• Rear Admiral Stephen Barnett

    Rear Adm. Stephen D. Barnett is a native of Columbia, Tennessee. He is an alumnus of Tennessee State University, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, and Troy State University where he earned a Master of Business Administration. He earned his commission at Aviation Officer Candidate School in 1991.

    At sea, Barnett reported to Patrol Squadron (VP) 46 stationed at Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island as a naval flight officer. He also served as the operations department administration officer onboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), and as department head for VP-5 stationed at Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville, Florida. As commanding officer of VP-47 stationed at Kaneohe, Hawaii, he led the squadron on a simultaneous deployment to Japan and Iraq, executing more than 250 missions in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. During his tour, the squadron completed more than 950 sorties comprising 5,000 hours.


    His assignments ashore include serving as a detailer at the Bureau of Naval Personnel, directing the assignments of more than 1,000 naval aviators; naval flight officer instructor for VP-30, NAS Jacksonville; assistant Joint Requirements Oversight Council Secretariat, assisting in the evaluation and development of joint force requirements on the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Barnett served as senior program analyst for Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV N80), he monitored naval aviation’s $137 billion annual budget, and as deputy executive assistant to the Vice Chief of Naval Operations. Additional assignments include deputy director of the Resource Management Division for the Chief of Naval Operations (Manpower Personnel, Training, and Education), commanding officer of Naval Base Coronado, California, as chief of staff for Commander, Navy Region Southeast and Commander, Navy Installations Command and deputy commander, Navy Installations Command. Barnett’s first flag officer assignment was as commander, Navy Region Northwest.

    Barnett assumed command as commander, Navy Region Southwest in July 2021.

    Last Updated: 16 September 2021







    Brother Levi Watkins, 11-BO-63Fa, Ambassors 15, will be an honoree of the Trumpet Awards Show in medicine on Sunday 8th at 8:00 pm EDT on TV One.




    Longwood appoints new director of Diversity and Inclusion

    May 31, 2011


    Dr. Jamie R. Riley, whose background in student affairs includes teaching, research andJamie Riley counseling, is Longwood University's new director of Diversity and Inclusion.

    Riley, who will start July 11, will direct the office known formerly as the Office of Multicultural Affairs. At the University of Georgia, where he recently earned a Ph.D., Riley had been a doctoral intern for assessment and evaluation in University Housing since June 2008. He worked previously at Morehouse College, Western Kentucky University (WKU), and DeVry University-Atlanta.

    "In addition to his strong background in student affairs, Dr. Riley brings a wide range of experiences," said Cameron Patterson, interim administrator for diversity and inclusion. "At the University of Georgia, he taught a master's level course on multicultural practices in the Student Affairs administration and conducted research on racism, discrimination, racial prejudice, and self-efficacy among African American males. During his career, he has helped to institute numerous programs at Western Kentucky including a student diversity institute; leadership and staff development programming at Morehouse; and a mentorship program at DeVry that focused on enhancing leadership and success among male students."

    Riley received a doctorate in counseling and human development services from the University of Georgia on May 13. His dissertation was "Racism, Discrimination and Prejudice: Through the Voices of Undergraduate Black Men at Predominately White Institutions."

    He was a residence hall director at Morehouse College in Atlanta (2007-08), coordinator of student life at DeVry University-Atlanta in Decatur, Ga. (2006-07), a leadership program  specialist at WKU (2005-06), and assistant director of the 100 Kings Institute program of the Nashville-based organization 100 Black Men of Middle Tennessee (2004).

    "I am extremely excited about working with the Longwood family to not only ensure that each student, staff and faculty member feels a sense of comfort and belonging," Riley said, "but also to ensure that the cultural and human differences that make us each unique are areas of celebration and opportunities for learning and growth as we each develop into stronger citizen leaders. Go Lancers!"

    Riley has a B.S. in organizational administration and planning and an M.Ed. in educational leadership, with a concentration in administration and supervision, both from Tennessee State University. He is a Cincinnati native.

    The reorganization of what is now the Office of Diversity and Inclusion began during the fall 2010 semester, and the name change was announced Feb. 9 to the campus community. Following the departure of Lonnie Calhoun, who had been director of multicultural affairs and international student services, Onie McKenzie, associate dean for student affairs, and Cameron Patterson, a 2010 Longwood graduate, assumed leadership of the office.

    The programs and services offered by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion are available to all students but will specifically support those whose ethnicity, race, sex, gendered identity, age, religion, ability status, and/or sexuality are under-represented. The office also will look to provide training, advising, programming, and services that promote inclusion, pluralism, and multicultural competency of students in their preparation as citizen leaders in a complex global  community.


  • New year brings new leadership to Neely’s Bend Middle School
    Veteran educator Phillip Hammonds to lead school
    PhillipNASHVILLE, Tenn. (Jan. 3, 2012) – The new year means changes to the instructional leadership team for Neely’s Bend Middle School, part of Metro Nashville Public Schools. Phillip Hammonds, assistant principal at McMurray Middle, will move into the executive principal role at Neely’s Bend.
    “Mr. Hammonds has shown his commitment to middle school education and is dedicated to our middle school transformation process,” said Dr. Lora Hall, associate superintendent of middle schools. “We are excited to see what he will bring to his new role in the new year.”
    Hammonds began his career in Metro Schools as a language arts teacher. He has served at Antioch Middle, J.T. Moore Middle, McKissack Middle, Stratford High and McMurray Middle schools, serving in various positions that include classroom teacher, coach, athletic business manager, principal designee, team leader, Title I coordinator, and interim principal to assistant principal. He has worked with various initiatives that include International Baccalaureate (IB), Professional Development Schools (PDS), Smaller Learning Communities (SLCs) and Fast ForWord (FFW). 
    Hammonds holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Tennessee State University, as well as a master’s and specialist degrees in administration and supervision. He is near completion of the doctoral program. 
  • Brother Rutledge  elected to Michigan House of Representatives


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    Greg CarrBro. Greg Carr Named Howard University Afro Studies Chair


    Congratulations to our fellow Beta Omicron brother, Dr. Greg Carr!  On Tuesday July 21, 2009, Bro. Carr was named Howard University Afro Studies Chair.  We wish you continued success!









    S. Allen Counter


    Harvard Addresses Accusations of Racial Profiling By Campus Police
    In 2004 S. Allen Counter, a professor of neuroscience at Harvard University, was stopped by campus police when they mistook him for a suspect in a robbery.  Several other incidents have occurred in recent years in which the mostly white university police force was accused of racial profiling.  Last fall, a black high school student who worked at Harvard claimed that the campus police pointed a gun at him while he was trying to unlock his bicycle.

    Now a committee, which was appointed by Harvard president Drew Faust to look into the practices of the campus police, has recommended that the University appoint an independent public safety ombudsman to investigate complaints against the police.  The committee also called for the establishment of an advisory committee made up of students, faculty, and administrators who would meet quarterly with public safety officials to discuss police/community relations.
    Source: The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education


    Harvey JohnsonBro. Harvey Johnson elected Mayor of Jackson, Mississippi once again

    After receiving the largest number of votes in the Democratic Primary for Mayor of Jackson, Mississippi, former two-term mayor Harvey Johnson, Jr. handily won the Democratic Primary runoff with city councilman Marshand Crisler on Tuesday May 19, 2009.  Despite being outspent 4-to-1, Bro. Johnson won by a margin of almost 2-to-1.  On June 2, 2009, Bro. Johnson defeated Republican challenger George Lambus and four other independent candidates to secure the office of Mayor of Jackson during the General Election!
    The keynote speaker at the 2004 BO Homecoming Luncheon and a $1,000 BO monument donor, Bro. Johnson became the first African-American mayor of Jackson in 1997 and served two successful terms.  News stories regarding his recent Election and Democratic Primary victories can be found at and  For more information on Bro. Johnson and to support his cause, visit his website at  Let's congratulate Bro. Johnson for his hard fought and well-earned victory!