretary of the Navy.//