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6 Navy | Summer 2018 HELEN CARSON N ow that I'm coming to the end of my term as national president of the Association of the United States Navy, I would like to give you a heads up about some of the exciting things on the horizon. Our Annual Business Meeting will take place Oct. 11 and 12 in Alexandria, Va. During that time, we will discuss possible changes that may occur in the organization. In connection with this meeting, we'll also have the opportunity to attend the Navy Birthday Ball Oct. 13 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C. is is a formal ball, so here's the chance to dust off (or alter) that Mess Dress and celebrate the Navy's 243rd birthday. One of the changes we will address is our new close association with the Navy Safe Harbor Foundation. Together we will work closely with the Navy Wounded Warrior – Safe Harbor program to coordinate assistance for wounded, ill and injured Sailors and Coast Guard members and their families. Not only will this associa- tion with the Navy Safe Harbor Foundation give AUSN members more tools in their toolbox to make a differ- ence, it also will enable them to contribute more to their communities by helping other Sailors, no matter their status — active, retired or former. We'll also take a close look at how we are organized and will discuss the methods and means of how we can be more efficient and relevant. Your input as AUSN members is vital. In addition to electing a new president, vice president and treasurer at the meeting, there also will be opportunities for appointed national officers. A Nomination Committee will be appointed and will be accepting applications for the top three elected positions and will forward appointed officer position applications to the newly elected president for their selection. Be on the lookout for application information in an "all-hands" email. By the way, have you ever thought of giving a gift membership to a Navy buddy? The annual cost is nominal, only $20 for enlisted (through E-6) and friends of the Navy, and $40 for E-7 through O-10. With member- ship comes the quarterly Navy magazine, email updates, access to resources and much more. You can't beat the price. I think we have some exciting and productive years ahead, so encourage others to come on aboard. I'm sure they'll enjoy the ride. Cheers, LCDR David M. Bradley, USN (Ret.) AUSN National President VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE Harnessing the Power of Partnerships

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