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NNOA Jacksonville Chapter – Positively Jax Award Winner

NNOA Jacksonville Chapter – Positively Jax Award Winner

Positively Jax Award Winner

Joining me now is Herlena Washington with the National Naval Officers association, Jacksonville Chapter…AND Jim Moyer with Fields Auto Group to present our Positively Jax Award.

Congrats once again to you and the members of your organization for being our Positively Jax Award winners this month. Thank you so much for making a difference in the community.  In this day and age when so much of the news is negative it is refreshing for me to tell a story about people who are helping change lives.

Bruce Hamilton

News Anchor, WJXT Channel 4

“Diversity is about saving Marines’ lives, not political correctness.” Commandant says.


The Marine Corps needs to become more diverse in order to save Marines’ lives, Corps Commandant Gen. David Berger said on Wednesday.

“I am absolutely convinced: Too much similarity – too much that we look all the same, think the same, got the same background – we’re going to get killed because we’re going to end up with solutions that we’re all familiar with but they’re easy to counter,” Berger said during the Marine Corps Association’s annual Modern Day Marine expo.


Joint Training Session hosted by NNOA and ANSO

Joint Training Session hosted by NNOA and ANSO

Anso - NNOAJoin our conversation with CAPT Roy Love, USN as he shares his thoughts on racism and colorism.

Date: September 30, 2020
Time: 8PM EST on ZOOM

Zoom Access Link:   https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85263497449


View Bio for Capt. Roy Love

Capt. Roy Love was born and raised in the Dominican Republic and moved to the United States in 1983.  He graduated from Townsend Harris HS in New York City, and then enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1988, attended the Broadened Opportunity for Officer Selection and Training (BOOST) Program in San Diego California in 1989, and graduated from the State University of New York, Maritime College, where he earned a Bachelor Degree in Marine Transportation.  He received his NAVAL commission in 1993 as a Surface Warfare Officer.

His sea duty assignments include Communications Officer and Ordnance Officer aboard USS GALLERY (FFG 26) (1993-1995); Damage Control Assistant aboard USS CAPE ST GEORGE (CG 71)(1995-1997); Combat Systems Officer aboard USS STEPHEN W GROVES (FFG 32)(2000-2001)Combat Systems Officer and Force Protection Officer for Commander Destroyer Squadron 26 (2002-2004); Fleet Scheduler, and Assistant Fleet Navigator for Commander Seventh Fleet in Yokosuka Japan (2005-2006), and Executive Officer aboard USS JOHN L HALL (FFG29) (2007-2008).

Ashore, he served as Maritime Prepositioned Forces (MPF) Officer for COMNAVBEACHGROUP TWO (1997-2000).  He attended the Naval War College in Newport Rhode Island, where he earned a Master of Arts Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies, and completed his Joint Professional Military Education in 2008.

Following his tour at the Naval War College, he deployed to Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom on an Individual Assignment in support of the ARMY 304th Sustainment Brigade stationed at Joint Base Balad as Team Leader of the NAVY’s Petroleum Oil and Lubricant (POL) Detachment (2009).

CAPT Love reported as Commanding Officer of USS BOONE (FFG 28) in June 2010, where he led the ship in winning the Battle Efficiency award in 2011.  He completed his tour on BOONE in December 2011 and assumed Command of Afloat Training Group Mayport in Jacksonville Florida, where he oversaw the basic and intermediate training and certification of all homeported US Navy vessels in the South East.  He reported to OPNAV N96, Surface Warfare Directorate in 2013, and served as Branch Head for Cruiser and Destroyer modernization until April 2014.  Following his tour at OPNAV, CAPT Love served in the Joint Staff, Joint Chiefs of Staff, as Joint Division Chief for PACOM, NORTHCOM, and SOUTHCOM, under the Deputy Director for Regional Operations (J35) from 2014-2016.  

In August 2016, he assumed command of Naval Base San Diego (NBSD).  CAPT Love culminated his tour as Commanding Officer of NBSD in July 2019, after leading the base in winning the Commander in Chief Installation Excellence Award. 

He is currently serving as Executive Assistant to Commander Navy Installations Command, who leads U.S. Navy shore installation management as the Navy’s shore integrator, designing and developing integrated solutions for sustainment and development of Navy shore infrastructure.  With more than 53,000 military and civilian personnel worldwide across 10 regions, 71 installations, and 123 Naval Operations Support Centers, CNIC is responsible for the operations, maintenance and quality of life programs to support the Navy’s Fleet, Fighter, and Family.

CAPT Love’s awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (3 awards), Navy Commendation Medal (6 awards), the Army Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal (2 awards), the Humanitarian Service Medal, and various US Navy and US Coast Guard unit and service awards.

NNOA Congratulates Our Woman of Color Award Winner – LtCol NaTasha Everly, USMC

NNOA Congratulates Our Woman of Color Award Winner – LtCol NaTasha Everly, USMC

Congratulations to NNOA Member, LtCol NaTasha M. Everly, USMC, for her achievement as a Woman of Color Award Winner.

WOMEN OF COLOR STEM OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Technology All-Stars are accomplished women of color from mid-level to advanced stages of her career (with over 15 years in the workforce) that have demonstrated excellence in the workplace and in their communities. They are honored at a special recognition event during the Women of Color STEM Conference.

Each year the Women of Color STEM Conference hosts several award ceremonies and a forum of leaders from Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, colleges, and universities to discuss key issues in the scientific and technical workforce, share best practices, and showcase opportunities for professional development, networking and recruiting.

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.


NNOA NPP Scholarship Award Winner

NNOA NPP Scholarship Award Winner

Mr. Grant Lewis, a native of Buhl, AL, has been selected to receive the 2020 National Naval Officers Association (NNOA) NROTC Preparatory Program Scholarship.  His award was presented during the 48th Annual NNOA Symposium.

Grant Lewis

Cadet Grant Lewis

Mr. Lewis proved more than deserving of this award.  He meticulously maintained a GPA of 4.02 while participating in over a dozen extra-curricular and community services activities.  As a Cadet at Marion Military Institute (MMI), Grant displays a level of leadership that is well beyond his peers.  Upon graduation from MMI, the United States Navy will reserve a NROTC scholarship to support his continued college experience towards a commission.  Grant desires to attend San Diego State University.

The mission of the NROTC Preparatory Programs (NPP) Office is to expand NROTC opportunities to produce a more capable and representative Naval and Marine Officer Corps.  NROTC Preparatory Scholarship Reservations (NPSR) supports that mission by partnering with educational institutions to enhance underserved or disadvantaged scholarship applicants’ moral, mental, and physical foundations to prepare them for success in the NROTC program.

Under the NPSR program, interested high school students may apply for a one-year university or privately funded scholarships to support room, board and tuition while enrolled in a university NROTC preparatory program.  University NROTC Prep programs are designed to improve midshipman candidates’ academic and life skills to prepare for the rigorous NROTC academic program.  This expanded relationship between the Navy and the schools that host preparatory programs offers a performance-based pathway for midshipman candidates to earn NROTC scholarships.



Cadet Grant Lewis

Ray Lewis, father; Cadet Grant Lewis, scholarship recipient; COL David J. Mollahan, USMC (Ret), MMI President; COL Ed Passmore, USA (Ret), MMI Senior V.P.