AUSN

SUMMER 2017

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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EVENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS 38 Navy | Summer 2017 AUSN Headquarters Move! New Technically Advanced Spaces By Brian B. Bauman W e're excited to share with all members AUSN's new, state-of-the art facili- ties in Alexandria, Va., just outside of Washington, DC—not far from our former location. AUSN's headquarters building on King Street was our home port for more three decades—and served our mission through some of our nation's proudest and most challenging times. As many of you know, the costs of maintaining our building had been growing beyond our capabilities to manage. Like the lifespan of a ship, reoutfitting funds and modernization capabilities became limited and began to jeopardize our mission to serve our current and future shipmates, so change was neces- sary…and has been on our radar for at least a decade. Our investments in the King Street property have been smartly handled and have matured over the years and the proceeds from the sale of the building will be reinvested and earmarked to provide ample headquarters facilities for many years to come. We are proudly carrying forward the tradition of naming our new facilities the "AUSN Mellish & Weeks Headquarters" aer CAPT Lucille Weeks Mellish and her husband, CDR William Mellish, for their extraordinary dedication and contribu- tions to AUSN over many years. Some of our new features: more than $250,000 in IT and networking infrastructure upgrades provide a variety of cost and time-saving features such as multi-channel video conferencing in our board room and at each work station, an open and airy office environment that encourages increased staff collaboration, a kitchen facility to support the hosting of VIPs and groups, and plentiful work space for visiting members. When you are in the Washington, DC area, we encourage you to stop by—we're ready to welcome you to your new home. n Brian B. Bauman is AUSN's Director of Membership and Marketing. AUSN's (then the Naval Reserve Association) first building at 1619 King St. had previously served the community as housing for Torpedo Factory workers during WWII, as well as other vendors. More than 140 donors contributed between $1,000- $50,000 individually to support the building fund, with special honors to CAPT Lucille Weeks Mellish and her husband CDR William Mellish for their generous contributions. Many thanks to the efforts of CAPT(Ret.) Pat R. Lucci and RADM (Ret.) Jim Forrest (then NRA's ED), along with other members, who traveled around the country to boost support. Photo was taken a few days prior to the office move. 2017

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