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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TITLE OF COLUMN HERE 3 Association of the United States Navy H onoring and supporting those who selflessly serve this nation — past and present — is an important mission for AUSN. And we spent a busy June doing just that. We began the month with the Battle of Midway Commemoration Dinner (www. bomcommemoration.org) in the National Capital Region on June 3. AUSN is one of the proud spon- sors of the event, and we were all honored to have Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) ADM John M. Richardson as our guest speaker. Also honoring us with their attend- ance were six World War II veterans from both the Navy and Army Air Corps. is annual commemora- tion dinner was started by former CNO ADM Jay Johnson in 2000 to reflect upon the Navy's proud heritage and to build a renewed awareness of Navy tradition and history, much like what is done on Oct. 13, the Navy's birthday. As you know, at Midway the Navy was substantially outnum- bered and outgunned, but never- theless delivered a decisive blow to the enemy that changed the course of the war. One cannot help but be impressed and give great credit to all the key participants, from Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz and Commander Joseph Rochefort to the battle group commanders. But their decisiveness and cunning would have been for naught had it not been for the courageous aircrews who continually pressed home the attack and consequently sank four enemy aircra carriers despite frightful losses. For more information on the Battle of Midway and practically any other U.S. Navy historical topic, go to www.history.navy.mil, a terrific and interesting resource. Just a week later, I had the privilege of meeting other courageous Sailors, Soldiers, Marines, Airmen and Coast Guard members during the 2018 Depart- ment of Defense Warrior Games, held June 1-9 at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. (dodwarriorgames.com). e Warrior Games were established in 2010 to enhance the recovery and rehabilitation of wounded, ill and injured service members and expose them to adaptive sports. e games encourage them to stay physically active when they return to their local communi- ties, and inspire and promote opportunities for growth and achievement. is year, about 300 athletes competed in 11 sporting events — including swimming, shooting, archery, cycling, track and field, rowing, power liing, sitting volleyball and wheelchair basketball. AUSN's partner, the Navy Safe Harbor Foundation (NSHF), has been supporting the Warrior Games for several years, and this year AUSN and NSHF sponsored some of the Navy training camps and also raised money to help support some of the participants in Colorado Springs. It is always fun and inspiring to see our shipmates competing, and I encourage you to make plans to attend the 2019 Warrior Games June 21-30 in Tampa, Fla. RADM Christopher Cole, USN (Ret.) AUSN National Executive Director FROM THE DESK OF THE NATIONAL EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Eight O'Clock Report Honoring the Past, Supporting the Present AUSN; NAVY SAFE HARBOR FOUNDATION It was a pleasure to meet Chief Petty Officer Javier Santiago at the 2018 Department of Defense Wounded Warrior Games in Colorado Springs. As a member of Team Navy, he competed in sitting volleyball, cycling, track and wheelchair basketball. The Navy Safe Harbor Foundation and AUSN are proud supporters of Team Navy.

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