By NAN Contributor
News Americas, Norfolk, VA, Tues. Aug. 2, 2016: A 27- year Jamaican-born Navy veteran has made history by becoming the first woman to be elected President of the National Naval Officers Association (NNOA).
Commander Denise McCallaCreary, was recently elected, making her the first female President in the organization’s 44-year history.
The National Naval Officers Association (NNOA) actively supports the U. S. Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in the recruitment, development and retention of a diverse Officer Corps that is representative of the best our nation has to offer.
“Serving in this new leadership role will afford me an opportunity to guide others to success while ensuring that we connect, build, and strengthen our pipeline of talented military leaders,” said the Kingston, Jamaica-born McCallaCreary.
The new President immigrated to the United States as a teenager and joined the enlisted ranks in 1973. She was later commissioned in the Navy in 1978. During her commissioned officer career, she served in shore based leadership positions retiring in 2000.
McCallaCreary has been active member of NNOA since 1983 leading the organization’s NROTC Coordinator’s program, actively participated as a member of the San Francisco Bay area chapter, and most recently served as the Western Region Vice President.
In her new role as President McCallaCreary will serve a two-year term as the organization focuses on membership growth, education/mentorship, and community service.