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    America’s Navy hosts Visibility Days at Prairie View A&M

    Navy Visibility Day at Prairie View A&M University

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    Story by Burrell Parmer 

    Navy Recruiting Command

    PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas – (April 10, 2019) Continuing to attract America’s best and brightest for Naval service, Navy Recruiting Command (NRC) hosted a Navy Visibility Day on the campus of Prairie View A&M University, April 9 and 10.

    Navy Visibility Day is a NRC proprietary recruitment program built specifically for the purpose of attracting the brightest, diverse college prospects, and showcasing opportunities for both military and civilian careers.

    Its purpose is the build and sustain strategic networks with universities and colleges while promoting Navy awareness within a diverse and under-represented community.

    During the two-day event, students and midshipmen had the opportunity to attend a Lean Six Sigma Workshop, Career Expo, Panel Discussion, and visit the Navy’s Virtual Reality Experience, the NIMITZ.

    Rear Adm. Keith Jones of Ferriday, La., deputy commander, Naval Supply Systems Command, served as the senior flag officer.
    “It’s important for the Navy to build relationships with communities in general, whether it be education or government, to make sure America knows what their Navy is capable of and why we exist,” said Jones. “There are great opportunities for the next generation of Americans to serve in America’s Navy, not just in uniform but also in civilian capacities.”

    Jones stressed on the importance of having a diverse Navy.

    “Our military should reflect what our citizenry looks like,” said Jones. “It is projected that by the year 2050 that the minority of our country may be the majority.”

    During the event, Jones had the opportunity to speak with the Navy Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) midshipmen at Hobart T. Taylor, Sr. Hall.

    “I am so excited to see the next generation of leaders who decided to be part of something that is bigger than themselves,” said Jones. “They all will do great in the Navy and in the Marine Corps. The type of mentorship they are receiving at the NROTC unit will make them great officers in the future.”

    During the panel discussion held at the Willie A. Tempton, Sr. Memorial Student Center, Jones, accompanied by junior officers of Navy Recruiting Command and Navy Recruiting District Houston, shared his experience and officer development with midshipmen and students.

    “They are forward thinking and excited to have a roll in America’s Navy’s future,” said Jones. “They asked great questions. It demonstrated the level of maturity and commitment that they possess,” said Jones.

    The Houston Consortium is comprised of two units: PVAMU Unit, and the Rice University Unit, which consists of University of Houston, Houston Baptist University, and Texas Southern University.

    “Having a Navy Visibility Day on the campus really leverages the opportunity for the Navy to reach out to others,” said Capt. Timothy Symons of Chevy Chase, Md., commanding officer, NROTC Houston Consortium. “And it should grow; one way to do that is showing the innovation and technology that a career in the Navy can bring, whether as a Sailor or civilian.”

    The PVAMU Unit is celebrating its 50th Year Anniversary and has produced three flag officers: Vice Adm. David Brewer III (1970), Rear Adm. Osie V. Combs, Jr. (1971), and Rear Adm Kelvin Dixon (1981).

    Jones had the opportunity to meet University President Ruth J. Simmons and tour the campus of PVAMU.
    “Prairie View A&M has a beautiful campus,” said Jones. “I am really impressed with the facilities. The staff and faculty have been very hospitable.”

    NRC consists of a command headquarters, three navy recruiting regions, 18 Navy recruiting districts and eight Navy talent acquisition groups that serve more than 1,300 recruiting stations across the world. Their combined goal is to attract the highest quality candidates to assure the ongoing success of America’s Navy.



    Date Taken: 04.10.2019
    Date Posted: 04.11.2019 13:34
    Story ID: 317754
    Location: PRAIRIE VIEW, TX, US 

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