We are excited to celebrate Women’s History Month as our National Naval Officers Association acknowledge, honor, and reflect on the contributions of women to leadership in the Sea Services. This year’s theme is “Women Providing Healing – Promoting Hope.” This theme is “both a tribute to the ongoing work of caregivers and frontline workers during this ongoing pandemic and also a recognition of the thousands of ways that women of all cultures have provided both healing and hope throughout history.”
Lest we forget the work of Susie Taylor King – Susie King Taylor – Wikipedia – who is well known (or should be) for her service during the Civil War. Our NNOA legendary role model and hero CAPT Sandi Pollard – CAPT Sandi Pollard, USN (Ret) – NNOA Visionary and Life Member – 2019 | NNOA who served as a role model to me and so many others in NNOA, women have always played a critical and leading role in taking care of our shipmates and giving our families hope. From the first Army nurse Anna May Hayes – Anna Mae Hays – Wikipedia – who served in a mud-caked jungle hospital during WWII to the LCDR Mildred McAfee – Mildred H. McAfee – Wikipedia – who became the director of the WAVES in 1942, women in the armed forces have been providing hope and healing to our military service members in times of war and peace. Women continue to serve in roles that provide healing and promote hope from doctors, nurses, chaplains, and counselors.
The National Naval Officers Association are looking forward to the various programs and events provided by the local chapters. Please share your events on our website: nnoa.org to continue to inspire future generations of excellence.
Sinclair M. Harris, RADM USN Retired