AUSN

SUMMER 2018

Navy magazine is distributed on Capitol Hill,the Pentagon and naval bases around the world. It provides information that impacts Sailors, their families and the Navy. Navy is published quarterly by the Association of the United States Navy (AUSN).

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Legislative Update 12 Navy | Summer 2018 Sequestration AUSN communicated it's support for the subcommittee's efforts to end sequestration in favor of a more respon- sible approach to funding national defense requirements for personnel and other crit- ical programs. Along with the coalition, AUSN stated that the recently passed two-year budget agreement has been a most productive step in the right direction to get Congress back to regular order in terms of a stable budget for planning purposes. AUSN urged Congress to follow defense budgets with commensurate appropriations to provide the necessary funding for the security and defense of the nation. Force Levels AUSN's members have long stressed the need to sustain Navy personnel strengths to maintain the highest levels of national security measures today's world demands. AUSN urged the subcommittee to grow or, at the very least, sustain for now needed personnel strengths in both active and Reserve compo- nents, and to ensure associated funding for approved force levels to meet national security strategy requirements. Uniformed Services' Pay Raise AUSN's members understand first-hand the sacrifices oen required as part of their service to our nation. Our members continue to fight for new ways to create professional opportunities for our Navy personnel and to ensure pay that is commensurate with service and aligned with private-sector wage increases. We further urged the subcom- mittee to support the presi- MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 1ST CLASS JEFFRE Y M. RICHARDSON A USN and other like- minded military and veterans service organizations serve as vigilant guardians of the welfare of our active-duty, veterans and retired military personnel. AUSN has proudly carried the mantle for our ship- mates as "e Voice for America's Sailors" to preserve the benefits that were promised, create opportunities for veterans and to provide for our Navy families on the home front. AUSN's Legislative Department has been evaluating a variety of legis- lation that has come down the pipe- line during the spring months and has announced our organization's support for many of those that make the best sense for our members and the Navy. AUSN was honored to offer our positions on military personnel, family readiness, health care and related topics in conjunction with e Military Coalition recently before the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnel. AUSN's Legislative Team has worked hard to build a powerful voice on Capitol Hill for our organization and, when we're able, to join forces with other organizations to communicate our positions on critical issues. e following is a synopsis of AUSN's positions on the most pressing issues impacting our Sailors, Navy veterans, military families and the strength of our national defense. Making Our Voice Stronger for America's Sailors Senior Chief Electronics Technician Mark Eichenlaub, assigned to the Virginia-class attack submarine USS John Warner, is welcomed home by his family July 11 following completion of a six-month deployment. John Warner returned to its homeport at Naval Station Norfolk, Va., after successfully completing a deployment to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations. AUSN is dedicated to being the "Voice for America's Sailors" and their families on Capitol Hill.

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