Breaking the Barrier – CAPT Pete Tzomes


CAPT Pete Tzomes

This is the inspiring story of the Navy’s first black officer to command a U.S. submarine. His name is Pete Tzomes, and his journey is chronicled by MC2 Patrick House in All Hands Magazine. The article includes video of CAPT Tzomes as he describes the challenges he faced when racial tensions were high and expectations were low.

(Click on CAPT Tzomes’ picture to read the inspiring story.)

The discussion also mentions the Centennial Seven – the only African American men to command submarines within the first 100 years of the submarine service. Click here to read a brief biography of each of these pathfinders.

Many men and women have stood – and will stand – on the broad shoulders of these officers who led the way in difficult times. They are our heroes of the week.

(Thanks to Michael for sending the story.)


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