AUSN

WINTER 2018

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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TITLE OF COLUMN HERE 3 Association of the United States Navy I t is a pleasure and a privilege to come aboard AUSN as the National Executive Director. I would like to bestow on my predecessor, RADM Robert "Ned" Reilly Jr., USN (Ret.), the traditional "fair winds and following seas" salute as he heads off on a new course in his life. Rob took the association through some very challenging times, including our move from King Street to our new offices on Eisen- hower Avenue in Alexandria, Va. We wish him all the best. I reported aboard the first of January, and am very much looking forward to continuing the progress of AUSN. As many of you know, I also serve as President of the Navy Safe Harbor Foundation (NSHF). at organization, founded in 2009, aims to ensure that every service member is given an opportu- nity for full recovery by supporting the non-medical care of seriously wounded, ill and injured Sailors and Coast Guardsmen and women, and providing resources and support to their families as well. We have helped with financial troubles caused by the many issues associated with wounded warrior cases, paid for transportation for family members that the government does not cover, supported adaptive athletic programs, sponsored family symposia and provided many other things requested by the Navy and Coast Guard Wounded Warrior programs on behalf of their warriors. Since 2013, NSHF has been partnering with AUSN, including occupying an office in AUSN spaces. I am very familiar with the AUSN mission and staff, and very much look forward to expanding the part- nership of AUSN and NSHF. In that regard, I will be looking into introducing the regions to some of the possibilities for the AUSN members to become involved with supporting the Navy Wounded Warrior program. On a strategic level, we will, of course, continue our legislative program, keeping a watchful eye on how the government supports our active-duty and Reserve communi- ties, veterans, retirees and their families. is past year was chal- lenging for our Navy, and we will continue our efforts to help the sea service continue to be the best Navy in the world. Finally, I am espe- cially interested in hearing from you — the members — about ways we can help you get the most from your membership. So please, if you have ideas or questions, let us know. I look forward to working together as we continue to be the voice for America's Sailors. RADM Christopher Cole, USN (Ret.) National Executive Director of AUSN FROM THE DESK OF THE NATIONAL EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AUSN; MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 2ND CLASS ALEX VAN'TLE VEN Eight O'Clock Report Expanding Our Partnership Opportunities Team Navy celebrates after winning the 2017 Warrior Games' sitting volleyball med- al rounds at the United Center in Chicago July 7. Team Navy comprises athletes from Navy Wounded Warrior - Safe Harbor, the Navy's sole organization for coordinating the non-medical care of seriously wounded, ill and injured Sailors and Coast Guard members, providing resources and support to their families.

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