February 28th, 2012
- Captain Jesse A. Wilson Jr., Commodore of Destroyer Squadron 23, spoke to the crew of the USS CURTS upon the occasion of Black History Month about the importance of recognizing individuals whose selflessness and hard work have led to great advances for both their culture and the United States. Captain Wilson is a 1986 graduate of the United States Naval Academy, where he seemed a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics. In 1991 he attended the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California earning a Master’s of Science Degree in Operations Research.
Commodore Wilson spoke to the crew about the importance of striving to reach one’s full potential, and that with dedication and hard work nothing is impossible. Captain Wilson then spoke about the importance of diversity. The fact that we are all unique individuals with so much diversity is what makes our Navy so great and work so well, a true “Global Force for Good”. He related his first experience of how one’s life accomplishments can instill the same drive and will to succeed in others. During his speech he spoke of Dr. Charles R. Drew and his accomplishments towards developing improved techniques to store blood as well as developing large-scale blood banks during World War II. Captain Wilson also told the crew about Otis Boykin, an African-American inventor and engineer who developed variable resistors which are used in today’s guided missiles. Captain Wilson’s speech was both moving and inspiring. The crew certainly walked away with a newfound outlook on the importance of maintaining a diverse military and how critical each and every sailor of the CURTS is to mission success”. The Black History Month Celebration culminated with a special meal and cake cutting ceremony. CURTS also commemorated the event in presenting Commodore Wilson with a birthday cake to celebrated his birthday.