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TITLE OF COLUMN HERE 3 Association of the United States Navy S hipmates, I am humbled and very proud to report that I have joined the ranks of your stellar AUSN staff as of July 1. My thanks to Garry Hall for his tireless efforts as my predecessor…Garry, knowing you have stepped up to the plate, this time as a member of our executive branch, is so very indicative of your history of service to our country. I am grateful that my duties include the opportunity to both serve and also spend time with our Sailors and those who support them on the home front – what an honor. Since my arrival on the staff, our Navy has commis- sioned two new notable warships — USS John Finn (DDG 113) and the nuclear aircra carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78). Sadly, these events were overshadowed by the tragic loss of seven ship- mates aboard USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) and 10 Sailors aboard USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) – both stark reminders of the many inherent dangers which come with plying the ocean commons in defense of our nation. I also spent the week of July 10 in San Diego at the Surface Warfare Retired Flag Officers Conference, hosted by VADM Tom Rowden (Commander Naval Surface Forces), and later participated in the Surface Navy Association's West Coast Symposium at Naval Station San Diego. ere, I joined our shipmates National President David Bradley, Southwest Regional President Joe Quaglino, and National Vice President for Membership Loren Page to man our exhibit booth and talk to Sailors about AUSN's mission and our many membership benefits. San Diego also brought back vivid memories as a new Ensign in the summer of 1975. I attended a series of fleet schools prior to reporting to my first ship, the Naval Reserve Force (NRF) destroyer USS Edson (DD 946) at the Long Beach Naval Shipyard. Edson served to provide me with a solid foundation for over three decades of naval service. It was aboard this ship that I would be blessed to work with my first Divisional Chief Petty Officer, ETC Jesse Gudmundson, my first work center supervisor QM1 Kevin Kinnaly, and others; all working to turn around a tired ship with a history of consecutive Vietnam deployments. And soon, we as a nation will mark 16 years of combat deployments since the attacks of 9-11. We are an organization in transition with a number of key strategic decisions to make about AUSN's future. at is an "All Hands" evolu- tion that will require the same level of commitment that our Sailors are making under the kind of conditions many of us experienced during our Navy careers. I hope you will join us, in person or in spirit, at our Annual Business Meeting Oct. 19-20 to help AUSN "Chart the Course" for future success. I have the privilege to working with the AUSN staff and you all to find new and exciting ways to support today's Sailors, each of whom face a much different set of challenges in a much faster-paced world — and with a far more complex and ever-evolving threat landscape. I look forward to working with you all in taking our mission of being "e Voice of America's Sailors" to newer and higher heights. Our shipmates deserve our untiring support, and so much more. In abiding service, RADM Robert D. "NED" Reilly, Jr., USN (Ret.) FROM THE DESK OF THE NATIONAL EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR PHOTO COURTESY OF U.S. NAVY Eight O'Clock Report ALFA STATION: REPORTING FOR DUTY NED – then DESRON 50 - learning aircraft maintenance from the experts while aboard USS Enterprise (CVN 65) in the Arabian Gulf in 1998.

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