Hola ANSO Familia!
It is with great pleasure and humility that I want to thank the members of ANSO for electing me to serve as your 15th National President. I feel very honored by the support and trust you have demonstrated to me. I am grateful to you for giving me this wonderful opportunity to lead ANSO for the next few years and working with CDR Jose Rosario, the Board of Directors (BOD), and all ANSO members to make this organization even more successful. I will strive in every way to be worthy of your confidence and to fulfill my duties the best I can.
As I commence this journey, I will use the guidance and mentorship of those who held this position before me. I would like to thank RDML Will Rodriguez, USN (Ret.) and Maj Kevin Cortes, USMC (Ret.) whom for eight years served and led this organization through tough times to accomplish great things. As I take on this new role, I also want to thank our current BOD members, who were elected and appointed to serve with me for the new term. Thank you to MajGen Frederick Padilla (USMC), LCDR Rolando Machado (USN), Mr. Matthew Paredes and all other members who were nominated for your commitment to ANSO and continued support. I am looking forward to continue working with all of you to take ANSO to the next level.
ANSO has made a real difference in my life and the lives of many of you. Our members are passionate leaders and mentors who are dedicated to our mission. We continue to cultivate great professionals in the Sea Services by fostering the personal growth and professional development of officers, enlisted and civilian personnel. That is why it is extremely important that all members do their part for the continued success of ANSO.
My goal during my term as President of ANSO is to find innovative ways within our organization to continue promoting cultural awareness within ANSO’s five pillars: Resources, Membership, Recruitment, Professional Development, and Community Outreach. Although, ANSO’s vision and mission are mostly guided towards Hispanics, yet it is not all inclusive to Hispanics. ANSO provides professional development opportunities and mentorship to Hispanics in the Sea Services but it also affords the same opportunity to other ethnic groups. By doing so, it creates an environment that actively promotes cultural awareness, which is key to improve communication and work relationships; all essential for a successful career.
Ahora es, ANSO! I firmly believe that cultural awareness is the path for better relations, collaborations and to push our members further in their careers. In this way, ANSO can contribute to building stronger Sea Services. We should never forget where we come from and be proud of our cultures because it makes us who we are…and we are strong diverse service members.
Ahora es, ANSO! It’s Time.
Time to give us your feedback.
Time to get involved and contribute to our organization.
Time to continue our legacy… uno y uno mas con ANSO!… Adelante con ANSO!
I am certainly happy to win these elections but I am also perfectly aware of the hard work that is to be done during the next years of my presidency. The time has come to fulfill the commitments given and I am ready for it. But any efforts would be of little use without your active support and collaboration.
I am calling on all of you now to work together to continue our mission.
Ahora es, ANSO!
La Presidenta de ANSO
On Thursday, January 31st, 2019 members from ANSO NY Chapter participated on a pantry/soup kitchen event helping the less fortunate members of our community.
Dear ANSO Members,
As my last official act as your President, I am proud to announce the results of our recent election:
President: CDR Blanca Rosas, USCG
Vice President: LCDR Jose Rosario, USCG
Secretary: CDR Tony Then, USN
PAO: LT Joey Olivares, USNR
CG Rep: LCDR Eric Driggs, USCGR
Please help me welcome aboard our new President and Vice President. Over the next couple of weeks, Kevin and I will do a complete turnover with Jose and Blanca. I would expect Rod and Marissa to complete a turnover with Eric and Joey as well.
For Jen, Rod & Roly, please notify our Service Diversity Offices of our new leadership change.
Again, I cannot thank you all enough for your support and dedication to me and ANSO. I hope that you will give Blanca and Jose the same support and dedication during their tenure! It has been an honor and a privilege to serve you for the past eight years. I hope that we have been able to make a difference.
Warm regards and with greatest sincerity,
Will Rodriguez, Rear Admiral, United States Navy, Retired
Antiguo Presidente de ANSO