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The Hampton Roads Committee of 200+ Men will host a program to recognize Black History Month with a presentation entitled "Civil Rights in America and the Military" given by Rear Admiral Sinclair M. Harris, USN, Commander United States FOURTH Fleet.

The program will consist of a short video that depicts noteworthy examples of Blacks who have worn the cloth of our nation, followed by a presentation of where the country is today in terms of the participation of minority groups and women in the military.

The discussion will also include a look at the admiral’s personal professional history in the Navy that should be fascinating as well as entertaining.

There will be a question and answer session at the end and an opportunity to meet the first African-American Navy SEAL, Master Chief (Retired) William “Bill” Goines.

Date: Saturday, February 8, 2014

Time: 9:00 AM

St. Patrick Catholic School
1000 Bolling Ave
Norfolk, VA 23508

The public is cordially invited to attend and the dress is business casual. Active duty service members are requested to wear Service Dress Blue Uniform or service equivalent.

Speaker Bio
Rear Admiral Harris is a native of Washington D.C. and is a 1981 graduate of James Madison University and earned a Master of Science degree in Operations Analysis from the Naval Postgraduate School.

His sea assignments include tours as commissioning executive officer in USS Benfold (DDG 65), commanding officer USS Comstock (LSD 45) and commander Amphibious Squadron 4/Iwo Jima Strike Group. As a flag officer, he was assigned as the commander, Expeditionary Strike Group 5 from 2009 to 2010 providing Foreign Disaster Relief during the Pakistan Floods of 2010.

Ashore, Harris' assignments include tours at the Navy staff in the Assessment Division (OPNAV N81), the Joint Chiefs of Staff (J-5) and he was a senior fellow in the Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group (SSG XXVI). Harris subsequently served on the Chief of Naval Operations staff as the director, Navy Irregular Warfare Office/Future Concepts from 2010 to 2012 before assuming his current duties.

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