Secretary of the Navy Breakfast Panel Video

Secretary of the Navy Breakfast Panel Video

This video provides interesting discussion from our Acting Secretary of the Navy, Chief Information Officer and Chief Learning Officer.  It provides insightful career initiatives and discussion topics, such as Education for Seapower, Information Management, Naval Integration, and current reform efforts.  



This week we are highlighting two important, recent anniversaries in Naval History: first, the birthday of Jesse L. Brown, a pioneering and remarkable Naval Aviator, and second, the first commissioning of a group of women into the Active Duty, regular Navy.

Editor’s Note: Thursday Tidings and the NHF leadership team appreciates the feedback received about Korean War hero Jesse L. Brown.

We were advised and confirmed that Ensign Oscar W. Holmes, USNR, is credited with being the first African American Naval Pilot, as he entered the Navy after becoming a qualified pilot in civilian life.  He was designated as the Navy’s first black naval aviator on 30 June 1943 after completing flight instructor training.  He was not required to attend the basic pilot training course as ENS Brown was required to do, making Brown the first African American pilot who attended and graduated from Naval Flight training. For more information, see Robert J. Schneller’s article on Holmes in the January-February 1998 issue of Naval Aviation magazine


USCG – The Mentoring Project

USCG – The Mentoring Project

Welcome to the NNOA Mentoring Project Community,

I am your Community Coordinator and I am excited that you to see the value in mentoring and are interested in either guiding another or exploring ways you can personally and professionally grow. The Mentoring Project started in 2017 at Coast Guard Headquarters with only 70 mentors and mentees. In the second year, it opened up to interested communities throughout the Coast Guard and successfully gained 11 communities. In The 2018/19 Mentoring Project year 219 mentors and mentees we successfully paired. This year we already at 18 communities and we are one of them! Each community is required to bring in 20 mentors and 20 mentees. The purpose of this requirement is, it allows the program to build a large data base of mentors which provide our mentees with more options.

Your participation in this program shows the need for mentoring in our service. The Core Team located at CG Headquarters, will ask that you provide feedback in the form of four surveys throughout the seven month period of mentoring. The feedback you provide to the Core Team will help improve this program for future participants.

If you have not signed up for The 2019/20 Mentoring Project Year or if you know of someone that would like to be a mentor or mentee please provide this letter to them. You can visit The Mentoring Project website and sign up as a mentor or mentee. You can view the time line of events there and see all of the communities that are participating this year. Be sure you select our community when you sign up, this will allow me to track who in our community is participating and even though mentees can choose a mentor from any community, it allows mentees to select a geographically located mentor if they prefer. Once you choose the “I want to be a mentee or mentor” link, you will be redirected to a member management site called Member Planet. This is where The Mentoring Project stores and manages all applicants and bios. You will need to create an account and wait for Core Team approval. Once your account is approved, you will be sent either a mentor or mentee bio which will be due by October 24th. I would like to personally thank you for your time and interest in The Mentoring Project. I look forward to working with you!

Very Respectfully,
The NNOA Community Coordinator (s),
CDR Commander Moore, CG Affiliate
LCDR Roberto Concepcion, CG Affiliate-Assist


Dear NNOA Family,

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our National President’s mother, Ms. Margaret H. Oliver.

Please leave your condolences for RADM Harris.

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NNOA’s CDR McCallaCreary Participates in Prairie View A&M University Celebration

CDR McCallaCreary attended the Prairie View A&M University, Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) Unit 50th Celebration held October 11 – 13, 2018.  The overarching theme was “Continuing the Mission of increasing numbers of minority Officers in the Marine Corps and Navy.”   NNOA continues to help develop synergy between the NROTC Unit, HBCU’s (Historically Black College and University) and NNOA.  

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The Prairie View A&M NROTC Story

The Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) unit at Prairie View A&M was established in1968 with an expressed mission to produce exceptional officers and increase the number of Minority Officers serving in the United States Navy and Marine Corps.

As the first NROTC program established a predominantly Black college or university, Prairie View A&M immediately assumed a leadership role for Sea Services. A high performing, inclusive school with exacting Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) standards, Prairie View A&M University was a natural fit for the NROTC program from day one.

Midshipmen accepted into the program are required to perform academically, physically, and morally. Since the unit’s establishment, over four hundred exemplary young men and women have been commissioned into the United States Navy and Marine Corps. Prairie View A&M University NROTC graduates are currently deployed around the globe.

The success of the unit is exemplified by the quality of officers commissioned into naval service. To date, the Prairie View A&M University NROTC unit has produced three Flag Officers, Vice Admiral David Brewer III, Rear Admiral Kelvin Dixon, and Rear Admiral Osie Combs, Jr. The collective performance of all officers commissioned from Prairie View A&M University validates the premise that increasing the number of minority Naval and Marine Corps Officers would vastly improve our military.

From the Golden Thirteen to the Living Spirit of the Dream, the Prairie View A&M University NROTC unit maintains a decorated history that remains relevant today. Over the course of the past year, the 50th Anniversary Committee worked diligently to honor this proud legacy. Anniversary kickoff events in Houston, Texas and Washington DC, conducted during Black History Month were a tremendous success. The events included senior military officers, to include General Robert Neller, the 37th Commandant of the Marine Corps, as well as national and locally elected officials.

We want this proud history to live on and for the unit to thrive as it continues to mission. Tonight we have planned an evening of awards, recognition, speeches and most importantly, fellowship. We are most thankful for our partnership with the Houston Military Affairs Committee (HMAC) and appreciative of all their help in making this event happen. Tonight, past and present members of this outstanding unit are encouraged to celebrate past accomplishments tonight while keeping a watchful eye on a bright future.

a. NROTC Class of 1970 (Prairie View A&M University Golden Thirteen)

1. Marvin L. Bell LCDR, USN (Ret) (Deceased)
2. VADM David L. Brewer III VADM, USN (Ret)
3. Ollie V. Bucker Lt. USN
4. James E. Ealy CAPT, USN (Ret)
5. Isaac C. Gouldsby Capt, USMC
6. Moses H. Hadnot Lt USMC)
7. Ronald E. Hall LCDR, USN (Ret)
8. Dr Kenneth E. Hinson CAPT, USN (Ret)
9. Harvey Mattox LCDR, USN (Ret)
10.Dr. David C. Mosby CAPT, USN (Ret)
11.Niley J. Rosemond Capt, USMC
12.James E. Tarver CAPT, USN (Ret)
13.Charles E. White CAPT, USN (Ret)

b. NROTC Class 1972 (First Full Four Year Class)

1. Robert Dean CDR, USN (Ret)
2. Wendell Chinn, Jr Captain, USMC (Ret)
3. Emmerson Edwards* LCDR, USN (Ret)
4. Christopher Peterson Major, USMC (Ret)
5. Robert Rush LCDR, USN (Ret)
6. Herlis Williams Major, USMC (Ret)
7. Arthur Ray Wilson Lt, USN

* Note: Completed NRTOC program obligation in 1972. Commissioned and BSEE in 1973.

Very Respectfully,
E. Edwards
50th Anniversary Program Manager
Original member of the first full four year PVAMU NROTC Class of 1972
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