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Association of the United States Navy "AUSN is the leading voice for America’s Sailors and the premier advocate for a strong Navy." Visit us at: www.ausn.org; Follow us on TWITTER @AUSNTweets; Watch us on YOUTUBE at http://www.youtube.com/user/AUSNVideo
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With our headquarters located in Alexandria, Virginia, the Association of the United States Navy (AUSN) came to be in March 2009. From 1954 until March 2009, AUSN was known as the Naval Reserve Association. The change was more than just in the name. AUSN brings with it more than 60 years of service to the United States. As AUSN, we serve the entire Navy community, adding to our current representation of Reserve members. We have a membership of approximately 15,000 and continue to grow each year. Benefits of an AUSN membership: •Legislation- AUSN gives you the tools and information to: take part in protecting your benefits, advocate and communicate with Congress regarding legislation through our Legislative Action Center, and respond to Action Alerts that define the issues. •Information/education- AUSN keeps members informed by providing: a quarterly magazine, email newsletters and special announcements, professional development seminars, and conferences. •Assistance- AUSN assists the professionals of the Naval Service by: informing you about current trends, supporting your vocational needs, providing career guidance, and helping your family with questions related to your service. •Community- AUSN has local chapters to make it possible for you to meet with other members in your area and receive information that is region specific. •Retirement- AUSN provides help and information for Survivor Benefit Plans (SBP), Tri-Care for life, current benefit structure, and pay estimates.

Mission: The Association of the United States Navy advances the interests of all members of the Navy community and supports the needs of the Navy.

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The Navy has released a document that they are calling a strategic blueprint for the Arctic titled “Blue Arctic,” which ...
01/08/2021
Navy Releases 'Strategic Blueprint' for the Arctic - Association of the United States Navy

The Navy has released a document that they are calling a strategic blueprint for the Arctic titled “Blue Arctic,” which outlines how the Navy will approach the Arctic Region in the coming decades.
#Blueartic

The Navy has released a document that they are calling a strategic blueprint for the Arctic titled “Blue Arctic,” which outlines how the Navy will approach the Arctic Region in the coming decades. “The forward-looking document provides strategic guidance on how the Department will apply naval ...

Congress has voted to override President Trump’s veto of the $741 billion National Defense Authorization Act, meaning th...
01/04/2021
Congress Overrides NDAA Veto, $741B Bill Now Law - Association of the United States Navy

Congress has voted to override President Trump’s veto of the $741 billion National Defense Authorization Act, meaning the legislation is now law.

Congress has voted to override President Trump’s veto of the $741 billion National Defense Authorization Act, meaning the legislation is now law. Congress must pass legislation with a two-thirds majority in order to override a presidential veto. The House voted 322-87 Dec. 28 to enact the NDAA, an...

Navy Exceeds Sailor Retention Goals in 2020 - Association of the United States Navy
12/30/2020
Navy Exceeds Sailor Retention Goals in 2020 - Association of the United States Navy

Navy Exceeds Sailor Retention Goals in 2020 - Association of the United States Navy

The Navy beat its retention goals in fiscal 2020 and the service is now planning to release some sailors from contractual obligations early to deal with the overmanning, a Navy official said recently. The Navy measures retention in three “zones” — Zone A (up to 6 years of service), Zone B (6-1...

It’s a special time of year for all of our Sailors, Coast Guardsmen, and their families, and as many of us retire to whe...
12/25/2020

It’s a special time of year for all of our Sailors, Coast Guardsmen, and their families, and as many of us retire to wherever it is that we call home and family for the rest of 2020 (or stay put for safety’s sake), we want to send our best wishes out to all of those who are stationed abroad and who aren’t able to be home for the holidays. No matter where you are, we at the Association of the United States Navy want to wish all of you and yours a very happy holidays and a happy New Year!

Here we Go! #GoNavyBeatArmy
12/12/2020

Here we Go! #GoNavyBeatArmy

The Senate overwhelming passed the National Defense Authorization Act in an 84-13 vote on Friday, joining the House, whi...
12/11/2020
Senate Overwhelming Passes NDAA; $741 Billion Bill Heads to President's Desk - Association of the United States Navy

The Senate overwhelming passed the National Defense Authorization Act in an 84-13 vote on Friday, joining the House, which passed the $741 billion bill 335-78 earlier in the week. It now heads to the president’s desk for his signature.

The Senate overwhelming passed the National Defense Authorization Act in an 84-13 vote on Friday, joining the House, which passed the $741 billion bill 335-78 earlier in the week. It now heads to the president’s desk for his signature. AUSN wrote a letter to House and Senate leadership supporting ...

The House of Representatives has passed the National Defense Authorization Act by an overwhelming majority, 335-78, as t...
12/09/2020
House Passes NDAA With Strong Majority; Read AUSN's Letter in Support - Association of the United States Navy

The House of Representatives has passed the National Defense Authorization Act by an overwhelming majority, 335-78, as the bill now goes to the Senate for approval before heading to the president’s desk. AUSN wrote a letter to House and Senate leadership supporting the bill due to a provision that would provide benefits to tens of thousands of Veterans suffering from Agent Orange-related ailments.

The House of Representatives has passed the National Defense Authorization Act by an overwhelming majority, 335-78, as the bill now goes to the Senate for approval before heading to the president’s desk. AUSN wrote a letter to House and Senate leadership supporting the bill due to a provision that...

Seventy-nine years ago today, the sailors at Pearl Harbor probably didn’t feel in danger when they woke up that morning....
12/07/2020
Reflecting on Pearl Harbor, 79 Years Later - Association of the United States Navy

Seventy-nine years ago today, the sailors at Pearl Harbor probably didn’t feel in danger when they woke up that morning. It was just another day in the United States Navy, after all. But by the end of the day, 2,403 Americans made the ultimate sacrifice...

Seventy-nine years ago today, the sailors at Pearl Harbor probably didn’t feel in danger when they woke up that morning. It was just another day in the United States Navy, after all. But by the end of the day, 2,403 Americans made the ultimate sacrifice. Sailors who expected their most exciting ac...

Agent Orange Provision Included in FY21 NDAA in Victory for AUSN, VSOs - Association of the United States Navy
12/03/2020
Agent Orange Provision Included in FY21 NDAA in Victory for AUSN, VSOs - Association of the United States Navy

Agent Orange Provision Included in FY21 NDAA in Victory for AUSN, VSOs - Association of the United States Navy

Thanks to the continued advocacy of AUSN and many other Military/Veteran Service Organizations (MSOs/VSOs), the latest version of the fiscal 2021 National Defense Authorization Act reportedly contains an AUSN-supported provision that would provide benefits to Veterans exposed to Agent Orange in Viet...

#WaypointWednesday Senior Chief Electrician's Mate Eyosias Tessema, from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, lights off a boiler aboa...
12/02/2020

#WaypointWednesday Senior Chief Electrician's Mate Eyosias Tessema, from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, lights off a boiler aboard the U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19). Blue Ridge is the oldest operational ship in the Navy and, as U.S. 7th Fleet command ship, actively works to foster relationships with allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Matt Hall)

If you have a photo you would like to submit for our #waypointwednesday please send it to us at [email protected] or through Facebook messenger.

Navy to Decommission USS Bonhomme Richard Due to July Fire - Association of the United States Navy
12/01/2020
Navy to Decommission USS Bonhomme Richard Due to July Fire - Association of the United States Navy

Navy to Decommission USS Bonhomme Richard Due to July Fire - Association of the United States Navy

The Navy will decommission the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) after determining the vessel would be too costly to repair after a July fire aboard the ship caused extensive damage, the Navy announced in a Nov. 30 statement. After “thorough consideration” and an ex...

#GivingTuesday Help us continue to be YOUR Voice! The Voice of Americas Sailors by donating today! www.ausn.org/donate/ ...
12/01/2020

#GivingTuesday Help us continue to be YOUR Voice! The Voice of Americas Sailors by donating today! www.ausn.org/donate/

#usnavy #usnavysailor #sailorshelpingsailors #ausn #USCG #usmc #seaservicefamily

11/30/2020
James Lafferty Message to AUSN

James Lafferty, staring in the The Right Stuff streaming now on Disney+ has a message for AUSN and it's members.

It’s a holiday born from the sea, as around a hundred pilgrims boarded the Mayflower in 1620 and headed for the New Worl...
11/26/2020
Happy Thanksgiving from the Association of the United States Navy - Association of the United States Navy

It’s a holiday born from the sea, as around a hundred pilgrims boarded the Mayflower in 1620 and headed for the New World to begin a new life. When they arrived, they found hardship, but also many blessings and a friendship with the local Native Americans, leading to a feast that would establish one of the grandest American traditions that continues today.

From all of us at the Association of the United States Navy, we wish you and yours a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday. It’s a holiday born from the sea, as around a hundred pilgrims boarded the Mayflower in 1620 and headed for the New World to begin a new life. When they arrived, they…

Wishing everyone a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving! Get in the giving mood and Donate today at www.AUSN.org/donate/
11/26/2020

Wishing everyone a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving! Get in the giving mood and Donate today at www.AUSN.org/donate/

Newest Virginia-Class Submarines Will Inform Next-Generation Attack Sub: Report - Association of the United States Navy
11/23/2020
Newest Virginia-Class Submarines Will Inform Next-Generation Attack Sub: Report - Association of the United States Navy

Newest Virginia-Class Submarines Will Inform Next-Generation Attack Sub: Report - Association of the United States Navy

A plan is in the works for the purchase of Block VI Virginia-class submarines, and these vessels will serve as a bridge to the as-yet-undefined SSN(X) next-generation submarine program. USNI News reports that the Block V submarines, three of which are under construction, will represent a big capabil...

#GivingTuesday is coming up and we just registered with Benevity! Which means your company may MATCH your donation! Hund...
11/23/2020

#GivingTuesday is coming up and we just registered with Benevity! Which means your company may MATCH your donation! Hundreds of companies use this platform to manage their corporates giving program, such as Booz Allen Hamilton. Go check today to see if your company is partnered with Benevity!

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Bravo Zulu, MCPO Dillon!
11/19/2020
In service to our retired community

Bravo Zulu, MCPO Dillon!

GROTON, Conn. – Retired Master Chief Radioman Paul Dillon was called back to active duty to be briefed by senior government and military personnel on issues facing military retirees, August

Veterans Day is for Reflection, and a Conversation - Association of the United States Navy
11/11/2020
Veterans Day is for Reflection, and a Conversation - Association of the United States Navy

Veterans Day is for Reflection, and a Conversation - Association of the United States Navy

For the Association of the United States Navy, this is a day we circle on the calendar. Today, AUSN celebrates the Veterans of the United States Armed Forces. There are 18 million Veterans in the United States today, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, and the demographics have been changing drasti...

Happy Birthday U.S. Marine Corps especially to the Marine on our Board of Directors Sgtmaj. James A Kuiken! Oooorrah!
11/10/2020

Happy Birthday U.S. Marine Corps especially to the Marine on our Board of Directors Sgtmaj. James A Kuiken! Oooorrah!

Happy Birthday U.S. Marine Corps from all of us at AUSN!

11/09/2020
Navy Now Webinar: UnitedHealthcare FEDVIP 2021

This Navy Now webinar is featuring a breakdown of the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Program (FEDVIP) from United Healthcare as open enrollment approaches.

FEDVIP provides dental and vision benefits to 6.9 million federal employees and their families. These webinars, which will be held Nov. 9 and Dec. 7, will help you understand what the FEDVIP program is and how you can take advantage of these benfits as open enrollment kicks off Nov. 9.

11/09/2020
Navy Now Webinar: UnitedHealthcare FEDVIP 2021

This Navy Now webinar is featuring a breakdown of the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Program (FEDVIP) from United Healthcare as open enrollment approaches.

FEDVIP provides dental and vision benefits to 6.9 million federal employees and their families. These webinars, which will be held Nov. 9 and Dec. 7, will help you understand what the FEDVIP program is and how you can take advantage of these benfits as open enrollment kicks off Nov. 9.

Our Nautilus Chapter President, MCPO Paul Dillon is at it again! “The erosion of benefits is something I am always conce...
11/05/2020
In service to our retired community

Our Nautilus Chapter President, MCPO Paul Dillon is at it again! “The erosion of benefits is something I am always concerned about,” said Dillon. “They have changed since my day, but it’s something we have to battle all the time. That’s why it’s important to belong to a military service organization. Whether you’re a joining the Association of the United States Navy, Military Officers Association of America, the Fleet Reserve Association, there are many out there. I know how they work. They form a coalition in D.C. and go before Congress and tell them what’s going on and they lobby for the protection of our benefits.”

GROTON, Conn. – Retired Master Chief Radioman Paul Dillon was called back to active duty to be briefed by senior government and military personnel on issues facing military retirees, August

Navy Launches Virtual Effort to Attract STEM Students - Association of the United States Navy
10/30/2020
Navy Launches Virtual Effort to Attract STEM Students - Association of the United States Navy

Navy Launches Virtual Effort to Attract STEM Students - Association of the United States Navy

The Navy has launched a new virtual effort in an attempt to attract STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) students to its ranks. Naval Horizons, a video educational series, launched Oct. 27 in an attempt to “inspire college students by raising their awareness of the real-world scien...

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10/28/2020

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Happy Navy Day! AUSN salutes all the Sailors that serve and protect their country! Hooyah! #navy #ausn

Bravo Zulu, Chief Rogers!
10/24/2020

Bravo Zulu, Chief Rogers!

This was my beautiful wife this past January getting ready to go in to take her exam for Chief Petty Officer. She was in between chemo rounds, and fighting fatigue, chemo sickness and chemo brain. When she got home and I asked her how she did, she said “I prayed my way through the exam so it’s all in God’s hands.”

Today, the Navy publicly released the advancement results for Chief Petty Officer and she was selected! For those of you that don’t know, being selected for Chief is a huge milestone in her career. I am SO proud of her!

This year has been a tough one on her, but she never stopped fighting. She always relied on her faith. She never gave up. She is a true FIGHTER.

Congratulations, Chief Select. I’m proud of you and I love you! ♥️

Watch: Drone Resupplies Ballistic Missile Sub at Sea - Association of the United States Navy
10/23/2020
Watch: Drone Resupplies Ballistic Missile Sub at Sea - Association of the United States Navy

Watch: Drone Resupplies Ballistic Missile Sub at Sea - Association of the United States Navy

The U.S. Navy has released video of a test involving a small drone “resupplying” an Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine recently. In the video, technicians piloted a small quadcopter drone over the surface SSBN Henry M. Jackson, dropping a package onto its hull and then returning to a nearby ...

#WaypointWednesday Our newest AUSN members, the Chiefs of the USS San Juan SSN751. Welcome Aboard, Chiefs! #usssanjuan75...
10/21/2020

#WaypointWednesday Our newest AUSN members, the Chiefs of the USS San Juan SSN751. Welcome Aboard, Chiefs!

#usssanjuan751 #chiefpettyofficer #thechosenfew #voiceofamericassailors #submarinebase
USS San Juan (SSN 751)
(please share your photos with us for Waypoint Wednesday at [email protected])

AUSN 2020 Annual Business Meeting Plots Out Bold Future for 2021 and Beyond - Association of the United States Navy
10/15/2020
AUSN 2020 Annual Business Meeting Plots Out Bold Future for 2021 and Beyond - Association of the United States Navy

AUSN 2020 Annual Business Meeting Plots Out Bold Future for 2021 and Beyond - Association of the United States Navy

It was a different-looking Annual Business Meeting for the Association of the United States Navy this year thanks to COVID-19, but even a pandemic couldn’t stop the organization from convening and laying out an ambitious agenda for the future. Dan Feliz, Chairman of the AUSN Board of Directors, sa...

#WayPointWednesday AUSN wants to give a shout out to Naval Aircrewman (Helicopter) 3rd Class Copper McCambridge, from Mu...
10/14/2020

#WayPointWednesday AUSN wants to give a shout out to Naval Aircrewman (Helicopter) 3rd Class Copper McCambridge, from Murrieta, Calif., assigned to the Black Knights of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 4, mans a .50-caliber machine gun during an initial aerial gunnery training qualification at Naval Air Facility El Centro, Calif. HSC-4 provides vertical lift search and rescue, logistics, anti-surface warfare, special operations forces support and combat search and rescue capabilities. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Shannon Renfroe) #blackhawk #chiefmasscommunications #usnavy #hsc #helicopter #gunnery #50cal #areialgunner #voiceofamericassailors

10/09/2020
The Right Stuff | Official Trailer | Disney+

Today is the Premier of The Right Stuff on DisneyPlus! Based on the iconic bestseller by Tom Wolfe, “The Right Stuff” is an inspirational look at the early days of the U.S. Space Program and the incredible story of America’s first astronauts, the Mercury Seven. At the height of the Cold War in 1959, the Soviet Union dominates the space race and America fears it is a nation in decline. Newly-formed NASA has the monumental task of sending a man into space and its
engineers estimate they need decades to accomplish the feat. They are given two years.

Make sure to log into our Annual Business meeting to chat with one of the Actors!

What does it take to be first? The Right Stuff, an all-new scripted Original Series from @NatGeo, is coming Oct. 9 exclusively to #DisneyPlus #TheRightStuffS...

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God Bless all Sailors,True to God,Country,World Assurance of Peace,Through Strength!
The Board of Veterans Appeals has announced that they are lifting the stay on all Blue Water Navy cases. This does not mean there will be a quick decision but we will be moving towards a conclusion. At issue remains the exact location of the territorial sea. Hopefully that will be resolved in our meeting with Secretary Wilkie next week. Our position is that the territorial sea begins at the baseline ad runs for 12 nautical miles seaward. The VA General Counsel has indicated that they will take a narrower approach. We are prepared to litigate this position. If your ship was within 12 nm of the baseline and your claim is denied, contact Military-Veterans Advocacy immediately. The Board of Veterans Appeals has announced that they are lifting the stay on all Blue Water Navy cases. This does not mean there will be a quick decision but we will be moving towards a conclusion. At issue remains the exact location of the territorial sea. Hopefully that will be resolved in our meeting with Secretary Wilkie next week. Our position is that the territorial sea begins at the baseline ad runs for 12 nautical miles seaward. The VA General Counsel has indicated that they will take a narrower approach. We are prepared to litigate this position. If your ship was within 12 nm of the baseline and your claim is denied, contact Military-Veterans Advocacy immediately.
Hi Brian, Happy Holidays!
Dear AUSN, These are the proof that I am a lifetime member with you. Please correct your membership system that my lifetime membership is active again. Thank you. Ludwig P.S. I am very sad how I was treated by you in the past.
Dear AUSN, These are the proof that I am a lifetime member with you. Please correct your membership system that my lifetime membership is active again. Thank you. Ludwig P.S. I am very sad how I was treated by you in the past.
My McCain moment: several years ago, Sen McCain met with several then LD11(now LD28) members. He saw my Senior Chief anchor lapel pin and told me his times as a junior Navy officer and hoe he greatly benefited from the guidance of a Navy Senior Chief in his squadron and how that Senior Chiefs counsel may have kept him on a successful course as an officer. Fair Winds and Following Seas, Shipmate. V/r, Jon Altmann, AUSN Nation Vice President.
Having been in law enforcement for 20years, I have a deep appreciation for law enforcement and have always supported our military. I am also a musician, and have written and produced a song to honor our veterans. I am donating 50% of all proceeds to veterans organizations to help wounded veterans and families of veterans. I would appreciate anything you could do to help pass my song along to help raise money for veterans and spread a positive message of unity for our great nation. Please see the YouTube video I co-produced below as well as a link to the iTunes store below. Donations will come from purchases from music downloads. Thank you again for everything you are doing for our veterans. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DkfY8kTv8tM&feature=share https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/lets-all-stand-for-this-one-single/1415528610 Sincerely, Corby Holcomb
Please support HR 299 , the Blue Water Navy Bill this week during the hearing . How can we justify sending millions to Vietnam for cleanup when these veterans need their Agent Orange Benefits restored. They were stripped from them in 2002. Money can be found to send to Vietnam . Where is the funding for HR 299? Vietnam, US begin Agent Orange cleanup at former wartime air base By Staff reporters January 24, 2018 | 10:38 am GMT+7 Bien Hoa Airport is the largest remaining dioxin hotspot in Vietnam. Vietnam and the U.S. have kickstarted the process of cleaning up the dioxin around Bien Hoa Airport, a heavily contaminated zone just outside Ho Chi Minh City. The process formally began on Tuesday with the signing of a Memorandum of Intent between the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Military Science Department under Vietnam's Ministry of Defense. USAID will be working with the Vietnamese ministry to first design a remediation program before implementing it over the next few years. Susie Belanger
Why is your link to join address not secured? My computer won't let me bring it up.
I was wondering if you AUSN is planning on remembering that today is 9/11? Your page should be full of memorials by now!!! This page is quickly becoming a joke again......come on AUSN Staff get this right!
Does AUSN write its own stories or content?
Most historic find in Navy history.....every major Navy site that you usually repost from has posted many stories on the finding of the USS Indianapolis.....yet you've still not posted anything......