Washington, DC (PRWEB) March 14, 2007 -
A newly launched website, Blackmilitaryworld.com, is offering a new perspective on what it is to be African-American in the U.S. military. The site, created by Retired Navy Commander Gregory A. Black , was developed through a desire to inform and educate the wider public about the Black Military experience.
ÂFor more than three years, the United States has been fighting wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Yet, unless members of the public have family members or friends serving, they are -- for the most part -- unaware of the effect of the conflicts on the soldiers or issues of concern to those who serve,Â says Gregory A. Black, developer of Blackmilitaryworld.com.
ÂWhat amazes me is how little we know about the military, yet more and more, we blindly send many of our Âbest and brightestÂ each year to serve,Â he said. ÂWe have realized that people really want to know and this website provides a critical element in bridging the gap.Â
Black, a former Navy Diver and 21-year veteran, recognized that African-American veterans need easily accessible information on a range of military-related issues, a means for them to connect with each other, and a forum to voice their opinions and concerns.
Blackmilitaryworld.com also honors and highlights the significant accomplishments of Black service personnel in the U.S. Military, in addition to the news, information and statistics it offers.
It is the first website of its kind to offer relevant daily news and information on a wide range of issues that affect, and are important to, African Americans serving in the U.S. military. The website also focuses on Black military history which has been all but forgotten in textbooks.
The website is one of the fastest growing Black information websites in the nation. To date, almost 100,000 visitors from all 50 states and several countries have logged on to the site.
"As I was researching information for a speech that I was preparing to deliver to a fraternal organization, I ÂaccidentallyÂ ran across the Black Military World site,Â said Retired US Army Reserve Lieutenant Colonel Ivann E. Greene. ÂNot only was I happily surprised that I had found a site specifically dedicated to our brothers and sisters in arms, but I have found a site that is honest in commentary, perspective and in scope. Kudos to Commander Black for having the foresight and the wherewithal to make this site a reality."
Greene agrees with Black and others that the website -- which was launched several months ago Â is uniquely positioned to positively impact the military and non-military alike.
The military experience should not be foreign to African-Americans because it has played a critical role in black progress. For many years, the military has been regarded as a viable career option by significant numbers of African-Americans. It has afforded service personnel a guaranteed route to education, training, and a means to advance socially and economically.
Blacks Â who make up about 13 percent of the American population Â are now a notable segment of the all-volunteer army. Overall, nearly 500,000 blacks serve in military and civilian positions with the Department of Defense. Also, African-Americans account for almost one-quarter of all enlisted personnel and comprise more than one-third of the militaryÂs ground forces.
ÂGiven that reality,Â Black said, Âit behooves African-Americans to be familiar with and aware of how the military functions.Â
"ItÂs a breath of fresh air to see a website dedicated to Blacks in relationship to the military,Â said military veteran Geno Pierson, of the Buffalo Soldier Trooper Motorcycle Club of Chicago. ÂSome people don't or refuse to hear some of the things African Americans have to go through while serving our great country.
ÂTrust me, some people couldn't imagine what military personnel have seen or had to do in defense of our country."
Black said he hopes to receive an increasing level of support from the Department of Defense. That desire notwithstanding, he says he is satisfied with the websiteÂs growth and expects it to become the go-to site for large numbers of military personnel.
ÂAlthough we support DoD, our goal is to honor and recognize the Black military experience,Â he said. ÂThis website is not just for Blacks or military personnel but for anyone interested in learning about this proud aspect of our existence.Â
About Commander Gregory A. Black
CDR (Ret.) Black is a 21 year veteran of the U.S. Navy where he served as a Diving Officer and Surface Warfare Officer. A native of Owensboro, Kentucky, Black was an All-State football player and attended Eastern Kentucky University on a football scholarship. After college he entered the Navy. Since his retirement in 1980, he has taught Navy High School NJROTC, and published a news-magazine for Blacks in the U.S. military. He is also a polished speaker and Black Military historian, who has published several articles on the Black Military experience.
Commander Gregory A. Black