MARINE CORPS LOGISTICS BASE ALBANY, Ga -- The Albany chapter of the National Naval Officers Association was selected Aug. 6 as the national organization's Chapter of the Year in the fewer-than-23 category - its fourth such designation.
The 32nd Annual NNOA Training Conference was held at the Naval Support Activity Mid-South in Millington, Tenn. The theme for this year's conference was "Leadership, Professionalism, Diversity."
During the conference, LtCol. Ronald Wallace, president of the Albany chapter, was distinctively honored with the Dori Miller Award.
The Dori Miller Award is the highest NNOA award. It is presented annually to a member who excels in the accomplishment of the goals and objectives of NNOA. The award is in honor of Dori Miller, a U.S. Navy hero at Pearl Harbor and the first African-American recipient of the Navy Cross.
Wallace also received a Distinguished Service Award, along with Olivia Williams and Capt. Larry Parker. Altogether, the Albany chapter earned five awards for 2004.
"As a chapter, we are honored to be recognized for our accomplishments. The membership is committed to making a difference in the lives of our Marines and the civilians in the local community," Wallace said, who also serves as the director of the Material and Distribution Management Department of Supply Chain Management Center, Marine Corps Logistics Command.
NNOA was founded in 1972 in Annapolis, Md. Its mission is to actively support the sea services in the development of a diverse officer corps through recruitment, retention and career development. NNOA is essential in maintaining operational readiness by providing professional development, mentoring and support of cultural awareness.
The Albany chapter recently held its Ninth Annual NNOA Scholarship Ball, at which time $1,000 scholarships were awarded to two local high school seniors to help them in their college level educational pursuits. The chapter has awarded more than $12,000 in college scholarships to local high school students since the scholarship program began.
The local chapter has fostered a mentoring relationship with Mock Road Elementary School here in Albany. Throughout the past several years, NNOA members have worked with students and encouraged them to study and strive for excellence. Additionally, the chapter has participated in activities with students from Darton College and Westover High school.
The chapter is also a member of the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce. In order to enhance its involvement in civic activities, the chapter is an active participant in several chamber committees.
The chapter was also recognized because of its emphasis on education and professional development. During the past year, guest speakers at the chapter's programs have included retired Marine astronaut MajGen. Charles F. Bolden Jr., and LtGen. Gary H. Hughey, deputy commander, U.S. Transportation Command.
Wallace further stated that all officers and interested civilians are encouraged to attend the local chapter's monthly meetings, which are held the second Wednesday of each month in the base's Staff NCO Lounge.