The “Mighty” Quantico Chapter

President’s Corner

Col Chris Shaw, USMC

President’s Message

The 2020 NNOA year begins as I continue to serve as your Chapter President. I look forward to your participation, input and assistance in continuing to make our Chapter viable, responsive and RELEVANT. I hope we can continue the good works established by the previous boards. Personally, my goal is to hold PMEs monthly and social events quarterly. Maintaining such a schedule will enable us to reach Marines who need mentorship, guidance and camaraderie.

Semper Fidelis,
Colonel Chris Shaw

Mailing Address
Quantico Chapter Naval Officers Association PO Box 812 Quantico VA 22134
Meeting Location
The Clubs at Quantico 3rd Wednesday of the month at 1730.

President:  Col Chris Shaw, USMC
Vice President: LtCol David Shaw, USMC
Secretary: Capt Valonne Ehrhardt, USMC
Treasurer: Capt John Everette, USMC
Membership: Capt David Perez, USMC
Public Affairs: Maj Keith Stevenson, USMC


The National Naval Officers Association (NNOA) is an organization composed of active duty, reserve and retired officers, midshipmen, cadets, and interested civilians. The organization is sanctioned by the Secretaries of the Navy and Transportation and is a member of the Navy and Marine Corps Council. NNOA has members of all ranks and ethnic groups. NNOA had its beginnings in 1970, when LT Kenneth H. Johnson, while serving as Advisor for Minority Affairs at the U. S. Naval Academy, sought methods to improve minority interest in recruitment efforts and participation in the Naval Academy Blue and Gold Program. In 1971, faced with finding qualified naval officer candidates from minority communities, CAPT Emerson Emory, CAPT Claude Williams, CDR Emmanuel Jenkins, CWO James Harris and LT Johnson began to discuss forming an organization to assist minority officer recruitment. It was noted that fewer than 100 officers of every known minority could be identified and less than 50 of these were African American. In 1972, an organizational meeting was held at the Hilton Inn in Annapolis, MD and NNOA was founded. The objectives of the Association were adopted and subsequently annual meetings during the month of July ensued. The Superintendent of the Naval Academy gave his full support to NNOA, and that support is still present today. CAPT Emerson Emory was elected the first president of NNOA. The first annual meeting was held in San Diego, CA in 1973. Rear Admiral Charles Rauch, Assistant Chief of Naval Personnel for Human Goals and Mr. John Borroughs, Special Assistant Equal Opportunity the Assistant Secretary of the Navy were the principal guests. The first chartered chapter was the Annapolis, MD chapter.
Our Purpose
The National Naval Officers Association’s 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. NNOA establishes and maintains a positive image of the Sea Services in communities and educational institutions. NNOA is an essential element in maintaining operational readiness. We provide professional development and mentoring and support cultural diversity. We establish and maintain a positive image of the Sea Services in communities and educational institutions. At the chapter level, the “Mighty” Quantico Chapter fulfills the NNOA mission through various activities. We use our monthly meetings to provide professional military education and foster an atmosphere that allows our members to engage in professional exchanges and networking. We recognize our responsibility to our community as we promote and foster American ideals. The Chapter does this by conducting quarterly church visits and participating in the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Adopt-a-Highway program. Through the Chapter’s Scholarship Program, we annually recognize exceptional young citizens in our community who are high school seniors that have demonstrated a great potential to succeed at the college level and beyond. In addition to recognizing a select group of high school seniors, the Chapter launched the Rising Stars program in 2017. The Chapter will support exceptional underclassmen by sponsoring a comprehensive yearlong SAT preparation course for the next academic year. These students will also be assigned a mentor to work with them throughout the course of the year.
Upcoming Events
Scholarship Program


The Quantico Chapter of the National Naval Officers Association Scholarship Program provides scholarships in an effort towards enhancing educational opportunities for area high school students.  These awards are available for students in Prince William, Spotsylvania, Stafford  and Fauquier Counties (and the Cities and Bases contained therein) who have demonstrated academic achievement.  Scholarship recipients are selected without any obligation to join or affiliate themselves with the military services.  High school senior recipients must enroll full-time at a two- or four-year accredited college or university, and submit verification of enrollment as part of the awarding process.

Our scholarship program has two components.  The first is designed for graduating high school seniors for use at a four year undergraduate institution. The second is the Rising Stars SAT test prep program which provides funding for sophomores and juniors preparing for college admission tests.

Details of the Awards

The graduating senior award is designed to support the student during their college freshman year.  The recipient must enroll full-time at a two- or four-year accredited college or university, and submit verification of enrollment as part of the application process.

Eligibility Requirements

Graduating seniors

  • Student must be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident.
  • Student must be accepted, or planning to enroll, full-time in the fall of 2020 in an undergraduate program of studies leading to a Bachelor’s Degree at an accredited college or university.
  • Student must have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 to meet the minimum requirements.

Rising Stars

  • Student must be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident.
  • Rising junior or senior from high schools in Prince William, Stafford,  Fauquier,    and Spotsylvania counties and all incorporated cities within those counties as well as Quantico Middle High School.
  • Minimum a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

Graduating Senior Application click here.

Rising Stars Application click here.

Applications Deadline: Applications can be mail to the address below and postmarked by Apr 30, 2020 or emailed to no later than April 30, 2020.

Quantico NNOA (Attn: Scholarship Chair)
P.O. Box 812
Quantico, VA 22134

Our membership is quite diverse. NNOA is open to all active, reserve and retired members of the Sea Services, midshipmen, and cadets as well as our friends in the civilian community.  In order to become a member of the local chapter, you must first be a member of the National organization. You may complete an application online. Or mail payments along with a membership application to: National Naval Officers Association Attn: Membership P.O. Box 10871 Alexandria, VA 22310-0871 National dues can also be made through the the Quantico Chapter.   Local dues are $25.00. Local and national dues can be paid online here, paid in person to the Chapter Treasurer or mailed to: National Naval Officers Association Quantico Chapter P.O. Box 812 Quantico, VA 22134 Midshipmen and cadets are always invited to join our local chapter free of charge. Please contact the Quantico NNOA Membership Director Maj Blake Jackson with questions or for more information.
Ways to Support the Chapter
You can support the Quantico by donating to our scholarship fund. Donations can be accepted here via PayPal. Raise money for our scholarship fund when you shop  online via iGive.  iGive features almost 1,800 of the web’s best stores, including: Walmart, Pottery Barn, Neiman Marcus, Staples, PETCO, GAP, Expedia, and QVC.  From gifts to groceries, special occasions to everyday necessities, every purchase can help your cause.  Up to 26% of each and every purchase benefits your cause, and donation rates vary by store. Donation rates are clearly listed within the iGive Mall. When you shop, every penny of the advertised donation goes directly to your cause. No administrative costs, fees, no mark-ups. You’ll never pay more to shop through iGive. Shop via our iGive site at
Professional Development
Jan 2018 PME Commandant’s Education Board given by Major Jerry A. Godfrey – click here for presentation Nov 2017 PME MCRC Diversity Event Brief  Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers Maj Lim –click here for presentation Sep 2017 PME MMOA Road show given by Major Jerry A. Godfrey – click here for presentation  Jun 2017 PME Biases given by Major Jerry A. Godfrey – click here for presentation April 2017 PME The New Retirement System  given by Mike Strobl, Deputy Director, Manpower Plans & Policies click here for the presentation Dec 2016 PME The Promotion Board Process  click here for copy of handout
Items of Interest
New Marine Corps recruiting video first one to recruit women. Recruiting Command video Veterans can visit the National Museum of African American History & Culture without passes.  See the FAQ Timed Passes for Museum Entry for details. NAACP Convention Baltimore, MD July 22  -26 2017.  Convention website.

To enhance sea service operational readiness by supporting recruiting, professional development, and retention in an effort to achieve a diverse officer corps that reflects the demographics of our nation.

Highway Cleanup  
2016 Annual Membership Cookout  
September 2016 Highway cleanup  
Chapter photo
2017 Ladies’ Luncheon
2017 Ladies’ Luncheon
2017 Ladies’ Luncheon
2016 Annual Membership Cookout
2016 Annual Membership Cookout
2016 Annual Membership Cookout