|Chapter Name & Year Established||RADM Ronald J. Rabago, USCG||2011|
|President||LTJG Bryant Crespo, USCG||SeattleWA@ansomil.org|
|Vice President||LCDR Katherine G. Martínez Alvarez, USN||SeattleWA@ansomil.org|
|Public Affairs Officer (PAO)||Vacant|
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Chapter Leadership Information
|Chapter Name & Year Established||RADM Jose M. Cabanillas, USN||2006|
|President||LCDR Rolando Machado Jr., USNemail@example.com|
|Vice President||AT1(AW/EXW/SW) Karen Gonzalez, USNfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Secretary||PS1 Silvia Mantero, USNemail@example.com|
|Public Affairs Officer||AE1(AW/SW) William Gonzalez Jr., USNfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|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 at email@example.com so that we can ensure the local role models are properly accounted for here!
On October 5th, our ANSO New England Chapter members held their first Hispanic Heritage Month Block Party at Base Boston. Over 200 people showed up and shared in fellowship, games, food, music, and coquito. There was music, piñatas, competitions, and food sampling stations. This event was a fun way to share a little bit of the Hispanic culture with coworkers and friends from the surrounding area. A Venezuelan food truck and a Puerto Rican caterer ensured that no attendee left hungry.
The spotlight event for the day was the Coquito Competition. In total, 10 competitors prepared their special recipes and put together short descriptions about their coquitos- many of these competitors got creative with their write-ups. Event attendees sampled the different recipes and voted on their favorite. The creator of the winning recipe, Navidades Caribe (Caribbean Christmas), was dubbed the 2021 Boston Coquito Champion.
USO New England helped with set up, and provided some of the beverages and outdoor games. A huge thank you to USO New England for their support.
New England is one of our newest ANSO Chapters - if you’re interested in learning more about the New England Chapter, reach out at NewEngland@ansomil.org.
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The ANSO family celebrates with joy and enthusiasm Hispanic Heritage Month 2021 with the theme “ESPERANZA: A Celebration of Hispanic Heritage and Hope.” Our celebration began with our ANSO Presidente’s powerful message. This was the first step leading to a series of interviews, available through our social media channels, sharing the meaning of ESPERANZA in their lives and through this observance.
As I consider ESPERANZA, the sound of Latin pop rings to the core of my being as a powerful song comes to my memory. Color ESPERANZA (The Color of Hope), a song popularized by Diego Torres a decade ago and recently released as a united collaboration of various Hispanic/Latinx artists, brings the message to heart (see lyrics and watch the video below). According to the song, we follow a cognitive process (to know that it is possible) of assurance and validation that leads us to a desire to make things happen (to want it to happen). Then, we must take time to identify our apprehensions and challenges and develop plans to deal with them (to get rid of our fears). After that, it is time to bring hope to the forefront. The song uses a powerful image: paint our faces with the color of hope. This image recalls the face painting used by some of our forces to cover their faces before missions or trainings. In this case, hope is what we are wearing for the world to see. Then, we step into the future with our hearts, with passion, ready to meet new horizons and believe in what we do.
ESPERANZA is a lifestyle, a way to face challenges in life, whether personal, with our families, our teams, or professional, taking steps with confidence and projecting hope. As we celebrate this observance, it is time to renew our ESPERANZA and challenge ourselves to be ESPERANZA for our teammates.
September is also a time to remember the many lives lost to suicide, as we renew our commitment to being there for anyone who struggles with mental health or depression. In some cases, we may have to recognize it is time for us to take a knee and rest. ESPERANZA speaks to that. Instead of considering the great fight against suicide and depression, I invite you to consider the personal opportunities to walk with one another, listen with the intent to understand, and respond when your brother or sister in uniform needs you the most. Be ESPERANZA.
If you have not heard the most recent release of Color ESPERANZA, take some time, and check it out below. The lyrics are great material for personal reflection or group discussion as we continue our Hispanic Heritage observance. Remember to join us for ANSO’s virtual celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month and our 40th Anniversary on Wednesday, 6 October starting at 1300 (see more details on our events calendar).
Dear ANSO Familia,
I want to thank Ms. Blanca Rosas for everything she and all of the other ANSO leaders who served our organization for the last several years have done for all of us. Their hard work and dedication have paved the way for significant progress for Latinos and Hispanics in the Sea Services. Those of us who are blessed to follow them have a much easier task because of all they have already done. Thank you Blanca, Jose, and the Board of Directors (BOD) members who preceded us. We are in your debt.
It is an honor for me to have been selected as your new President. Having just retired, I was hoping I would find a great hobby to keep me from being bored everyday! I couldn’t have asked for a better opportunity to continue to give back to our Service members. Thank you for putting your confidence in me. I am fully committed to making ANSO the premier Hispanic and Latino Resource Group in any Service. It is an honor to have Rolando Machado as our Vice President. Together with the other members of the BOD, we will make ANSO even greater than it has been.
As your President, I intend to focus on four lines of effort, all tied to ANSO’s Five Pillars (Resources, Membership, Recruitment, Professional Development, and Community Outreach).
- LOE 1: Increase the Resources we provide our members. (Resources and Professional Development) - We will provide our members better Leadership Training, Mentoring, and career management opportunities, as well as help identify and provide learning opportunities through partnerships and sponsorships.
- LOE 2: Grow our Community ( Membership and Recruitment) - We will increase our internal membership, and support the Service’s outreach and recruiting programs to increase the number of Latinos/Hispanics in service, especially in retaining our top talent to see them reach the highest ranks possible.
- LOE 3: Increase external Community Outreach and partnerships. (Community Outreach, Professional Development) - We will work with outside organizations, like HISPA, Hispanic Star, HACR, and other ERGs to increase our external engagement, to offer our members increased visibility, and give them opportunities to engage outside in support of underrepresented Latino/Hispanic communities.
- LOE 4: Increase ANSO Brand Recognition - Too few service members know what ANSO is and does. We will aim to increase awareness of our name and brand, while working to become a premier Hispanic and Latino Resource group in the United States Sea Services. We will ensure we are fully engaged with our members and all the Sea Services Leadership, and to provide the highest value to our members, and the highest levels of support to our Services.
I need your support to do all of this. ANSO was established by the Honorable Secretary of the Navy Eduardo Hidalgo in 1981 to reach out to Hispanic/Latino communities and attract qualified Hispanics/Latinos to apply to the Sea Service’s Officer programs. This mission is still applicable today. While the enlisted community has grown significantly, our Officer Corps have not. We need to continue the mission. Today, Secretary Hidalgo would be exceedingly glad to see Secretary Del Toro in his seat. We have come a long way, but there is still much to do. Let’s do this, together.
My first request to all of our members:
In two weeks, Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations and activities will begin across the US. ANSO should be part of as many events as possible. We have posted several of these on our webpage calendar. I encourage everyone to visit ansomil.org, follow us on LinkedIn, and if you have it, Facebook, and try to participate in as many Hispanic Heritage Month (HHM) events as you can. Whenever the opportunity arises, please talk about ANSO. We will have our own HHM event in Late September/Early October. As you all may know, the new Secretary of the Navy, the Honorable Carlos Del Toro, is a lifetime ANSO member. He will be at our HHM event. We are waiting to confirm his availability before we set a date. All ANSO members should be present, if able.
There are a few other events taking place that we should attend if at all possible.
- HISPA Virtual Recruiting Event Oct 7 1700-1900 - This is a great opportunity to give back to our community and for outreach
- Hispanic Star HHM Opening Ceremony Sep 15th 1530 – Virtual – Hispanic Star has been a strong supporter of ANSO in the past year.
- NHHC Panel “Latinx: A question of Indentity” Sep 15th 1200-1300 Washington Navy Yard.
I am at your service, always. Please do not hesitate to reach out directly to me with any questions, concerns, or recommendations. Please feel free to connect with me on LINKEDIN.
With the utmost respect,
Roy Love, CAPT USN, (Ret)
President, Association of Naval Services Officers