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FALL 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 5 Association of the United States Navy I t's been a pretty hectic summer here at AUSN Headquarters with all the things going on on Capitol Hill. e good news is that — thanks to the passage of the Department of Defense appropriations bill before the end of the •scal year — the Navy is well-positioned budget-wise to improve readiness while recapital- izing the -eet with the addition of the COLUMBIA Class SSBN into the inven- tory beginning with the purchase of the •rst hull in 2021. Continuity of funding is vital to ensure the Navy can meet a very tight time- line to replace the aging OHIO Class SSBNs. I believe that the on-time passage of appropriations for DoD also speaks to the strong support from both sides of the aisle on Capitol Hill for defense-related issues. Speaking of the Hill, I would like to welcome Daniel Taylor to our team. He will be •lling the role of Editor of Navy magazine as well as acting as Director of Legislative AŒairs and Communications for AUSN. He has been actively involved in building relationships with Members and their staŒs since his arrival at AUSN and I know he will ensure that our Association and the issues we support are well represented. One recent example of AUSN's eŒectiveness on the Hill is H.R. 299, the Navy Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act, which supports the extension of Agent Orange-related bene•ts to Sailors who were on ships in the vicinity of Vietnam and surrounding waters. AUSN was cited in the press as one of the drivers behind this legislation and we will continue to press for the passage of this important legislation. is is just one of the many issues that your Associ- ation is pursuing on your behalf. We will be providing more information on our eŒorts in Congress in subse- quent issues of Navy magazine. I wanted to also let you know that our Anchor Society campaign is going well, with the •rst wave raising over $33,000 from 53 donors. See our website for more information on becoming a member of this exclusive group. We have also just •nished a two-day development retreat to explore ways in which we can more eŒectively reach out to current and prospective members. Along those lines, we recently completed a scrub of our membership database to ensure accuracy. Finally, it has been my great honor to serve as Chairman of the AUSN Board of Directors since 2013 and the time has come for me to move on. I want to thank you all for the support you have given to your Association and to your Board of Directors as we have worked to make AUSN a viable and eŒective voice of the Sailor. As a Lifetime Benefactor and Member of AUSN, I will continue to be involved with AUSN and add my voice to the "Voice of the Sailor." In the meantime, remember that the survival and vitality of AUSN depends on its membership. Please do your part to help us grow by reaching out to a Navy parent, relative, supporter or a former shipmate and asking them to support our Sailors by joining AUSN. God bless you all! . VADM Lou Crenshaw, USN (Ret.) Chair, AUSN Board of Directors FROM THE BOARD Flag Bridge A Few Major Developments ROBERT CUMMINGS PHOTOGRAPHY; LT. KATHERINE DIENER The Blue crew of the Ohio-class ballistic-missile submarine USS Maryland (SSBN 738) returns to homeport at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Ga., following a strategic deterrent patrol. The boat is one of four ballistic-mis- sile submarines stationed at the base and is capable of carrying up to 20 submarine-launched ballistic missiles with multiple warheads.

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