Chapter leadership and Contact Information
|Chapter Name & Year Established||RADM RONALD J. RABAGO, USCG||2011|
|President||LTJG Bryant Crespo, USCGfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Vice President||LCDR Katherine G. Martínez Alvarez, USNemail@example.com|
|Secretary||Mr. Art Alanizfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Public Affairs Officer (PAO)||LT Graciela Fulleremail@example.com|
|Social Media Manager||LT Julia Wesbeyfirstname.lastname@example.org|
Chapter Leadership Information
|Chapter Name & Year Established||RADM José M. Cabanillas, USN||2006|
|President||CAPT Javier Medina, USN, Ph. D.||email@example.com|
|Vice President||AS1 Zabdiel E. Dueño Agosto, USNfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Secretary||PS1 Silvia Mantero, USNemail@example.com|
|Public Affairs Officer||ENS Christian Acevedo-Pérez, USCGfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Chaplain||LCDR Michael Monroig, USN|
|Navy Senior Enlisted Leader||CWO2 Yandi Hernandez, 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||CAPT Santico “Tico” Valenzuela, USN, Commanding Officer, HELICOPTER SEA COMBAT SQUADRON TWO (HSC 2)|
CDR Luis A. González, USN, Commanding Officer, USS BULKELEY (DDG 84)
CDR Carlos Otero, USN, Commanding Officer, USS NEW MEXICO (SSN 779)
|Notable Officers Present||CAPT Raul Acevedo, USN, Executive Officer, USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN 74)|
CDR Kristel O’Cañas, USN, Prospective Reactor Officer, USS GERALD R. FORD (CVN 78)
CDR Jason Gonzalez, USN, First Lieutenant, USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN 74)
|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!
Saludos, ANSO Familia!
Un fuerte abrazo para todos! Today we kick off Hispanic Heritage Month (HHM) 2022. HHM runs from September 15 to October 15 every year. This year’s theme is “Unidos: Inclusivity for a Stronger Nation.” The following article was written in collaboration with our partner, the Hispanic Veterans Leadership Alliance (HVLA), an organization dedicated to advocating for Hispanics and Latinos across all military services.
We encourage everyone to look for opportunities to participate in HHM events in your local communities. There are plenty of resources that share information on our history and events throughout the month. Join us in celebration of our rich heritage. Adelante con ANSO!
Hispanic Heritage Month Resources
- National Museum of the American Latino HHM 2022 Page
- National Museum of American History HHM 2022 Page
- Hispanic Star HHM 2022 Toolkit
United in Service to Our Country
Written by LCDR Diego Londoño, CHC, USN, CAPT Roy Love, USN (Ret), and Brigadier General Carlos E. Martínez, USAFR (Ret).
Hispanics have been serving in the American military since well before it became the United States of America. Going back to the Revolutionary war, let’s recount the little-known story of a merchant Captain named Jorge Farragut Mesquida. The latter hailed from Menorca, Spain, and served as a cavalry officer in the Tennessee militia. Jorge arrived in America in 1766 and took part in the American Revolutionary War, serving as a lieutenant, initially in the South Carolina Navy and then in the Continental Navy. While Jorge, who later changed his name to George, was a Spaniard who adopted the American Colonies first and later the United States of America as his home, his famous son, David Porter Farragut, was born an American and established himself as one of history’s most extraordinary Naval Officers, becoming the first Admiral in the United States Navy.
The son of a Spanish immigrant, Farragut, who rose through the ranks of the greatest Navy the world has ever known to become its first Admiral, was not considered Hispanic in the 1800s. There is no reference before 2010 describing David Farragut as Hispanic. Only recently has his name been associated with a culture and ethnic group that has contributed to our nation’s progress and greatness since its birth. David Farragut would not have become the distinguished gentleman he grew up to be without the help of an ally, David Porter.
This story is extraordinary and serves as a great example of what each of us, immigrants, and children of immigrants, can accomplish when we have the allies, the opportunity, the support, and the will to do what we must to succeed. Many more stories of Hispanic and Latino men and women in service are not being told, like that of Lieutenant Esteban Hotesse, a Dominican-born Latino member of the Tuskegee Airmen. According to The Atlantic, Hotesse’s story was found by Edward De Jesus, a research associate at the Dominican Studies Institute at the City University of New York (CUNY), New York (Lantigua, 2015). Hotesse, an Afro-Latino born in the Dominican Republic, served as an Officer in the US Army at a time when segregation and prejudice prevented men like him from reaching their highest potential. While the services have come a long way, we still find that opportunities for Hispanics can be limited. We must remember their stories and work together to continue to change for the better. United we triumph, divided we fall.
In November 2021, Disney released one of its latest animation movies, Encanto, allowing the world to see some extraordinary aspects of the Latino identity. The Familia Madrigal established a strong connection with the townspeople as the story developed. A shift occurs as the Familia rebuilds the foundations of the casita (the house Madrigal). The townspeople, united in one accord, meet their neighbors and pick up the tools to work with them side by side. “Lay down your load. We are only down the road. We have no gifts (magic), but we are many, and we’ll do anything for you,” repeats the song along this scene. This scene projects the powerful theme of this year’s Hispanic Heritage Month, “Unidos: Inclusivity for a Stronger Nation.”
Talking about the Latino and Hispanic identity is a complex and multidimensional process. Ask some people, and you’ll find that Latinos can be Hispanic, but Hispanics aren’t necessarily Latinos. Latinos can speak several languages, while Hispanics are primarily Spanish speakers or the children of Spanish-speaking parents. Yes, it is complex. Latinidad, a single identity collecting the unique Latino pan-ethnic experiences, continues to be part of the public debate in multiple forums. Even with this acknowledgment, common threads bring people from 33 nationalities together as one. And they are more than speaking a similar language!
Such unity is not just a link that binds us as Latinos who have migrated or inherited cultural traits in a new land (two-thirds of Latinos in the U.S. are native-born). This link is a commitment to be part of the U.S., the land of opportunities, and active participants in our nation’s socio-political and economic shaping. Like Farragut, we want to be seen as and treated the same way as all other American citizens of the United States. This commitment energizes the more than 62 million Latinos in this country to contribute their knowledge, skills, and abilities with plenty of sazón, from offices, shops, education centers, hospitals, fire and police stations, farms, and military commands, among others. According to a report from the Joint Economic Committee, “Latinos in the U.S. account for $2.3 trillion in economic activity.”
The Association of Naval Services Officers (ANSO) is proud to support our active duty Hispanic and Latino members across the Navy, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, and Merchant Marine. Latinos are doing amazing things in the Services, working in every field and across all military ranks, from Seamen to Admirals and Generals, Master Chiefs and Sergeant Majors, Captains of ships, Commanders of Strike Groups, and Senior Enlisted Advisors. While we have not had another David Farragut (Four Star Hispanic Admiral) since Admiral Horacio Rivero Jr. held the rank in 1972, we can proudly say that one of our own ANSO members, the Honorable Carlos Del Toro, is now the second Hispanic/Latino Secretary of the Navy since our founder, the Honorable Eduardo Hidalgo, served as SECNAV in 1980 and established this illustrious organization. We have come far, but there is more to do!
While Hispanics represent an ever-growing proportion of the U.S. population, they are not as well-represented among our military services. For example, while 18.7 percent of the U.S. population is Hispanic and 16.1 percent of our military members are Hispanic, Hispanics are greatly under-represented among the senior ranks of the military, constituting only 8.0 percent of the officer corps, and a paltry 2.6 percent of the general officer and naval flag ranks. The Hispanic Veterans Leadership Alliance (HVLA) has called attention to these disparities and is working with the Department of Defense to correct these inequities to have the military “reflect the face of America.”
The U.S. Navy Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Office defines inclusion as “The enabling of every individual of all identities to feel valued and welcomed.” With inclusion, every team member has an opportunity to reveal their value and to develop a true sense of belonging to the team. Our Hispanic Heritage Month theme highlights the continuous efforts to keep us united, belonging to intentionally inclusive environments that strengthen our families, organizations, communities, and nation.
Thankfully, ANSO and HVLA are working to ensure Latinos continue to grow and thrive in the Sea Services and across all Military Services. This month, we come together to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, the strong ties among Latinos, and the transcendental impact of unity, inclusiveness, and belonging in each of our areas of influence. ANSO and HVLA remain united in service to our country.
- Lantigua, J. (2015, November 5). An Unknown Latino Tuskegee Airman Has Been Discovered. Retrieved from The Atlantic: https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/11/unknown-latino-tuskegee-airman-discovered/433479/
Summer’s end was a time to remember the Marines and Sailors who gave their lives during the evacuation of Afghans and Americans from Kabul last year. During an infamous attack, while American forces assisted in humanitarian efforts, 13 U.S. Service members and almost 200 locals perished. Many others were severely injured. A year later, we still remember their sacrifice and commitment to the mission with honor and total dedication.
These selfless acts of service are part of the framework that brings new meaning to the 9-11 remembrance. More than two decades after terrorists crushed symbols of the American spirit, the grief over the close to 3,000 souls lost during the attacks and the dedication of the First Responders are part of the collective soul of America. These heroes have inspired many to transform their communities through service. Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance are concrete ways to redefine this response and multiply their efforts.
So many U.S. Service Members embraced this call to service in response to 9-11. The sweat and blood of those who served to defend freedom and democracy during the Global War on Terror inspire us to do our part. Our ANSO familia inspires Latinos to join our Sea Services and wear the uniform proudly while maintaining the highest professional standards and leadership. Each can do our part in mentoring, coaching, or sponsoring Latinos and underrepresented groups in our Armed Forces.
Another way of promoting service is by getting involved in our local areas and spreading seeds of benevolence. Small acts make a big difference. One way to do this is by connecting with 9/11 Day (https://911day.org/), an organization behind the September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance. Their mission “is to take back the day, transform the anniversary of 9/11 into a national day of doing good, and in the process rekindle the spirit of unity that arose in America in the immediate aftermath of the September 11, 2011, terrorist attacks.” By donating or checking the list of good deeds available around the nation, we can be a part of this new way of remembrance. We remember, move into action, and strengthen our nation as a unified front.
On August 17 we held our second chapter meeting. During our presentation, we introduce the current President, Vice President, and Secretary to current members and future members. Additionally, we took this opportunity to educate others about ANSO and recruit new members and supporters.
We are still looking for representatives from Military Units within the South Florida area (i.e SOUTHCOM, Homestead Reserve Air Force Base, Recruiting Offices) to help us get our message out.
We are just getting started, there will be different events and community outreach opportunities coming soon. Stay Tune!
Thank you to the national leadership for your constant support and guidance.
Thank you for visiting our page! If you have not joined yet, don’t forget to click the “Join ANSO” link and become a member!
Being an ally to underrepresented, marginalized, or underprivileged people is challenging and demanding. It begins with engaging in self-work to understand the areas of privilege and particular elements that create our persona. Standing by those targeted by overt or covert forms of discrimination requires courage, discipline, and integrity.
Two of our sibling affinity organizations, the Sea Services Leadership Association (SSLA) and the National Naval Officers Association (NNOA), held yearly symposiums this month. These organizations promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in the military, encourage mentoring and coaching, address issues of relevance among underrepresented groups, and invite military leaders to challenge the audience with their uplifting messages.
Celebrating with SSLA and NNOA this month is amplified by the celebration of the 80th anniversary of the establishment of the Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service (WAVES) Act and the 50th anniversary of the appointment of Rear Adm. Samuel L. Gravely Jr., the first African American to reach the flag rank in the U.S. Navy. These historical events are remarkable examples of the journey of inclusion and equity that brought diversity to our armed forces.
WAVES provided much-needed flexibility, creativity, and abilities to our Navy during World War II. Almost 100,000 females joined the enlisted and officer ranks and provided coverage in different areas around the Fleet. This temporary program became a permanent solution, providing new perspectives and optimal support during crucial times in our nation’s history. The women who served in the WAVES program paved the way for the female sailors of today and their ability to participate in all operational environments.
Vice Adm. Gravely transitioned from Seaman to Admiral during decades of great turmoil. He became the first U.S. Navy African American to reach the ranks of commander, captain, rear admiral, and vice admiral. This Virginian, who served for 38 years, was a committed trailblazer and leader who made the best out of each opportunity that came his way. His KSA in communications kept expanding through the decades, even after he retired from active duty.
This month we celebrate with our SSLA and NNOA sisters and brothers as we renew our commitment to walking side by side with them. May the valuable example of the WAVES and leaders like Vice Adm. Gravely energize us to be allies to other underrepresented groups. After all, en familia, we suffer with those who suffer and celebrate with those who celebrate (see 1 Cor 12:26).
William H. Thiesen, Ph.D.
Atlantic Area Historian
United States Coast Guard
Hispanic American personnel have served in search and rescue operations since the nineteenth century. For example, in 1899, James Lopez of the Provincetown (Massachusetts) Life-Saving Station became the first Hispanic American service member to receive the Silver Lifesaving Medal. But the greatest number of Hispanic American personnel served not in stations along the East Coast, but in Florida and along the Gulf Coast.
In Texas, Coast Guard Station Number 222, also known as the Brazos Life-Saving Station (and currently named the South Padre Island Station), was known for employing several distinguished Hispanic lifesavers. In 1897, surfmen Telesford Pena and Ramon Delgado became two of the first Hispanic Americans to join the United States Life-Saving Service. Over the years, Brazos men endured numerous storms and hurricanes, including the deadly Galveston Hurricane of 1900; however, none of these storms proved as memorable as the killer storm of 1919.
Early September 1919 found Hispanic-American lifesavers Pablo Valent, Mariano Holland and Indalecio Lopez serving at the Brazos Station. Valent was born in Corpus Christi, Texas, to Spanish immigrant Antonio Valent and native Texan, Romana Dominguez Valent. In 1912, Valent joined the U.S. Life-Saving Service and would spend most of his career at Brazos Station. By 1915, he had already advanced to Brazos Station’s Number 1 Surfman (or boatswains’ mate first class by later standards) and recognized by his superiors as “a very efficient man.” Two years older than Valent, Surfman Mariano Holland joined the Life-Saving Service in 1915, the same year it became the modern U.S. Coast Guard. And Surfman Lopez began serving in 1919, only a few months after his discharge from the U.S. Army. He suffered from gas poisoning in World War I, an injury that would plague him till his early death in 1933.
Unknown to these men, a tropical disturbance in the Lesser Antilles had spawned a storm, which grew rapidly into a Category 4 hurricane. The storm grazed the Florida Keys and slipped into the sheltered waters of the Gulf of Mexico. This hurricane later became known as the notorious “Florida Keys Hurricane,” one of the top ten deadliest storms in U.S. history. In its path sailed numerous unsuspecting vessels, several of which would be lost with all hands.
One of these ships, the seventy-seven-ton schooner Cape Horn, had been fishing far out in the Gulf. The storm descended on the schooner and its crew of eight on the night of Saturday, September 13th, capsizing the vessel and flooding the hold. The crew managed to cut away the sails and rigging allowing the mastless vessel to right itself. But, for the next two days and nights, the crew had to man the bilge pumps non-stop to keep the hulk afloat. Meanwhile, the men clung to the foundering vessel as the storm pushed it toward the Texas coast.
At daybreak on Tuesday, September 16th, the Brazos Station watchman spotted the Cape Horn in the distant storm-tossed seas. She was lying low in the water with stumps left for masts and it was obvious that the schooner was about to sink. Station keeper Wallace Reed, Valent, Lopez, Holland and the rest of the boat crew knew quick action was required. They launched the surfboat in some of the worst sea conditions ever seen in the area. Huge waves broke as far as the eye could see. And the bar they had to pass to reach the Gulf was a cauldron of cross currents, roiling seas and angry whitewater.
Nonetheless, the crew deployed its Type “E” 36-foot motor surfboat into the teeth of the storm. The Type E relied on oar power as well as an early internal combustion engine. Starting out in the storm-tossed surf, the craft rolled onto its beam-ends throwing the men violently from side to side. The surfboat constantly shipped seas and flew over bruising combers. Several times the surfboat jumped clear of the seas to come crashing down into the trough below. A veteran of twenty years service, Keeper Reed had never seen such dangerous and confused seas in his life.
After battling the elements for two hours, Valent, Lopez, Holland and the rest of the men managed to reach the foundering schooner. Cape Horn’s dispirited crew managed to hang-on even with heavy seas surging over the schooner’s deck. To avoid wrecking the surfboat against the submerged vessel, the Brazos crew used their oars to accelerate the surfboat to the hulk in the interval between each breaker. Using this method, they snatched off the survivors one at a time, and then retreat before the next breaker to return for another victim.
The lifesavers brought all eight survivors into the boat for the ride back to shore. Unfortunately, the return trip appeared more dangerous than the struggle to reach the ship. The lifeboat was overloaded with fifteen men and heavy seas formed huge breakers cascading onto the beach. Turning back was not an option, because the Cape Horn had slipped below the waves shortly after the last survivor was rescued. As the surfboat neared the shore, Keeper Reed found the surf pummeling the beach and had to choose a landing point two miles from his original embarkation point. Though crewmembers Valent, Lopez and Holland were skilled surfmen, the boat shipped seas constantly as huge waves boarded the surfboat from the stern.
With his crew soaked and exhausted and the Cape Horn survivors clutching thwarts and gunnels for safety, the odds weighed heavily against a safe landing. Keeper Reed deployed the surfboat’s drogue, a service-issued bucket-like device made of canvas and designed to work like a sea anchor. This contrivance controlled the boat’s speed as it surfed over powerful waves and helped Reed keep the boat on course for the beach.
Disaster struck within 100 yards of land when heavy seas burst the drogue. With huge breakers curling all around, loss of the drogue could propel the surfboat into the deadly surf, overturning the watercraft and killing or injuring those inside. In more than one such case, an entire surfboat crew had been drowned. But Valent, Lopez, Holland, Keeper Reed and the rest of the crew managed to hold the boat steady using their oars and, with the aid of the boat’s engine, powered the boat on top of a towering wave headed for shore. Riding on the crest of the roller, the surfboat sped toward the beach and, without any added effort by the crew, landed high and dry without spilling out any of the fifteen occupants.
The Cape Horn rescue proved a complete success. In addition to bringing back the schooner’s eight men alive, the Brazos crew skillfully maneuvered their surfboat onto the beach without serious damage to the craft. In its “Annual Report” for 1920, the Treasury Department noted:
The rescue of the crew of the water-logged schooner Cape Horn on September 16, 1919, by the crew of Coast Guard Station No. 222 (coast of Texas) affords an instance of wreck service in which superb surfmanship, added to dogged grit, overcame well-nigh insuperable difficulties and brought success to hazardous a effort.
For their death-defying feat, the Brazos crew, including Valent, Lopez and Holland received a commendation from Coast Guard commandant William Reynolds, in which he wrote, “The conduct of all who embarked upon this perilous enterprise appears to have been deserving of high praise, and I take great pleasure in commending all concerned for the gallantry displayed.” The privately run American Cross of Honor Society awarded the men the prestigious Grand Cross Medal for this act of “unusual heroism.” And, in 1921, the men received the Silver Life-Saving Medal from the Coast Guard. This was only the second time in Service history that Hispanic-American lifesavers had received the award.
The Florida Keys Hurricane of September 1919 was one of the deadliest in Texas history. It heavily damaged the Brazos Station and leveled the Coast Guard Station at nearby Aransas. In addition to the scores of victims lost in the Gulf, hundreds of men, women and children lost their lives along the flooded Texas coast.
Pablo Valent went on to a successful career in the United States Coast Guard. In 1935, he took command of the Brazos Station (a.k.a. Port Isabel Coast Guard Station), becoming the Service’s first Hispanic American station commander. In 1940, Valent retired after twenty-eight years of service in the Coast Guard and passed away in 1969 at the age of seventy-seven. Pablo Valent, Mariano Holland, Indalecio Lopez and the Brazos Station lifesaving crew went in harm’s way so that others might live and they were all members of the long blue line.
We wish all our Coast Guard brothers and sisters a happy 232nd birthday! The article below was taken from GoCoastGuard.com, and the video from Channel 10 Tampa Bay.
The Coast Guard: America’s Oldest Maritime Defenders
The Coast Guard is one of the oldest organizations of the federal government. Established in 1790, the Coast Guard served as the nation’s only armed force on the sea until Congress launched the Navy Department eight years later. Since then, the Coast Guard has protected the United States throughout its long history and served proudly in every one of the nation’s conflicts.
The Coast Guard through History
4 August 1790 – President George Washington signs the Tariff Act that authorizes the construction of ten vessels, referred to as “cutters,” to enforce federal tariff and trade laws and to prevent smuggling. The Revenue Cutter Service expanded in size and responsibilities as the nation grew.
1915 – The Revenue Cutter Service merges with the U.S. Life-Saving Service, and is officially renamed the Coast Guard, making it the only maritime service dedicated to saving life at sea and enforcing the nation’s maritime laws.
1939 – President Franklin Roosevelt orders the transfer of the Lighthouse Service to the Coast Guard, putting it in charge of maritime navigation.
1946 – Congress permanently transfers the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Marine Inspection and Navigation to the Coast Guard, putting merchant marine licensing and merchant vessel safety in its control.
1967 – The Coast Guard is transferred to Department of Transportation.
2003 – The Coast Guard is again transferred, this time to the Department of Homeland Security, where it currently serves.
The Coast Guard Today
The Coast Guard is both a federal law enforcement agency and a military force, and therefore is a faithful protector of the United States in peacetime and war. In times of peace, the Coast Guard operates as part of the Department of Homeland Security, enforcing the nation’s laws at sea, protecting the marine environment, guarding the nation’s vast coastline and ports, and performing vital life saving missions. In times of war, or at the direction of the President, the Coast Guard serves under the Department of the Navy, defending the nation against terrorism and foreign threats.
The Coast Guard is the principal Federal agency responsible for maritime safety, security, and environmental stewardship in U.S. ports and waterways. In this capacity, the Coast Guard protects and defends more than 100,000 miles of U.S. coastline and inland waterways, and safeguards an Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) encompassing 4.5 million square miles stretching from North of the Arctic Circle to South of the equator, from Puerto Rico to Guam, encompassing nine time zones – the largest EEZ in the world. As one of the five Armed Services of the United States, the Coast Guard is the only military branch within the Department of Homeland Security. In addition to its role as an Armed Service, the Coast Guard is a first responder and humanitarian service that provides aid to people in distress or impacted by natural and man-made disasters whether at sea or ashore. The Coast Guard is a member of the Intelligence Community, and is a law enforcement and regulatory agency with broad legal authorities associated with maritime transportation, hazardous materials shipping, bridge administration, oil spill response, pilotage, and vessel construction and operation.
The over 56,000 members of the Coast Guard operate a multi-mission, interoperable fleet of 243 Cutters, 201 fixed and rotary-wing aircraft, and over 1,600 boats. Operational control of surface and air assets is vested in two Coast Guard geographical Areas (Pacific and Atlantic), nine Coast Guard Districts, and 37 Sectors located at strategic ports throughout the country. Six Mission Support Logistics and Service Centers provide services for operational assets and shore facilities. Coast Guard program oversight, policy development, and personnel administration are carried out at Coast Guard Headquarters located on the St. Elizabeths campus in Washington, DC.
On an average day, the Coast Guard:
- conducts 45 search and rescue cases;
- saves 10 lives;
- saves over $1.2M in property;
- seizes 874 pounds of cocaine and 214 pounds of marijuana;
- conducts 57 waterborne patrols of critical maritime infrastructure;
- interdicts 17 illegal migrants;
- escorts 5 high-capacity passenger vessels;
- conducts 24 security boardings in and around U.S. ports;
- screens 360 merchant vessels for potential security threats prior to arrival in U.S. ports;
- conducts 14 fisheries conservation boardings;
- services 82 buoys and fixed aids to navigation;
- investigates 35 pollution incidents;
- completes 26 safety examinations on foreign vessels;
- conducts 105 marine inspections;
- investigates 14 marine casualties involving commercial vessels;
- facilitates movement of $8.7B worth of goods and commodities through the Nation’s Maritime Transportation System.
Herndon, VA – The American Latino Veterans Association (ALVA) and the Association of Naval Services Officers (ANSO) announce that they have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) agreement to cooperate to support Latino service members and veterans.
Founded in 1981 by the first Secretary of the Navy of Hispanic descent, the Honorable Eduardo Hidalgo, the Association of Naval Services Officers (ANSO) has long served as a mentoring and career development-focused organization. In addition to supporting outreach within America’s underserved communities, ANSO directly supports Hispanic/Latino(a) members in their decision to remain in their respective services and also helps those who separate or retire find outside employment through its extensive network.
The American Latino Veterans Association (ALVA) exists to help Latino veterans thrive and recognize their indispensable contributions throughout history. ALVA focuses on five key areas: Workforce development/job placement, Entrepreneurship and business growth, telling the stories of Latinos’ military contributions since the inception of our nation, Advocacy on policies that benefit veterans and Latinos, and a Repository of information on benefits/resources these veterans have earned.
“ANSO is proud to partner with and support ALVA. Together, we will continue to help our Hispanic, and Latino Service members thrive and be recognized for their exceptional contributions, not only while they serve, but also after separation or retirement.” CAPT Roy Love, President, ANSO.
“ALVA is so very excited to cement this relationship with ANSO and bolster the important work they have been doing for decades,” said Danny Vargas, Chairman/CEO of ALVA. “We share not only a common constituency, but also a common commitment to doing everything possible to Latino service members and veterans to have the access, the tools, and the resources needed to succeed.”
About Association of Naval Services Officers (ANSO):
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About American Latino Veterans Association (ALVA):
The American Latino Veterans Association (ALVA) is a registered 501c3 that exists to help American Latino veterans thrive after their military service, access the benefits they have earned, and enhance recognition of Latino contributions to our nation’s defense since before its inception. For more information on ALVA visit https://www.alvavets.org or follow us on our social media channels:
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Today we said farewell to our Vice President LCDR Katherine Martínez Alvarez. After an extremely successful tour as Commanding Officer of Naval Base Kitsap Bangor’s Transient Personnel Unit (TPU), LCDR Martínez Alvarez is on her way to Germany to continue to execute the mission of the Navy. Her leadership and energy will be sorely missed by the Seattle Chapter familia. Fair winds and following seas. ¡Felicidades y buena suerte!
Each person plays a role in groups, whether private or professional. These roles require constant adaptation and the use of a skill set – sometimes innate or learned from the environment – of which belonging and connection are a foundation. These roles, in many cases, become fundamental in the turn of historical events or in saving lives.
The role of Navy codebreakers during World War II, particularly in the Japanese naval force’s defeat during the Battle of Midway, was one of the most significant advantages for the allied forces. During the celebration of the 80th anniversary of the crucial win of the battle of Midway, the persistence, creativity, and hard work exercised by cryptanalysts to unlock the code used by the enemy forces in their radio communications continues to be recognized. The hard-working team worked out of a basement and dedicated long hours to this endeavor. Their role was pivotal to winning the war in the Pacific corridor.
Juneteenth celebrates the delivery of the news of the Emancipation Proclamation to the approximately 250,000 remaining slaves in Texas. This event took place nearly two and a half years after President Lincoln had released the proclamation nationwide and a few months after the end of the Civil War. What had been a local observance became a national holiday last year. One of the most remarkable aspects of this observance is the role played by U.S. Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger. Gen. Granger, who fought alongside Admiral David Glasgow Farragut during the Battle of Mobile Bay, issued General Order 3 to deliver the news about freedom to all slaves in the American Union. Gen. Granger became the instrument to share this transcendental news of hope and freedom.
As we consider the roles of those who changed history, a question transpires about the role we play in groups as agents of connection and clear communication. How do we recognize that role? How intentional are we in understanding our place in these organizations? How do we know when a role is or could be of major impact?
One role available to all our ANSO leaders/members may be to share the most recent change to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Starting 16 July 2022, anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress can get assistance 24/7 by dialing 988 from any phone in the United States. The National Suicide Prevention Hotline provides information about resources available in the area. Services are confidential and free of charge. The change will not impact access to Veterans Crisis Line, which will still be available to Veterans and their loved ones. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), in coordination with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), is exploring the best way to get the word out to Veterans, service members, and their families about the 988 activation. To learn more about how 988 will affect the Veterans Crisis Line, click here. We can all play a role in suicide prevention, let’s get the word out.
As we celebrate and thank this country for all the blessings it provides, and salute her on her 246th birthday, we reflect on our origin stories and appreciate each other. Just like our forefathers, some of our members started their journey in foreign lands, while others were first in their family to be born in this great nation. Regardless of our origins, we are a family proud and honored to serve, or to have served, the United States in uniform. Today and every holiday, we should take the opportunity to get together with our service brothers and sisters to celebrate the different paths that brought us together. The quality time together off-duty helps to strengthen bonds that help us through good times and bad, and inviting friends for get-togethers is part of our American DNA. Enjoy your BBQs, stay safe, and take care of each other.
Happy 4th of July!!
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