2014
Women's Equality Day event highlights roles at work, home
Navy contractors begin drilling for two new ground water monitoring wells
Navy Region Hawaii - Storm Announcements
USS Denver Will Decommission After 46 Years of Service
Hawaii to welcome USS Preble and USS John Paul Jones
USS Lake Erie to depart for new homeport of San Diego
We're in this Together: One Suicide is One Too Many
Region 'Know Load' team helps Forest City residents
RIMPAC 2014 begins June 26
Impact of RIMPAC, balancing the benefits
USS Hopper assists successful missile intercept
Summer safety advice for RIMPAC participants
E komo mai means welcome
RIMPAC 2014 facts
Take care of Hawaii's environment during RIMPAC
USS North Carolina holds change of command
Welcome to our RIMPAC friends
USS Halsey (DDG 97) to Deploy to 7th Fleet Areas of Reponsibility
RIMPAC Sailors volunteer, learn about Native Hawaiian culture
Navy water consumers in Hawaii receive annual water quality report
Navy continues battle against coconut rhinoceros beetle
Visiting Sailors volunteer to clean historic Kalaeloa Heritage Park
Navy participates in public meeting on response to Red Hill fuel release
RIMPAC 2014 participants conduct sinking exercise
Ball cap wear policy to expand starting this September
Navy Region Hawaii sets Tropical Cyclone of Readiness Four
Navy Region Hawaii sets Tropical Cyclone Condition of Readiness Four
USS Lake Erie Visits Osaka
Navy in Hawaii combats sexual harassment, assault
USS Lake Erie completes western Pacific deployment
Wear testing begins for Lightweight Type I Navy Working Uniform
Navy releases name of Sailor who died June 8 at Maunalua Bay
Military urged to stay safe while enjoying summer activities
Tips for Summer Safety
Drinking Water Remains Safe after Red Hill Leak Reported
Three pinholes found in Red Hill's empty tank 5
Navy begins visual inspection of tank at Red Hill
Navy to brief Hawaii lawmakers on Red Hill water safety
Forest City reinvests in military communities in Hawaii
Navy housing liaison shares energy saving tips
Navy rallies to conserve, reduce at Energy Action Day Fair
State, industry, port partners and U.S. military establish alternate port to enhance State of Hawaii's readiness
Theme of Hispanic Heritage Month emphasizes past, present, future
October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month
Military, state reach new heights with crane blessing ceremony
Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam hosts Women's Waterfront Symposium
Energy officials discusses Navy's future at summit
Hurricane season is still here - here comes Ana
"Know Load" tips can help residents conserve energy
Pearl Harbor Day: Let us not forget
Base brings burner to beetle battle to help prevent spread
Newspaper Archives
Admirals Commentaries
Energy security supports SECNAV, CNO goals
The role of chief: Backbone of our Navy, providing leadership
Showcasing excellence and pride at air show this weekend
'Take care of our people' is priority one
Energy Action Month: Moving from brown to green
Standing with Veterans: The meaning of 'Thank you for your service'
Lessons on working together from the past, present and into the future
Defining leadership: making a difference
Chosin and importance of perspective, reflections on namesake
Preserving Memory of Pearl Harbor Day, 'Greatest Generation'
'Pearl Harbor Colors' will honor military and families
Seizing the opportunity
Cooperative partnerships build stronger community
Vietnam War commemoration: 'Unity Over Self'
Battle of Sundra Strait lessons and need to be ready
In time of need NMCRS team supports our people, mission
'Communicating the value' of Hawaii's schools
Feeling of 'ohana' makes Hawaii special
It's an honor to lead Navy Region Hawaii/MIDPAC ohana
Service, summits show commitment to our people
Back to school, back to promoting summer safety
Remembering, Honoring, Celebrating: '70 Years of Peace'
Red Hill Fuel Facility is national strategic asset
Suicide prevention: '1 Small ACT' of kindness, hope
A Pearl Harbor perspective on remembering 9/11
Mid-September highlighted with awards, advancement
'Young enough to not die from smoking'
Stakeholder letter updates community about Red Hill
Recognizing, honoring humble heroes of WWII
Resolving to do more right in 2016
Press Releases
First 'Pearl Harbor Colors' Ceremony January 15
USS Halsey to return from deployment
Next 'Pearl Harbor Colors' Ceremony set for Feb. 26
Next 'Pearl Harbor Colors' Ceremony set for Mar. 19
Navy Confirms Death of Sailor Sunday in Hawaii
Alleged Hazardous Material Confiscated at JBPHH
Navy goes to Merrie Monarch
Green is color of Next 'Pearl Harbor Colors' Ceremony
Shipyard Personnel to Conduct 'Pearl Harbor Colors' Ceremony, Honor History and Heritage
USS Michael Murphy to return from Western Pacific Deployment
USNS Mercy and USNS Millinocket To Depart Hawaii for Pacific Partenership Deployment
Dock at USS Arizona Memorial Under Repair. Navy, Coast Guard Investigations Underway
Vietnam Veterans to be Honored at the Next 'Pearl Harbor Colors' Ceremony
Drinking Water Remains Safe in Red Hill Vicinity
Vietnam Veteran Tim Guard to Be the Guest Speaker at Thursday's 'Pearl Harbor Colors' Ceremony
Navy Region and MIDPAC Change of Command set for Friday
'Pearl Harbor Colors' Ceremony to Salute Youth
Red Hill Fuel Facility is a national strategic asset
'Pearl Harbor Colors' 70th anniversary of the end of WWII in the Pacific
Former POW Gerald Coffee to be guest speaker at Thursday's 'Pearl Harbor Colors' Ceremony
U.S. Navy signs EPA and state of Hawaii consent order
USS Preble to Return from Independent Deployment
Navy seeks public input at open house scoping meetings
USS Theodore Roosevelt to arrive in Pearl Harbor Sunday
Navy invites Board of Water Supply to tour Red Hill
Chinese Navy Ships to visit Hawaii Sunday
Navy to celebrate Festival of Lights in Pearl Harbor
USS Chafee to return home from independent deployment
Chief of Naval Personnel visits Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam
COLA Living Pattern Survey takes place from Feb. 1 to March 1
Civilian helicopter goes down in Pearl Harbor
CNRH Represents Navy at Hawaii Governor's Gold Star Proclamation Signing
Hawaii Sailors Engage with Praxis to Fight Sexual Misconduct
Navy's Red Hill Tanks Pass Tightness Testing, Show No Leaking
Naval Forces Visits Hawaii
Navy Continues Stakeholder Comms on Red Hill
Secretary of the Navy Visits Hawaii Sailors, Marines
Career information Center assists Pearl Harbor commands with retention awards
Navy’s partnership with Polynesian Voyaging Society
Pearl Harbor Remembers the Battle of Midway
Native Oysters Making a Return to Pearl Harbor
2015
Pearl Harbor Colors honors African Americans
Hawaii commands garner CNO environmental awards
Sailors say farewells as USS Preble departs to western Pacific
Mayor, City Council promote sexual assault prevention
Navy commands in Hawaii garner top environmental awards
Pearl Harbor Colors celebrates Women's History Month
Sea Cadets learn naval tradition, leadership skills
Navy Marine Corps Relief Society honors volunteers
NEX Earth Day Expo educates young minds about environment
Pearl Harbor Colors celebrates Earth Day and National Park Week
Military Children Recognized for Scholastic Achievements
JROTC Joins Worldwide 5K Run
Pearl Harbor Plants Pinwheels for Child Abuse Prevention
Joint Base rescues sea turtle
USS Chafee leaves on deployment
Leadership of two top military commands in Hawaii to change
Joint service ceremony marks anniversary of West Loch Disaster
Ogden relieves Collins as CO of USS Chung-Hoon
Teams work together to repair USS Arizona Memorial
Navy in Hawaii honors Vietnam veterans
Navy provides annual water reports to Navy water consumers in Hawaii
Student transition program makes sure military children feel welcome
U.S. Chamber of Commerce hosts 'Hiring Our Heroes'
Next Pearl Harbor Colors to highlight youth service
Sailors honor late Pearl Harbor survivor EMC Haag
Hawaii's history and military legacy perpetuated at regatta
Pearl Harbor Navy Exchange is one of 2014 Bingham Award winners
Navy Region Hawaii is conducting the command climate survey through July 31
Pearl Harbor Colors ceremony honors future service members, leaders
Tropical Depression Ela posed no threat, but is reminder
Drivers urged to use caution as school starts July 29
USS Preble enjoys Australian culture in Darwin
Congresswoman Gabbard tours Red Hill facility
Radford Transition Center helps students adjust
USS Paul Hamilton returns from deployment
October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month
Holly Petraeus brings financial advice to Joint Base
USS Theodore Roosevelt visits Hawaii
Military, Honolulu officials rededicate site as war memorial
Pearl Harbor Colors ceremony honors Marine birthday
SECDEF Message: Celebrate the Holidays Safely
Veterans Day ceremony aboard Mighty Mo honors veterans
Navy makes strides toward energy efficiency in 2015
Japanese minister of defense visits USS Port Royal
Events to commemorate 74th anniversary of Pearl Harbor remembrance
McGinn tours Red Hill Fuel Facility during visit to Hawaii
Christmas Fire Safety
Pearl Harbor Remembrance to highlight 'Pathway to Reconciliation'
Ho`okele Magazine 2019

Seizing the opportunity

Rear Adm. Rick Williams

01/30/15

By Rear Adm. Rick Williams, Commander, Navy Region Hawaii and Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific

Living and working at a place like Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam is like being immersed in history. The base is filled with memorials, streets, facilities and parks with names of heroes who have been immortalized.

One such place is the Doris Miller Park neighborhood.

In December 1941, Doris “Dorie” Miller was a 22 year-old mess attendant assigned to the USS West Virginia. At the onset of the attack on Dec. 7, he ran to his battle station, the anti-aircraft battery amidship, only to find that the battery had been disabled by one of the nine torpedoes that nearly destroyed the venerable battleship.

The young and physically imposing Sailor spent the next few minutes carrying wounded shipmates to safer havens on deck when he was ordered to the bridge to help move the commanding officer, Capt Bennion, who had been mortally wounded moments before.

As the attack wore on, Miller, who had no experience with the weapon, quickly took charge of a 50-caliber anti-aircraft gun and fired furiously at the attackers until his ammunition was exhausted and he was ordered to abandon ship.

Miller’s actions were recognized by many of the senior officers who were present on the West Virginia that morning, and he was subsequently presented with the Navy Cross for his extraordinary courage in battle.

What is not widely known is that Miller later paid the ultimate sacrifice with his life when he was lost with 645 other Sailors aboard the Liscome Bay in November 1943.

As an African-American in the Navy in 1941, Doris Miller’s options were limited. Most African-Americans in World War II were restricted to serve in support capacities ashore or in small harbor or coastal craft. The same limited mentality pervaded the other services as well.

Unfortunately, discrimination was present in our Navy until 1970 when Chief of Naval Operations Adm. “Bud” Zumwalt issued equal opportunity directives for fair advancement, treatment, and benefits for all Sailors.

It is estimated that African-American men and women make up 17 percent of our armed forces today as enlisted and officer, from seaman to admiral, with equal opportunities in whatever field or service for which their skill set suits them.

Imagine if the same mentality of 70 years ago persisted today and we lost that 17 percent due to racial bias. The thought is staggering. We still need to ensure we have strength through diversity.

Our nation’s armed forces are stronger when the best and brightest of our people are allowed to integrate into the team and use their God-given talents, intellect and diversity to strengthen the whole.

The Navy has taken concrete steps to gauge the fleet’s diversity climate through the Command Managed Equal Opportunity (CMEO) program and annual climate surveys. Congress has mandated through the National Defense Authorization Act that commanders become more accountable for those surveys, and I am committed as your region and MIDPAC commander to demand full participation from every tenant command and personally read each survey with the intent to identify problems and complaints and take steps to improve deficiencies.

In short, those surveys are a direct line from every Sailor to me, and I take that responsibility seriously. Our Sailors will continue to see their leadership become more informed on issues of equal opportunity and engaged in eliminating unfair treatment.

I am reminded that one of CNIC’s guiding principles is to “Live a Culture of Continuous Improvement,” which encompasses the sharing of lessons and thoughtful critical introspection.

Annual commemorations like February’s African-American History Month are important because, like the physical reminders around this base, they remind us of legacy and lessons learned. It is also important that we take part in the many events in February that celebrate diversity within our culture. This diversity makes us stronger.

Miller exemplified the spirit of the warfighter. He was ready to fight and, when the situation was critical, he seized the moment and took the fight to the enemy.

We are all grateful and inspired by the example of Doris Miller and other African-Americans who rose above the racism and the limitations that were placed on them to serve their country. Let’s learn from our past and seize the opportunity today to fully integrate and harness the talents of warfighters like Doris Miller.

 

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