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6 Navy | Summer 2017 HELEN CARSON; AUSN I had mentioned in an earlier column how important it is for each one of us to be a recruiter for AUSN. I've found that at many of the conferences that I've attended that many are not familiar with AUSN or its mission. I know that many of you are members of other Veterans Service Organizations such as the VFW, American Legion, ROA, MOAA, etc. Do you talk about AUSN to others at their meetings? Do you mention that one of our primary missions is the preservation of and lobbying for their entitle- ments and benefits? Do you have membership applica- tions on hand? Unfortu- nately, the answers to these questions is probably not. Maybe we haven't given you the right tools. One of the best tools is the afore mentioned application. is tri-fold has all the facts and answers many questions about AUSN. Please contact HQ and request a packet of applications. I'm also asking HQ to send several packets of applications to each of our Regional Presi- dents for their distribution. Another way you can support AUSN is by attending Navy and maritime-related conferences and maybe participate in manning an AUSN booth. Out here in the SW Region we regularly attend Tailhook (Sept. 7-10) which is rich in potential recruits as there are always a plethora of junior officers. Joe Quaglino and I recently attended the Surface Navy Association confer- ence in San Diego with our new Executive Director, Rob Reilly. Rob (who likes to be referred to as "NED") was everywhere and anywhere and I'm sure twisted many arms. AUSN was also in attendance at the recent commissioning of the USS Rafael Peralta (DDG 115) and had the opportunity to meet Gen. Robert B. Neller, USMC, Commandant of the Marine Corps. ere are many opportunities for all of us to attend these confer- ences and events and we'll be promulgating the events and dates through the magazine and emails with a POC for each. Come out and support these activities. In October, we'll be having the annual Board of Directors and Business meeting. For the first time, we'll have a bi-coastal event, held simultaneously at HQ and at the Wyndham Bayside in San Diego. We've secured an attractive rate well below the normal rate. While the meeting is sched- uled for Oct. 19-20, the rate applies three days before and aer. An interesting program has been arranged, even including a harbor tour aboard a restored Vietnam-era Swi Boat. More detailed infor- mation is in the magazine, on our website, and will also be emailed to you directly. anks for your support! RECRUITE! LCDR David M. Bradley, USN (Ret.) National President of AUSN VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE We Need YOU Aboard! Actively Engaging in Recruiting USS Rafael Peralta (DDG 115) was commissioned in San Diego July 29, and AUSN's National President David Bradley was there to represent! Dave said that it was a "moving ceremony, especially since I have a grandson that's a Marine Corporal in SpecOps." He also had chance to meet the Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. Robert B. Neller.

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