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6 Navy | Fall/Winter 2017 HELEN CARSON; MONTE LARSEN O ver the past year I've had the opportunity to meet and talk to some impres- sive people: leaders in our government, including Senator Sullivan of Alaska, Democratic Leader Pelosi of California, the Commandant of the Marine Corps, admirals, the Captain of the USS Zumwalt as well as several defense industry leaders and Malta's ambassador to Italy, Vanessa Frazier. All good people, and devoted to their respec- tive professions. e most satisfying discussions I've had over the past year, though, have been with our Sailors at the various conferences and events that I've attended. I'm impressed with the matu- rity and dedication of these individuals. From the young cadre of the local NJROTC to the BM3 and midshipmen at a Surface Navy Associa- tion meeting, the pilots and aircrews at the annual Tail- hook event (some tested in combat), and the Association of Naval Aviation meeting. In my discussions with them, it's apparent that while they are dedicated and, for the most part, career orientated, they are not fully aware of many of the benefits available to them from either the military or our Association. ough they may be an accomplished boatswain's mate, pilot, or Engineering Officer, they're not always aware of how to ensure that they are ready for the next promotion, the ins and outs of PCS moves, or the inner workings of the Survivor Benefit Program, to name a few. e Association of the United States Navy can provide that information and guidance; our headquar- ters team is in the process of developing an informa- tion kit that will provide you with these tools. While many of you aren't located near a major Navy installation, there should be a NOSC (Navy Operational Support Center), formerly known as Naval Reserve Centers, nearby that we could offer your services as a subject matter expert. If you're unsure of whom to contact, let us know and we'll provide information. LCDR David M. Bradley, USN (Ret.) National President of AUSN VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE AUSN President's First Year Meeting Leaders from Coast to Coast Connect with AUSN Through Social Media Association of the United States Navy @AUSNTweets AUSN Christmas Ornament presented to Ambassador Frazier

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