8 The Hampton Roads Messenger
Volume 5 Number 11 Life Celebration of Master Chief Carl M. Brashear
On July 25th, 2011, Captain Stuppard, Commander, Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek - Fort Story hosted the 'Life Celebration' of Master Chief Carl M. Brashear at the Brashear Conference Center. Serving as the keynote speaker of the event was the Honorable L. Douglas Wilder, former Governor of the State of Virginia and the first elected African-American Governor in the United States. Additional remarks were also given by Admiral John C. Harvey, Commander, United States Fleet Forces Command; Rear Admiral Frank A. Morneau, Deputy Director, Expeditionary Warfare Division, Office of Chief of Naval Personnel; Mr. James McArthur, Jr., Vice President of the Lockheed Martin Center for Innovation; and Master Chief, Master Diver (retired) J. Lemount King. Serving as the Mistress of Ceremonies was WTKR Channel 3 in Hampton Roads' own Bianca Martinez. Photos courtesy of Glenda Arrington
John C. Harvey, Jr., Commander United States Fleet Forces commented that "The fact is that Master Chief Brashear, as immensely talented as he was, had to fight the Navy every step of the way to bring those talents to bear for the Navy. Coming into our Navy in 1947 and serving until 1978, Master Chief Brashear served his career at a time when he loved the Navy much more than the Navy loved him"
Tyler Brasher, Grandson of Carl Brashear, reads Poem "A True Hero"
Glenda Arrington, director of the event.
Mr. James McArthur, Jr., VP of Lockheed Martin Center for Innovation. Mr. McArthur reflected on the life of Carl Brashear and provided remarks of appreciation for being a part of the celebration.
Rear Admiral Morneau, Deputy Directory, Expeditionary Warfare Division, Office of Chief of Naval Personnel, who spoke of his diving career and the honor of becoming an honorary Master Chief.
The Honorable L. Douglas Wilder
DaWayne Brashear, VP of the Carl Brashear Foundation
Phillip Brashear, President of the Carl Brashear Foundation
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