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6 Navy | Winter 2017 HELEN CARSON; ASSEMBLYWOMAN MELENDEZ'S OFFICE I became a member in 1979 and little did I know I would reach this position. I held many positions in the Association from chapter, regional and several of the National Vice President positions. When I read Aaron Bresnahan's final "View From e Bridge" I saw a number of similarities in our accession to this level. His com- ments concerning the value of our volunteers (and that's each and every one of you) are more import- ant today than ever. First, I would ask that all of the current volunteer officers remain in their current positions. Second, we're all recruiters and in today's legislative environment, you've plenty of ammunition to convince a friend to join us in ensuring equitable treatment of all our veterans; active, reserve, retired or the Navy veteran receiving VA benefits. I'll also be contacting each of the Regional Presidents to get their assessment on how I may be of service. In this issue, we address the Navy's involvement in installations and the energy/environment. On a week- ly basis, I see examples of the Navy's effort to protect the environment at Naval Base, San Diego, 32nd Street. I am a docent on a restored Vietnam-era Swi Boat that runs at the Maritime Museum on weekends, and we see examples of the Navy's environmental steward- ship from the encapsulation of areas being sanded or painted, to floats around each ship, preventing dis- charge from invading the harbor. e Navy's "Green Fleet" concept, while initially expensive, will lead to better and more economical solutions and will, no doubt, be copied by industry. We need your feedback. All of our activities and efforts don't originate at AUSN HQ; we elicit and re- spond to member comments and requests, so it's very important that you keep all your contact information up to date. If you don't, it will cost AUSN. A recent mailing by one of our regions resulted in more than 125 bad addresses. Finally, as I now "have the Conn," maintain the present course and speed (for now). I expect we'll soon increase speed and probably have some minor course changes. Carry On. LCDR David M. Bradley, USN (Ret.) National President of AUSN VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE AUSN Welcomes New President! David M. Bradley met up with Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Steven Giordano at the 2016 Winter Gala in Washington, D.C., and discussed the ratings issue at length. AUSN President David M. Bradley was presented the Veteran of the Year award by the Honorable Assem- blywoman Melissa A. Melendez, ( R ) 67th Assembly District, Calif., at a meeting of the Menifee City Council.

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