NAVAIR’s Very Own Heroine

by Brandy Ajose

Congratulations to NAVAIR’s Adrienne Somerville — Commander, Fleet Readiness Centers, National Business Operations Director, AIR-6.1. Ms. Somerville received the Public Sector Heroine Award from the March of Dimes at their annual Heroines of Washington Gala on November 02, 2017, for her outstanding community service. The March of Dimes Heroines of Washington recognizes and honors working women in various public and private sectors within the DC Metro Area for their commitment to community service.

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Ms. Somerville is the founder and President of the Carolyn E. Parker Foundation, an organization dedicated to community outreach and serving the underserved communities of Southern Maryland. Her work affirms the organization’s philosophy, “the elderly will be supported, the youth will be educated, the hungry will be fed, the unclothed will be covered, and the impoverished will be restored.”

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Ms. Somerville was honored for her private sector commitment to community service through her foundation. Her organization is dedicated to educating those less fortunate; providing services and resources to the homeless and underprivileged; and mentoring economically disadvantaged youth. The foundation provides dozens of school-aged girls after-school meals; college and career preparation; self-empowerment training; financial management mentoring; and dresses to attend their significant dances. Additionally, her foundation’s “Dining like Divas” etiquette training helped young women learn how to be graceful, display self-respect, and conduct themselves like royalty. Furthermore, the organization also led “Project Warm”, which helped feed and clothe countless numbers of homeless men, women, and children in the community. Ms. Somerville continues to serve her community through her Foundation, while also serving her NAVAIR community with the same determination and dedication.

As NAVAIR’s previous Talent Management Program Manager, Ms. Somerville designed integrative tactics for workforce skills planning and management. She provided NAVAIR leadership the means to identify skill gaps and to target training resources and meet program requirements. Prior to that role, she was an expert in contracting competence in Naval Acquisition for several decades. Adrienne’s leadership and expertise has greatly contributed to the Department of Navy Acquisitions Workforce.

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