In honor of Pearl Harbor/World War II remembrance,Betty Reid Soskinspoke to members of the sea services at U. S. Coast Guard Base Alameda in California, Dec. 6.
At 96, Soskin is the nation’s oldest Park Ranger and a pioneer in the war effort, working as a secretary for a then-segregated ship building union in 1942. Also she was instrumental in the creation of the Rosie the Riveter World War II Homefront National Historic Park in Richmond, California.
The San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of NNOA, along with other officer associations on USCG Base Alameda, including the Association of Naval Services Officers (ANSO), the Chief Warrant Officers Association (CWOA), the Coast Guard Officers Association (CGOA), the Surface Navy Officers, and the Women’s Leadership Initiative sponsored Soskin.
“Her message of persevering and removing obstacles as it related to her work in the Kaiser Shipyards resonated here in the Coast Guard in 2017,” said San Francisco Bay Area chapter secretary LCDR Fredrick Pugh.
The Washington, DC Chapter of the National Naval Officers Association conducted its annual Veterans Day Hospital visit at the Washington, DC Veterans Hospital, Friday, Nov. 10, 2017. This year, Sara Fuentes and Ryan Donaldson, members of the Navy League of the United States Headquarters Staff, joined the Chapter during the event. As in years past, the Chapter visited patients and passed out hats, gloves, scarves and socks. Also the Chapter conducted its annual Bingo Game with patients. The event was a rousing success filled with fun, laughs and plenty of prizes and gifts for the patients. The Chapter says “Thank You” to all who contributed to and participated in this year’s visit and extends a special “Thank You” to Lynette Brady of the VA Hospital Staff and her assistant Karen for the exceptional job they did in coordinating our visit. In closing, the Chapter extends a heartfelt and hardy “Thank You for Your Service and Happy Veterans Day” to all veterans and their families!