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US Navy Names First Black Female Battalion Commanding Officer for NROTC

Kenya Allison was recently appointed Battalion Commanding Officer for the UNC Naval ROTC, making her the first black woman to attain the position. Kenya Allison is a self-proclaimed military brat — military life is all she has known. Growing up, Allison lived all over the world. She watched her father hold leadership positions in the Navy. As her mother went through health struggles, the military helped Allison’s family afford her health care. Allison said this inspired her to one day join the military. “In a way, I always knew I wanted to go into the military,” Allison said. “I’ve seen how much they’ve given me, and I wanted to give back in a way.” Allison, now a senior at UNC, have always admired past occupants of that position and is optimistic about fulfilling her role. The Battalion Commanding Officer is the highest student leadership position within the Naval Reserve Officers Training…