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HENRY A. MARTINEZ II wrote on the Chapter: Washington, DC wall: Good Morning ANSO San Diego Team, ​ Need your Support! ​ ​Positive movement within the last couple of days about a Friend-raiser being held here in San Diego on behalf of our ANSO National Level leadership. Our National President will be visiting San Diego in February, to attend the event that is scheduled for February 22 from 6 to 8:30 hosted by Mangelsen Art Gallery in LA Jolla. The Friendraiser was the idea of our National Grant writer Miss Laura MacKinnon who has been working tirelessly to help set up ANSO organization up as a whole with funds and creating a standard model for all Chapters to follow. Since Laura has all the details of the event, I would like to invite you all to attend the meet with ANSO San Diego Chapter membership and Miss Laura MacKinnon our ANSO Grant Writer. ​ I would like to call a meeting of our Chapter Chair holders for tomorrow Friday, Jan 20th at 1:00 pm at Wood Ranch Bar B Q and Grill. We will be meeting with Laura to discuss the execution of the Feb Friendraiser. I understand it's short notice if your unable to make it I can phone you into the meeting. ​ 7510 Hazard Center Dr Unit 215 San Diego, CA 92108 United States Please let me or YN1 Berrios know if you will be able to attend. ​ Cristina Berrios​ Posted Thursday, January 19, 2017
Jose A. Velazquez wrote on the Chapter: Washington, DC wall: SAVE THE DATES!!! ANSO Eastern Region Mentoring and Career Development Symposium will take place at the Fort Belvoir Officers Club, Alexandria, Virginia on Wednesday September 7, 2016. The theme for this specific symposium will be “Taking Charge of Your Career & Your Future”. The 2016 Latina Style National Symposium will be on Thursday September 8, 0216.
Posted Monday, June 27, 2016
HENRY A. MARTINEZ II wrote on the Chapter: Washington, DC wall: Story Number: NNS160608-06Release Date: 6/8/2016 9:10:00 AM A A A Email this story to a friend Print this story By Ashley Nekoui, Navy Information Dominance Forces Public Affairs SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- The Association of Naval Services Officers (ANSO) hosted a regional symposium for West Coast chapters at the Admiral Kidd Catering and Conference Center in San Diego May 19. The theme of this year's symposium was "Mentoring and Career Management to Grow Our Future Leaders." The event consisted of educational and training development sessions, mentoring opportunities and senior service leadership discussions with representatives from the Coast Guard, Navy and Marine Corps. "I really appreciated that this event was not Navy-centric but provided an opportunity to network with members from all naval services; this environment truly aides in establishing and enhancing relationships," said Lt. Cmdr. Santiago Martinez, executive officer, Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station San Diego. "Although this was the first ANSO event that I've attended, I really appreciated learning more about the organization and discovering the resources available to myself, my Sailors and the community as a whole." The day's agenda also included motivational guest speaker Alex Montoya, who shared his personal story of triumph over adversity. Born a triple-amputee, Montoya came to the U.S. from Colombia with the aid of his uncle, a Marine, and support from the Shriners organization. Faced with several challenges including physical disabilities, the move to a new country and a language barrier, he realized early on you have to focus on what you have and not on what you're missing. "Whenever the rest of the world view's something as a challenge, this is an opportunity for you to better your life," Montoya said. Montoya's message seemed to radiate with the audience and resonate among the discussions that day; many of the conversations focused on overcoming obstacles to grow and enhance leadership opportunities on a personal and professional level. ANSO's mission is to assist the Sea Service Chiefs' efforts in Hispanic workforce recruitment and retention by fostering the personal growth and professional development of officers, enlisted personnel and civilians. ANSO's Western Region President Lt. Cmdr. Henry Martinez identifies a specific instance in which the organization's support attributed to success in his career. "When I was a lieutenant the senior officers of my ANSO chapter conducted a review of my record; they identified discrepancies and helped me fix them," said Martinez. "Previous to this review, I wasn't aware of the specific requirements related to our annual fitness reports; I updated my information based off of the suggestions from this group and was selected the following year for lieutenant commander." ANSO celebrates its 35th anniversary this year. Since its inception, ANSO has focused on fostering the recognition and advancement of Hispanic officers in the uniformed naval services. It was formally established in February 1981 to address Hispanic recruiting and retention issues, and to serve as a link between the Hispanic community and the sea services. "First and foremost, we're Americans, but we're still proud of where we came from," said retired Rear Adm. William Rodriguez, ANSO president. "This is a collaborative organization and the only affinity group that represents both officers and enlisted personnel from the sea services. This organization helps to establish a clear path to navigate the mine-field called a career. It's immensely valuable to be part of an organization that is led and comprised of personnel who recognize and understand and have traversed those same paths." For more information, visit,, or For more news from Navy Information Dominance Forces, visit, or
Posted Friday, June 24, 2016
HENRY A. MARTINEZ II wrote on the Chapter: Washington, DC wall: To All, Yesterday, we conducted an outstanding ... SUPERB .... symposium in San Diego! Bravo Zulu to our Western Region Team! Over 70 very active participants were engaged throughout the day. I was most impressed with the thought-provoking speakers and very stimulating mentoring sessions. Moreover, I was impressed with the balance of our attendees amount our Sea Services! Our ANSO Service Reps did a fantastic job bringing in attendees from each of our respective services - Marines, Coast Guardsmen, and Sailors! Of special interest that truly defined our mission was the presence of a young Hispanic, Eddie, with whom we met the night before at our social event. Eddie was our waiter who was quite attentive to us. We asked him what he wanted to do in life, and he told us that after recently receiving his associates degree, he was enlisting in the Coast Guard! After trying to convince him, with no success I might add, to switch to the Navy, we immediately invited to our symposium! He attended our symposium, and unbeknownst to all, so did his Coast Guard Recruiter! At every break, everyone, and specifically our Coast Guard attendees, surrounded him .... Eddie soaked up everything that we had to offer, including a desire to finish his Baccalaureate degree and pursue a commission in the Coast Guard! He is, in part, what ANSO is all about! He is one of our future leaders in our Sea Services! Furthermore, at every subsequent symposium we have held, I see the "bar of excellence" raised higher by you all. The sky is the limit! Thank you! A few items that I want us to consider and implement: 1) Let's look at extending our symposiums to two days from one day .... if not all of our symposiums, at least the East Coast Symposium, so we take care of ANSO-related issues, as well as any hold overs from the previous day. 2) Better advertise the Social Event the night before. 3) Let's consider incorporating a Youth Day event the day before the symposium ... this could be easily done if we hold our symposium in a Fleet Concentration Area where we can conduct a ship-visit, or other similar type visits. 4) I plan to talk with our Services about raising the individual registration fee to $100 per person from $75 per person. 5) Formalize an after action critique/survey for the symposium attendees to complete BEFORE they leave the symposium at the end of the day. Actions: For LCDR Henry Martinez: Please finalize the registration numbers from yesterday, and draft me an After Action Report (AAR). I intend to send the Service Chiefs a report and an update. Also, we to get out the survey on Survey Monkey, as we discussed. I would like the results incorporated, briefly, in the AAR. I also want to know the final cost breakdown. For our Service Reps: Please continue your dialogue with your Service Counterparts with regards to my aforementioned comments and issues. I don't want them to be surprised. Thank you all again, and Henry, please pass on my personal gratitude to our San Diego Chapter members to worked the symposium yesterday. Btw, our National Vice President is a great speaker, and he has found a possible career as a motivational speaker and a possible comedian! Regards, Will William D Rodriguez, Rear Admiral, USN, Retired El Presidente de ANSO Association of Naval Services Officers Adelante con ANSO
Posted Friday, May 20, 2016
HENRY A. MARTINEZ II wrote on the Chapter: Washington, DC wall: In support of the Chief of Naval Operation’s diversity guidance, the Office of Outreach and Engagement (OPNAV N134) will participate in ANSO’s Western Regional Symposium on 19 May, 2016 at Point Loma Naval Base, San Diego, CA as part of the Hispanic in-reach program. ANSO was created because of concerns by Hispanic officers that they were not fully represented in the officer corps and, more specifically, there were too few Hispanic applicants for the various officer programs. Historically, the Honorable Edward Hidalgo, then Secretary of the Navy, and having served during WWII, convened the Hispanic Officer Recruitment Conference (HORC) in December 1980 to closely examine issues, develop initiatives, and resolve problems that confront the Naval Services in attracting qualified Hispanics for officer programs. One of the recommendations was the establishment of an organization of Hispanic Naval officers that would link the Hispanic community and the Sea Services in order to attract quality Hispanic Officer Candidates. The Association of Naval Services Officers, Inc. was formally established on February 12, 1981. ANSO’s Western Regional Symposium will bring together Hispanic officers, civilian executives, enlisted personnel, and other senior leaders in the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and industry to learn from, network with, and mentor one another, as well as conduct professional development training. ANSO develops ownership, mentoring skills, and participation in educational sessions and events. Participants will learn about the trends in promotions and manpower initiatives from the Sea Services. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to interact with nationally-recognized speakers, as well as military leadership, flag officers, general officers, and elected and appointed government officials. The ANSO symposium supports the CNO’s Diversity Vision by helping each Sailor to develop his or her talents to their fullest potential. It is critical that the Navy draw upon the widest possible set of talents and backgrounds to maximize its warfighting capability. ANSO can be a vehicle to help retain Hispanic service members and help recruit new service members through its mentorship programs, STEM career fairs, and scholarships. Failure to participate in the ANSO conference will hinder recruiting, retention, and professional development, particularly within the Hispanic community. II. OBJECTIVE The ANSO symposium offers a venue for Hispanic service members to come together to network, find mentors and protégés, and enhance, discuss, and embrace their unique perspectives and experiences. V/R LCDR Henry A Martinez II
Posted Monday, May 16, 2016
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