May you have a blessed and happy New Year!!!
Houston, TX Chapter
¡Feliz Navidad y feliz año nuevo!
As this year draws to a close, Allet and I want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas, a very Happy Holiday Season, and a prosperous and joyous New Year! In spite of all the issues and opportunities that were thrown our way, e.g. Harvey, Irma, Maria, we have had another successful year at ANSO, e.g. Sea Service support and our new website. With God’s help, I am confident that 2018 will be even more successful!
It continues to be an honor for me to serve those who serve our Sea Services and our Nation! I want to take this special opportunity to thank all our members and especially our Board of Directors and our Board of Advisors as you all continue to be Servant Leaders and set the example for all to follow! You continue to make ANSO the premier organization for the advancement and advocacy of the Hispanic community within our Sea Services.
Many of our shipmates are deployed in harm’s way this holiday season, so as you enjoy this blessed season with your families, please remember those who are away from their homes and their loved ones. Please continue to reach out to our shipmates, and let them know that we are here to support them in whatever capacity the we are able!
Thank you for all for what you do to support our local Hispanic Communities, our Shipmates, our Sea Services, and our great nation. I look forward to another great year of mentoring and career management through our organization, our chapters and our symposiums.
Again, from the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina, MERRY CHRISTMAS and Happy NEW YEAR!!
William D. Rodriguez, Rear Admiral, United States Navy, Retired
El Presidente de ANSO
Association of Naval Services Officers
Some thoughts & comments …..
Let us remember all the sacrifices made my our military so that we could have a safer life. No amount of appreciation will be sufficient enough to honor them. Let us just pray for them and their families.
Have a Happy Veteran’s Day.
During war, many soldiers, Marines, Sailors, airmen and Coast Guardsmen may fall, but not one of them fails. Going out there and fighting is an achievement by itself. All our men and women are winners. Let us salute them.
Wish you a Happy Veteran’s day.
This year’s Veterans Day celebration is especially significant as our country remains committed to fighting the War on Terror and as brave men and women are heroically defending our homeland.
To those seniors, and especially elderly veterans like myself, I want to tell you this: You are not alone, and you having nothing to be ashamed of. If elder abuse happened to me, it can happen to anyone. I want you to know that you deserve better.
Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die.
On this Veterans Day, let us remember the service of our veterans, and let us renew our national promise to fulfill our sacred obligations to our veterans and their families who have sacrificed so much so that we can live free.
My heroes are those who risk their lives every day to protect our world and make it a better place—police, firefighters, and members of our armed forces.
Seventy-Five years ago today, after months of fighting at Henderson Field and along Edson’s Ridge, Marines on Guadalcanal spent the night of 10 November 1942 planning and preparing. Although the Battle of Guadalcanal would continue for three more months, the plans laid on our Corps’ most sacred day became integral to the amphibious campaigns that followed. Success at Guadalcanal proved to be the turning point that ultimately paved the way for Allied victory in the Pacific. Those warriors defended their positions in brutal conditions against a formidable enemy – and triumphed. Through every major conflict our Nation has seen since the Revolution, Marines performed their duty with utmost courage, devotion, and raw determination. Their valiant deeds in the face of overwhelming challenges give us confidence and inspire us to meet the trials of today. As we pause to celebrate the birth of our Corps this year, we honor the legacy that was passed down to us and we recommit ourselves to carrying those traditions into the future.
This November 10th marks 242 years of warfighting excellence. At places like Trenton, Tripoli, Chapultepec, Belleau Wood, Guadalcanal, Chosin, Khe Sanh, Fallujah, Sangin, and so many others, Marines have fought with an inner spirit – a spirit that bonds us, binds us together as a cohesive team. It’s that intangible spirit that has formed the foundation of our warfighting reputation for the past 242 years. Now it’s our responsibility to ensure we honor and carry on that legacy. The American people expect a Corps of men and women who are committed, selfless, willing to sacrifice, who epitomize honor, courage, commitment, virtue, and character. We owe our Nation and our predecessors no less.
Today, as we celebrate our 242nd birthday, we must remember who we are, where we came from, and why we’re here. We must remember the past, honor those who are no longer with us, focus on today’s battles, and get ready for tomorrow. We can and will prevail as we always have, in any clime and place. But we must prevail together, united by the unyielding spirit in each of us that makes our Corps unique – that willingness to put our Corps and fellow Marines ahead of ourselves. Victory in battle comes through the integrated efforts of many – teamwork. We value the sacrifices and contributions of every Marine and Sailor, as well as our family members without whose support we would not be able to accomplish our mission. And we remain committed to being our Nation’s Expeditionary Force in Readiness that sets the standard for honor, discipline, and courage. I am proud of each and every one of you. Happy Birthday, Marines!
Robert B. Neller
General, U.S. Marine Corps
Commandant of the Marine Corps
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