Chapter leadership and Contact Information
|Chapter Name & Year Established||RADM RONALD J. RABAGO, USCG||2011|
|President||LTJG Bryant Crespo, USCGemail@example.com|
|Vice President||LCDR Katherine G. Martínez Alvarez, USNfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Secretary||Mr. Art Alanizemail@example.com|
|Public Affairs Officer (PAO)||LT Graciela Fullerfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Social Media Manager||LT Julia Wesbeyemail@example.com|
Chapter Leadership Information
|Chapter Name & Year Established||RADM Jose M. Cabanillas, USN||2006|
|President||CAPT Javier Medina, USN, Ph. D.||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Vice President||AT1(AW/EXW/SW) Karen Gonzalez, USNemail@example.com|
|Secretary||PS1 Silvia Mantero, USNfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Public Affairs Officer||AE1(AW/SW) William Gonzalez Jr., USNemail@example.com|
|Chaplain||LCDR Michael Monroig, USN|
|Navy Senior Enlisted Leader||OSCM(SW) Nakisha Joseph, USN|
|Coast Guard Senior Enlisted Leader||HS1 Jackie Aycardi, USCG|
|Marine Corps Senior Enlisted Leader||VACANT|
|Senior Retired Coast Guard Officer Present||Rear Admiral Joseph "Pepe" Castillo, USCG, Ret.|
|Senior Retired Navy Officer Present||Rear Admiral George "Rico" Mayer, USN, Ret.|
|NAVY SOPA||Rear Admiral Carlos "Los" Sardiello, USN, Director, Joint/Fleet Operations, U.S. Fleet Forces Command|
|Major Commanders Present||CAPT George Robert Aguilar, USN, Commanding Officer, USS GEORGE H.W. BUSH (CVN 77)|
CAPT Milciades "Tony" Then, USN, Deputy Commodore, Destroyer Squadron TWENTY TWO
|Commanding Officers Present||CDR Luis A. Gonzalez, USN, Commanding Officer, USS BULKELEY (DDG 84)|
CDR Kristel O'Canas, USN, Commanding Officer, USS WHIDBEY ISLAND (LSD 41)
|Notable Officers Present||CDR Javier Medina, USN, Chief Staff Officer, Amphibious Squadron FOUR|
|Command Master Chiefs Present||CMDCM Rafael Barney, USN, Command Master Chief, USS ARLEIGH BURKE (DDG 51)|
|Notable Senior Enlisted Present||NCCM Raymond Martinez, USN, U.S. Fleet Forces Career Counselor|
If you are aware of or think someone else should be added to this list, please send an email to the Chapter President so that we can ensure the local role models are properly accounted for here!
Are you interested in providing mentorship and professional development to students interested in a career as an Officer?
ANSO San Diego Chapter’s LT Jonathan Daniel has created a virtual mentorship program for Hispanic and Latin students in high school, college, as well as recent graduates to be connected with ANSO members. The objective of this mentorship program is to provide students with information, pathways, and personal insight into pursuing a career as a USN/USCG Officer.
As of 2022, the ethnic Hispanic makeup of Navy Enlisted closely mirrors the national population; however, there is a stark decrease in Hispanic Officer representation that is non-proportional with the national population. We want to close that gap and increase inclusivity and a sense of belonging in order to focus on warfighting. Creating a Navy and Coast Guard with a proportional and diverse leadership corps leads to innovation and organizational creativity.
If you are interested in signing up as a mentor, please use the following link:
If you are a student, recent graduate, or know someone who would be interested in receiving a mentor, please direct to the following link:
If you have any further questions or concerns, comment below or reach out to LT Jonathan Daniel at firstname.lastname@example.org
April was a significant month for the ANSO familia. Our Atlantic Region Symposium (ARS) welcomed leaders, members, partners, volunteers, and participants from our naval forces to experience the power of connection, an intrinsic value among Latinos. Identifying with the stories shared, exchanging business cards, and establishing new mentoring relationships were just a few expressions of connectedness in action. The ARS was a celebration of connected leadership, assuring maritime superiority as a constant endeavor.
We build connectedness as we open spaces that foster belongingness, trust, and mutual respect. As we carefully and purposely cultivate these spaces, relationships become more meaningful, interdependence grows, and personal value intensifies. Connectedness creates environments for leadership to flourish and renew itself.
My first lessons in connectedness came from my mother. She had the gift to build connections almost anywhere she went. People knew about Doña Blanca, her humanitarian spirit, and compassionate care. Since my role was to be her companion, I had the privilege of seeing her build relationships with people at all levels with humility and confidence. Through those interactions, she conveyed a message of dependability and reliance. People knew they could trust her and call on her whenever there was a need in the community. She was generous with her time, talents, and limited resources.
The experience of connectedness reemerged as we received the invitation to remember and say “never again” at the end of April. Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, was an opportunity to stop and consider the systematic murder of Jews and other minorities by the Nazi regime during World War II. In a spirit of connectedness, we had the opportunity to grieve the loss of human lives during one of the most challenging times in recorded history and renew our commitment to uphold and defend human rights.
As we consider the value of connectedness, from the individual to the communal, from our ANSO chapters to the entire organization, let us recognize its relevance personally and professionally, as well as the value of connectedness in the full range of the human experience, from the times of joyful celebration to the grief that energizes change and transformation.
We regret to inform you all that we had to cancel the ANSO event scheduled for this Thursday at the Bangor Theater. Please check back soon for more event updates!
In March of 2020, our typical world drastically changed. Streets were almost empty, traffic jams got reduced as workers and students stayed home, and even a roll of toilet paper along with cleaning supplies turned into gold. The reality of the Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) intrusively took hold of our existence as a world pandemic (as declared by the World Health Organization on 11 March 2020) and a national emergency (13 March 2020). With COVID-19 came a wave of severe medical symptoms, the need for triaging patients who might receive further treatment, and ethical/moral decisions that stretched healthcare workers to the max. Uncertainty, fear, doubt, anger, and polarization abounded. Confirmed cases and deaths increased daily, and every new variant left us wondering about the future. At times, it seemed endless, with no practical resolution on sight.
To all these experiences, we add the challenges to mental health connected to isolation, social distancing, and masking. The experience of being away from our families during meaningful times and celebrations affected our core beliefs. Some experienced financial struggles as income declined, small businesses closed, and jobs changed value. A reidentification of spiritual toughness and connectedness became an implicit requirement to reengage with life. Creativity and intentionality turned out as the highest commodities to adaptation and resilient living.
As we come to this point in the “new normal” journey, take time to stop, go over the experiences lived through these two years of the pandemic, be thankful, and identify lessons learned about self, significant relationships, and values. We have grown in multiple areas and through challenging environments.
Above all, we have kept our hope alive.
Registration is open for our 2022 Atlantic Region Symposium, which will be held 12 to 14 April 2022 onboard Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia. A virtual option will also be available.
This year’s theme is ”Leadership Excellence: Assuring Maritime Superiority.” We have an impressive line up of speakers and all all are invited to participate.
The event is open to ANSO members and sponsored participants. Military services are sponsoring a number of spots which include a one year membership. Details on how to obtain a sponsorship can be found in the service specific messages posted in our event page.
Full details and the agenda can be found on our event page.