Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Raymond Torres, son of Lillian I. and Ramon L. Torres of Carteret, fellow Sailors and Marines aboard the amphibious transport dock USS New Orleans celebrated Black History Month with a celebration hosted by the ship’s diversity committee.
Today, more than 123, 000 active duty, Reserve and civilian members of the Navy Total Force identify themselves as African American.
In keeping with the nationwide theme of this year’s observance, the focus of the celebration was “Black Women in American History and Culture. ” During the ceremony, Sailors and Marines spoke about influential black women like Oprah Winfrey and Harriet Tubman.
New Orleans and embarked Marines assigned to the 11th Marine MEU are deployed as part of the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group, supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
Torres is a 1998 graduate of Perth Amboy High School and joined the Navy in May 2004.
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