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The First District is undergoing many changes, along with AUSN, as an organization. However, we aren’t forgetting our roots and one of AUSN’s important missions – supporting members of the Active and Reserve Components.
Shipmates, we here in District Three are looking forward to the commissioning of USS New York (LPD 21) on 7 November. More than seven tons of steel from the twin towers are part of her stem and the ship’s motto is “Never Forget.”
A group from the AUSN Manchester Chapter sponsored a Navy Day at an American Defenders of New Hampshire baseball game held in historic Holman Stadium, Nashua, New Hampshire, on 14 August.
As you may recall, last month, the Fifth District report made reference to district missions, required organization structures, and the types of outreach we, as a professional association, can affect. As you read this report, you should be asking yourself, “Do I know when my District’s 2009 Conference is and am I planning on attending?” In accordance with the current Association Operations Manual, “District officers shall be elected at a District Conference held separately or in conjunction with a NRA (ausn) National Conference and shall serve for a two-year term.”
Shipmates, I’m writing this with the Spring Conference in San Antonio just a few short weeks behind us. Highlights of the conference included insightful “view from the bridge” and “way ahead” comments by RADM Messerschmidt as Commander, Navy Reserve Forces Command (CNRFC) and the muchheralded decision to change the name of our Association . . .these are, indeed, exciting times.
Long after the fleet has left, Navy traditions remain. Fleet Week has occurred annually without fail since 1981 in San Francisco. In 2008, USS Bonhomme Richard, USS Pinckney, and the Coast Guard’s newest cutter, USCGC Bertholf, commissioned two months earlier in Alameda, were the featured vessels.
The First District ended the year with a meeting held at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. After our Tirante Tavern lunch and an update on NRA activities, CDR David Kelly, the PNS Deputy Commander, presented an informative update on shipyard operations. PNS is the Navy’s lead yard supporting Los Angeles and Virginia class submarines. We closed with a base tour highlighting the shipyard’s rich history, capabilities, and state-of-the-art housing facility for our Sailors. The First District is working on additional events this year.
Welcome 2009! Fellow members, recently the District Presidents nominated and elected me to be the new Chair of the District Presidents Council.
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