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A family affair
This issue of Navy focuses on the service, strength and resilience of the Navy family. Mrs. Jonathan Greenert, wife of Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Jonathan Greenert, USN, truly understands these traits. In an article published in Military Times1, she stated that “for every Sailor who deploys overseas to stand watch over our freedom, there is a family that selflessly serves alongside.

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A salute to military Veterans
This month’s issue of Navy magazine salutes military Veterans as a whole, in particular, our Navy Veterans. As most of you are aware, a military Veteran is one who has served in the U.S. armed forces, especially one who has served in combat. The term is most often applied to those who have served for an entire career, usually 20 years or more; but someone who has only served one tour of duty has also earned the right to be called Veteran.

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Recognizing special people
Sailors of the United States Navy are special people–– whether they wear the gold chin strap of a commissioned officer, the black chin strap of a chief petty officer or the beloved “dixie cup” that the rest of the force wears.

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A salute to the submarine force
Turtle, Alligator, Hunley, Holland, Nautilus, Thresher ... all names of note in submarine history. This month, as it begins its 114th year, we salute the U.S. Navy’s submarine force. In concert with that, I thought it would be interesting to highlight a few of those names.

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In just 12 seconds...
...and 120 feet, the first human beings took to the air. That’s “Wright!” It was 17 December 1903 in Kill Devil Hills, near Kitty Hawk, NC, where Wilbur and Orville Wright made the first flight of an airplane, thus giving birth to aviation and the seeds of naval aviation.

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Why volunteer? Why not?
Since the changeover in name and governance from NRA to AUSN, I have seen the volunteering spirit of our membership fall dramatically. This is terribly disappointing to me. Many, if not all of you, volunteered to become a part of the U.S. Navy. Why not volunteer to assist AUSN in furthering its vision of being the leading voice for America’s Sailors and the premier advocate for a strong Navy just as you did when we were the NRA.

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Thank you, Navy families

Thank you to the membership for placing your trust and confidence in me by electing me as the 33rd President of this Association. As I am the first Senior Enlisted member to lead AUSN, I am proud and elated to be offered the opportunity to advance our goals while faithfully representing you as a member of the Board of Directors and as a working partner with our Executive Director.

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Thank you, AUSN!
Fall is upon us and with it comes change. Fall also brings the annual celebration of the Navy’s birthday, and Veterans Day where we take time to celebrate and thank the many veterans who have sacrificed so much to secure and protect our freedoms.

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Celebration, change and uncertainty
These are interesting times. Like many of you, my life has been filled with celebration, change and uncertainty. We celebrated my oldest son’s high school graduation, having my daughter home from Villanova for a few weeks and watching my younger son grow through his Philmont experience with the Boy Scouts.

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Summer has arrived
Summer has arrived and with it we face the ongoing challenges of budgets and possible sequestration, and the excitement of political campaigns leading to national elections in the fall. The headquarters staff at AUSN has been busy over the past two months...

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A call to action!
At AUSN, we are optimistic that we will continue to grow our membership, cultivate new corporate sponsors and expand the services that we provide to the entire Navy family.

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We are the United States Navy and I am a United States Sailor

Your Association has been busy during the two months since our last issue of Navy. AUSN is “your” association, advocating for the Navy, everything from airplanes and ships, to pay and benefits.

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Happy holidays – A well-deserved break!

December is a time of joy and celebration as we share the holiday season with our friends and families. People travel from faraway places to relax, spend time together, reflect on the past, share the holiday spirit, and ring in the New Year. As joyous as that sounds, there will be a number of our Navy families who are apart over the holidays while their Sailor is serving somewhere around the world to make it safe and secure for the rest of us. We can never say thank you loud enough or often enough to all of these brave men and women.

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President's Message: Remembrance and thanksgiving

November is a time of remembrance and thanksgiving. Just look on the calendar and see that we celebrate Veterans Day and Thanksgiving this month. On Veterans Day, we remember and honor those who have served, and in too many cases, have given their lives, to secure and ensure our freedom. Thanksgiving, or Thanksgiving Day as it is called by many, is a joyous festival celebrated with friends and family to express thanks for the many material and spiritual blessings that we enjoy every day.

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President's Message: Happy birthday!
Happy 236th Birthday, United States Navy! Happy birthday to the entire Navy family, to the many Sailors and civilians serving today, the many Navy veterans and retirees who have served in the past, and to the many family members who have supported their Sailor's service.

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Successful leaders are successful mentors
The AUSN 2011 National Conference in New Orleans was a huge success. There is no place on earth like “The Big Easy.”

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Navy women and submarines
August 2011 - Navy By RADM Timothy D. Moon, USN (Ret) The theme of the July Navy magazine was women in the Navy and I missed a golden opportunity...

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Summer is here
July 2011 - Navy By RADM Timothy D. Moon, USN (Ret) Welcome to summer! Summer does not officially arrive until June 21st – but it is surel...

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Back to our roots
June 2011 - Navy by RADM Timothy D. Moon, USN (Ret) Congratulations to Seal Team SIX and all of the many men and women from all of the services a...

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A New Season
May 2011 - Navy By RADM Timothy D. Moon, USN (Ret) Spring has finally arrived! It surely came in with a bang as we continued to experience devasta...

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Tough issues
Spring is here; we moved the clocks forward; and the President’s budget for 2012 has been delivered. Since my last column, I have attended the R...

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Legislative Action
March 2011 Navy By RADM Timothy D. Moon, USN (Ret) Happy Birthday, Navy Reserve! I hope that everyone is surviving the constant onslaught of winter ...

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Optimism
February 2011 Navy By Timothy Moon The holidays are over and we are now into the New Year. Baseball players will report to spring training soon, the...

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Time to reflect
January 2011 Navy by Tim Moon HAPPY NEW YEAR! The holidays can be exhausting as we travel to visit friends and relatives or to vacation in inte...

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Volunteers
December 2010 Navy by Tim Moon I hope that this edition of Navy finds you in good health, good spirits and looking forward to the holiday season. Th...

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A New Beginning
Greetings. I want to thank the membership for placing their trust and confidence in me by electing me to serve as the 32nd President of this Association and the first elected under our new identity, the Association of the United States Navy.

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Thank You for Your Support
September 2010 Navy by CAPT John Eric Lindell, USN (Ret) I want to thank the staff of the Association of the United States Navy for the kindness and...

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August 2010 Navy by John Eric Lindell Shipmates!! It is hot here in Texas, around 95 to 100 daily. But it is NOT as HOT as it is going to be in Las ...

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Strategic Planning
June 2010 Navy by John Eric Lindell As a longtime life member and past national president, I have attended many conferences of our organization. I h...

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Lend A Hand
May 2010 Navy by G. Mark Hardy Each year we mobilize approximately 6,000 Selected Reservists for Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Free...

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The Importance of Good Governance
April 2010 Navy by G. Mark Hardy Effective governance is essential to any successful organization; it is the process whereby persons entrusted with ...

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A Vision for the Future
March 2010 Navy by CAPT G. Mark Hardy A few weeks ago, VADM Mark Ferguson (Chief of Naval Personnel) and VADM Dirk Debbink (Chief of Navy Reserve) a...

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A Discussion with the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs

On 14 January, I had the privilege to meet with the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs, Hon. Dennis McCarthy. Let me share with you some of his themes that he expressed for 2010.

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New Year's Resolutions
January 2010 Navy by G. Mark Hardy This is the traditional month for making resolutions — a commitment to change for the better. Ideally, we set mea...

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I Love New York

On Saturday, 7th November, I had the privilege to attend the commissioning of USS New York (LPD 41) in Manhattan. Having served on a precommissioning crew years ago, my memories of that type of event were that it attracts a few dignitaries, has a modest crowd of friends and family, and then it’s on to business as usual.
This was anything but.

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Get Outside the Lifelines

The Navy offers wonderful opportunities to contribute beyond the scope of a simple billet assignment. It’s easy to focus enough effort on pleasing a reporting senior to maximize one’s FITREP, but that’s duty inside the lifelines. I submit that your real focus should be on maximizing your contributions to the Navy and its Sailors, not just your career.

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Focus on Our Sailors
October 2009 Navy Magazine by CAPT G. Mark Hardy Last month, Admiral Gary Roughead published the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Guidance for 2010 o...

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A New Message to Garcia
September 2009 Navy by G. Mark Hardy Recently I purchased some rather old books on eBay — $9.99 for the lot. The edges had been damaged by som...

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Full-Time-Support
From the President's Desk August 2009, Navy by CAPT G. Mark Hardy, III When I accepted the office of President, one of my initiatives was to develo...

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Highest and Best Use

Have you ever considered what represents your “highest and best use?” The term comes from the real estate appraisal industry, and means that the value of a property is directly related to its maximally productive use. Thus, a vacant lot in downtown Manhattan is valued much more than a vacant lot in rural Nebraska, because of what could be done with the property.

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The Value of Information
June 2009 NRA News by CAPT G. Mark Hardy National President Twenty-three years ago, I had the privilege of speaking on the same program as Rear Adm...

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President's Message: Carpe Diem

All of us are familiar with the Latin maxim to “seize the day.” It is an encouragement to make the most of what we have while we still have it. In these uncertain times, many of us would probably like to “seize yesterday” and change some decisions. Unfortunately, that’s not an option.

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President's Message

 As a young ensign, a wizened warrant officer taught me about how to “read” the ocean. Waves coming from different directions often preceded by days the arrival of inclement weather. For years, I thought that was the meaning of “sea change.”

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Last Call to Colors
Last month, I handed over my eighth and presumably final command to my relief in a time-honored change-of-command ceremony. What struck me most wasn’t the ritual, the dress uniforms, or the reading of speeches, but something much more simple and profound — the Call to Colors.

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This month, we celebrate the 91st birthday of the Navy Reserve. Going back to the late 1700s, the Uniform Militia Act formed the precursor to today's Navy Reserve. They were “citizen soldiers” who equipped themselves, enjoyed military activities, and stood ready to serve the nation when needed. The need for a Navy contingent became evident during the War of 1812; and soon thereafter, the concept of a Navy Militia was introduced. In 1915, the Naval Reserve was formed; and since then, several Acts have been executed that have brought us to today’s Navy Reserve organization.

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Mark your calendar for that important event in April! Not taxes; the Association's Spring Conference in Crystal City 20-22 April.

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Happy New Year to all! The uncertainty of the Navy Reserve future and continued changes to the way the Navy will operate provide may challenges for our Association.

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