It’s been about a week since the 48th Annual Symposium came to a close and I’m still excited, re energized, and hopeful. While 2020 has been a challenge for everyone, seeing and hearing from you, even if virtually, is always a highlight. For us veterans it was probably the best part of the entire week. Our Service leaders did a great job of laying out their plans of action and way forward in this tumultuous time. That’s why I’m hopeful. However, I am excited and re-energized because of YOU! As veterans, you didn’t attend this symposium because you were interested in becoming a successful sea service officer, but because you care about NNOA.
Having said that, I want to capitalize on the momentum created by the Annual Symposium and extend a cordial invitation to you to participate in two events: a survey and a “Veterans Roundup.” The Roundup will be conducted via Zoom on Saturday, September 12th at 1800 EST.
As a Veteran, you may be wondering how you can turn your concern for the future of the NNOA into action. Here are three areas in which volunteers are needed.
1.NNOA Foundation – After almost five decades of not only survival, but valued and purposeful existence, NNOA has reached the next level. The NNOA leadership team is hard at work establishing a foundation to fund its operations, support youth STEM programs, establishing endowments for scholarships, and other areas requiring financial independence. Veterans will be a critical asset in creating and maintaining the Foundation.
2.Career Development Committee – Dr. Mary McAdams, Capt, USN (Ret), chair of our Career Development Committee, is actively searching for mentors and coaches to strengthen and encourage all of our members. Our lessons learned, positive and negative, are highly sought after and are valued by today’s officer corps. Their way forward will no doubt cross a path that we have opened, and in most cases, have traveled ourselves.
3.Transition Assistance – Transitioning to the civilian world is a life changing event. What better way to enter the unknown than with shipmates who’ve been there and done that? Forming a Veterans assistance group can help Shipmates safely navigate civilian life.
These are just a few of the areas your help is needed. I urge you to add to that list by voicing other ways in which Veterans may be “value added” to the NNOA membership. You can easily do this by participating in the survey and the Veterans Roundup on Saturday, September 12th at 1800 EST.
I leave you with this quote by a first century Jewish scholar, “If not you, then who? If not now, then when?”
I miss you. We miss you…NNOA NEEDS YOU!
Your NNOA Veterans Representative
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Winging Ceremony for the Navy’s First Female African American Tactical Jet Pilot
Lieutenant J.G. Madeline Swegle’s achievement comes 46 years after the Navy got its first female tactical jet pilot.
Here’s the link to her winging ceremony:
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By MC1 Mark D. Faram, OPNAV N7 Public Affairs
Washington, DC (NNS) — The Navy is now calling for applications to a new graduate education program to be piloted this fall, with 80 officers expected to start low-residency opportunities offered by up to eight partner schools.
The Low-Residency Graduate Education Program (LGEP) is designed to provide due-course naval officers in paygrades O-2 to O-5 the chance to get a Navy-funded graduate degree in one of three disciplines — strategy, management or international relations.
The pilot program was announced last week in Naval Administrative Message (NAVADMIN) 204/20, which requests that applications be submitted by August 2.
“This initiative is the product of close collaboration between the Chief Learning Officer (CLO), N7, and the warfare communities,” said VADM Stuart Munsch, former Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Warfighting Development and service-lead for naval education, whose office helped to champion the new program. “Once implemented, LGEP will give officers with compressed career paths an opportunity to pursue a graduate degree that fulfills education requirements for promotion and milestone screening and contributes directly to Navy warfighting advantage.”
The idea is to give officers on compressed career paths a flexible, Navy-funded option to earn graduate degrees which meet the O-7 promotion eligibility education requirement.
Each program is designed to be completed during a shore-duty tour. This means that selected officers will remain at their duty stations and complete most course work online or via telephone. Residency requirements are met through funded, monthly trips to campus.
The lineup of degree programs range in length from 10 to 24 months. Current partner institutions are Old Dominion University, William and Mary University, American University, Johns Hopkins University, UCLA, UCSD, University of Washington, and the Naval Postgraduate School.
In return for the service-funded education, selected officers agree to a continued service obligation of three years, which is served concurrently with any other service obligations they have.
The obligation, which is incurred whether or not the officer completes the degree, starts either on the date of program completion or, should the officer not complete the degree, the date of withdrawal from the program.
This year’s program is a test of concept, designed to gauge the effectiveness of low-residency education delivery models in netting officers required graduation education while also meeting the needs of the Navy for strategy-minded warriors.
If successful, the program could expand opportunities for up to 300 officers annually in future years.
The window for applications this year is open now and runs through August 2. A committee from the office of the CLO will review the applications; selectees will be announced by August 14.
Details on how to apply as well as Navy points of contact can be found in NAVADMIN 204/20, which is available for download here: LOW-RESIDENCY GRADUATE EDUCATION PROGRAM – NAVADMIN 204/20.
NOTE: Supplemental material advertised by the NAVADMIN message as available on the Internet (at www.navy.mil/local/clo) is not currently available due to technical difficulties. However, the NAVADMIN provides all information necessary for submitting an application to the program.
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