FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. (NNS) – Sailors and civilians assigned to U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/U.S. 10th Fleet (FCC/C10F) observed African American/Black History month during a ceremony Feb. 21.
Since 1976, every U.S. president has designated the month of February as African American/Black History month. The Navy joins the nation in celebrating the history of African American Sailors and civilians. This year's theme is "African Americans in Times of War," which recognizes the contributions African Americans have made to the nation during times of war from the Revolutionary War to present-day conflicts.
The members of the FCC/C10F multicultural committee offered their own interpretation on this year’s theme. African American Sailors and civilians each read a brief statement, written by another member of the command, about their connection to the Navy and how they reflect on and celebrate African American and Black history during the month of February.
"Throughout the years, we have celebrated the amazing lives and accomplishments of many influential African Americans,” said Information Systems Technician 1st Class Calvin Elmore, FCC/C10F multicultural committee chairman. “This year, I wanted us to change our scope to our local heroes, currently making history. There are people at this command doing amazing things every day and they each have an important role to play in the success of this command and the success of our nation as a whole.”
According to the September 2016 "One Navy Team" memo from Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John M. Richardson, actively being inclusive and open to diverse perspectives will produce leaders and teams who learn and adapt to achieve maximum possible performance, and who achieve and maintain high standards, will be ready for decisive operations and combat.
Since its establishment, FCC/C10F has grown into an operational force composed of more than 15,000 Active and Reserve Sailors and civilians organized into 29 active commands, 40 Cyber Mission Force units, and 29 reserve commands around the globe. FCC serves as the Navy component command to U.S. Strategic Command and U.S. Cyber Command, and the Navy's Service Cryptologic Component commander under the National Security Agency/Central Security Service. C10F, the operational arm of FCC, executes its mission through a task force structure similar to other warfare commanders. In this role, C10F provides support of Navy and joint missions in cyber/networks, cryptologic/signals intelligence and space.
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