In observance of Juneteenth, the office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Manpower and Reserve Affairs (ASN (M&RA)) released a video message from the Department of the Navy’s (DON) Chief Diversity Officer Mr. Robert D. Hogue.
While the holiday offers the opportunity to celebrate resilience, resistance, and liberation, Hogue believes it is important to note that although General Granger spoke in Galveston not just of freedom, but "an absolute equality of personal rights," absolute equality was not immediately realized.
Despite all that, and even when confronted with threats of violence and death, African American leaders and activists created institutions of higher learning, local governance, the arts, faith, and more.
Hogue believes these successes were built on the struggles and achievements of those who went before, and secured by the blood shed during the Civil War; that the great price this country has paid to ensure freedom must be matched by a commitment to the American ideal of equality for all. He says Juneteenth calls us to recognize both the sacrifices made and the remarkable achievements, so that our country can move forward fully mindful of its past.
Hogue currently serves as the acting DON ASN (M&RA) as well as the principal deputy assistant secretary (M&RA). In this role, he is responsible for the overall supervision and oversight of DON manpower and reserve component affairs, including the development of programs and policy related to military personnel (active, reserve, retired), their family members, and the civilian workforce. He oversees the DON’s office of equal employment opportunity; sexual assault prevention program office; naval education; manpower, analytics, and human resources systems; diversity, equity, and inclusion; and DON’s lifecycle management of senior executives across the department.
For more information about ASN (M&RA) Mr. Robert D. Hogue, visit https://www.secnav.navy.mil/mra/Pages/default.aspx or https://www.secnav.navy.mil/donhr/About/Senior-Executives/Biographies/Hogue,%20R.pdf
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