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    Stennis Recognizes African American and Black Heritage



    Story by Seaman Erika Kugler 

    USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74)

    The Navy’s theme this year is “African American in Times of War,” which celebrates the contributions that African Americans have made to the nation during times of war from the Revolutionary War to present-day conflicts.

    “It is a known fact that the Navy, and the military as a whole, is a melting pot,” said Yeoman 2nd Class Jazmin Maria, president of the Multi-Cultural Heritage Committee. “This diversity of backgrounds and values makes us stronger.”

    Speeches celebrated groups such as the Golden Thirteen, who were a part of the process to racially integrate the Navy, and the Tuskegee Airman. Other prominent figures who overcame adversity and are known for many firsts, to include Master Chief Boatswain’s Mate Carl M. Brashear and Adm. Michelle Howard, current commander of U.S. Naval Forces Europe and U.S. Naval Forces Africa were also discussed.

    “Let us understand that Black History Month and all months that we use to specifically recognize the accomplishments of marginalized groups, the struggles we’ve been through, and how far we have to go, are an effort to ensure that the contributions made by these groups are not forgotten,” said Lt. Cmdr. Sarah Smith in her speech about fans, allies, and mentors.

    ALNAV 007/18 encourages commands to participate in heritage celebrations and special observances throughout the year that honor the contributions, unique histories and cultures Navy’s diverse Sailor and civilian team.

    John C. Stennis is in port conducting routine training as it continues preparing for its next scheduled deployment.
    For more news on John C. Stennis, visit www.stennis.navy.mil or follow along on Facebook at www.facebook.com/stennis74.



    Date Taken: 02.16.2018
    Date Posted: 02.16.2018 17:19
    Story ID: 266400
    Location: BREMERTON, WA, US 

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