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SPRING 2018

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6 Navy | Spring 2018 HELEN CARSON; PETTY OFFICER 1ST CLASS ACE RHEAUME T echnology is integrated in nearly every facet of our lives. We operate our TVs, lights, tele- phones and automobiles by icons, apps and by voice. Many years ago (I'll not say how many), when I got into the IT business, these were only dreams. Today we see our Navy and its partners in industry and academia working together to find technological solutions to challenges that come with operating in a complex and ever-changing environment. is issue of AUSN's Navy magazine focuses on accelerating capabilities to the fleet, rapid acquisition and prototyping efforts and empow- ering out tech-savvy Sailors to find innovative solutions to the challenges they face. e Navy may be "Forged by the Sea," but it will be powered by education. Just a few weeks ago I had the opportunity to go aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000). e bridge looks more like the Starship Enterprise. Gone is the Combat Information Center and in it's place is the Systems Management Center, where all aspects of normal and general quarters evolutions are managed. Propulsion is electric drive, similar in concept to the "Tin Cans" of the 1920s and '30s, but vastly more efficient and powerful. Her crew of only 130 represents some of the most tech-savvy individuals in the fleet. She's soon to be followed by the USS Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001) and the USS Lyndon B. Johnson (DDG 1002). Many of these advances are being incorporated into current and future construction of the Arleigh Burke-class destroyers as well as new construction of other classes of Navy vessels. Shiing gears a bit, I want to take this opportunity to thank you, our AUSN members, for helping our organization be the voice for America's Sailors. Spring, a time of renewal, is the perfect time for you to get out and about and do some recruiting. Each of you know at least one Navy veteran or active-duty Sailor who is not a member, but should be. Whether active, retired or a Sailor in days past, all can benefit from our efforts, be it our activities in the legislative arena or the informa- tion resources that we have at headquarters or on the website. We rely on your efforts not only in recruiting new members, but in your participation in ongoing activ- ities in your chapter and region. Engage with other members in your chapter; contact your region Presi- dent and see how you may best serve AUSN. It doesn't require a lot of time and is a great opportunity to meet new people and network. Speaking of volunteers, I'd like to recognize RMCM Paul Dillon, USN (Ret). Paul has started the new Nautilus Chapter in the New London, Conn., area. If you're in that area and are interested in joining this chapter, contact Paul for more infor- mation at navret2@aol.com. If you're interested in starting or reinvigorating a chapter, contact me (bradsmgtd@msn.com) or your Regional President listed in the back of this magazine. We'd love to hear from you. ere also are new opportunities to serve AUSN at the national level. My term ends this fall at our Annual Business Meeting, as do those of the national vice presidents. You may be interested in a volunteer position such as National VP-Enlisted Affairs, National VP-Officer Affairs, National VP-Communications, National VP-Reserve Affairs, National VP-Government Relations, National VP-Retired Affairs, or National VP- Membership. ese positions work closely with the headquarters staff as information resources and membership connections. LCDR David M. Bradley, USN (Ret.) AUSN National President VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE Powered by Education The guided-missile destroyer USS Zumwalt, shown at left in the Pacific Ocean in December 2016 with the littoral combat ship USS Independence, is the Navy's most technologically advanced surface ship.

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