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TITLE OF COLUMN HERE 3 Association of the United States Navy FROM THE DESK OF THE NATIONAL EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR W elcome to 2017! We are looking forward to an exciting year here at AUSN headquarters. 2016 was year of progress and recognition for AUSN that has laid the groundwork for growth in 2017. Progress in that our Navy magazine con- tinues to garner rave reviews, our increased social me- dia presence and refined website keep our membership informed on what matters most: the rights and benefits affecting Sailors, Veterans and retirees. Our end of year electronic and social media campaign: "All I want for Christmas is my rating back" generated membership, donations and an appreciation for our commitment to our Sailors. Your voice on this travesty of ill- thought change was heard. AUSN is punching above its weight. Punching above our weight is clearly evident by our legisla- tive activity. We have had meaningful meetings with follow-on action with the VA Secretary and the House Minority Leader. We were also involved in a round table with the Presidential Transition Team and our AUSN voice was heard and acknowledged. We expect to continue to have influence on the new 115th Con- gress. As it should be, AUSN has friends and advo- cates on both sides of the aisle. e new administration has stated their desire to strengthen our military. ey will quickly learn how our infrastructure is in dire need of funding and focus. is makes this issue of Navy timely and relevant as we focus on the Navy's Installations Command. On a sad note, I share with you the passing of Life- time member CAPT Richard Bowers. CAPT Bowers made a concerted effort to support AUSN and in his financial planning he bequeathed us with a $25,000.00 USAA insurance policy. His thoughtfulness and belief in AUSN makes a difference in our role as the "Voice of America's Sailors" on Capitol Hill. Follow CAPT Bowers' lead and consider including AUSN in your finan- cial giving. Every dollar makes a difference to our members and Sailors. As we close out 2016 we see positive trends in fund rais- ing, membership outreach and growth, cost controls and legisla- tive action. ese important indi- cators are pointing up, but there is more work to be done. We look forward to the fruits of our efforts in 2016 paying off in 2017. Enjoy this issue of Navy and may 2017 be a happy, healthy and prosperous year for all our members. RADM Garry E. Hall, USN (Ret.) National Executive Director of AUSN COURTESY OF AUSN; HEIDI J. LENZINI; MC1 JUSTIN STUMBERG Garry Hall, legislative intern Kelly Macfarland, and AUSN CFO Mimi Pollow assist during the 2017 Surface Navy Association's Symposium. Eight O'Clock Report Progress in 2016 – Growing in 2017! Sailors assigned to the guided-missile destroy- er USS Carney (DDG 64) stand at attention during a ceremony at the Villefrance-sur-Mer War Memorial. S N A P S H O T

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