¡Feliz Navidad y Prospero Nuevo Año!
By Will Rodríguez, Rear Admiral, US Navy, Retired
National President of the Association of Naval Services Officers (ANSO)
Hola mis Compadres y Comadres,
The 2014 Holiday Season is now upon us, and the Members of the Association of Naval Services Officers (ANSO) hope and pray that everyone have kept the holiday spirit in his or her thoughts, words and deeds throughout this past year and will continue to do so in the years ahead! Please keep praying for those who cannot be with their loved ones and those who are in harm’s way during this blessed season. Thank you all for what you do on a daily basis to make this world a better place to live, and thank you all for your continuing service!
Rear Admiral William D. Rodriguez, USN, Retired is currently the National President of ANSO, former CEO & President of the San Ysidro Education Vanguard Foundation. He is also a member of AFCEA, ASNE, the East County DEFCOMM, San Diego Foundation Science and Technology Working Group, and the San Diego Leadership Forum.
ANSO is the Hispanic affinity organization for the United States Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and Merchant Marines. We strive to build today’s Hispanics to be tomorrow’s Sea Service Leaders. With that in mind, I am pleased to report that we have made great strides in making ANSO a better organization that works for all concerned! Our ANSO.
Chapters and our Members were fully engaged during Hispanic Heritage Month, helping our Shipmates and our local communities in many ways. Further, we have completed our first year of successful Mentoring and Career Management Symposiums patterned after the National LATINA Symposium model. With the support of our friends at LATINA Style, we have been providing senior level mentorship and career guidance during our symposiums and in our local community outreach programs are making ANSO and LATINA Style the “organizations of choice”. Thank you!
Planning continues for our 2015 next ANSO one-day regional Mentoring and Career Management Symposiums with our next one scheduled for the February / March 2015 time frame at the NAS Pensacola, FL O’Club. If you are located in the Central Region, please make plans to attend this symposium – you have my reassurance that you will not be disappointed! Our summer symposium is being planned for the June 2015 time frame for the Western Region in Alameda, CA, and our fall symposium is being planned for the 8th of September 2015 in Norfolk, VA. If you attended one of our past one-day symposiums, I am sure you will agree with me that they are well worth attending! We continue to focus on our Shipmates, as well as our successes as Sea Service Hispanics.
I was honored and humbled to receive LATINA Style’s President’s Award for 2014 this past September. ANSO has created a special bond with LATINA Style. Our collaborative missions are making significant progress in our respective Hispanic Communities. With the change in demographics in this country, it is important now that our organizations continue to focus on building and supporting Hispanic Leaders in all walks of life in this country.
All the best! Keep charging ahead – ¡Adelante con ANSO! WE ARE The Premier Hispanic Organization of the Sea Services – “Building Today’s Hispanics to be Tomorrow’s Sea Service Leaders!”