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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
Happy birthday, Navy! 242 years of dedicated service to our nation!
This year’s theme is “Sea Power to Protect and Promote” and our Sailors and Officers are doing just that, and no doubt, our ANSO Members are right in the thick of it! Our Navy continues to protect the sea lanes of communication worldwide; our Navy continues to support combat operations where our nation requires us worldwide; our Navy continues to provide humanitarian assistance and disaster relief worldwide; and it is our Sailors who are making this happen … worldwide!
The CNO recently transmitted the following message:
“The security environment today is fast-paced, complex, and increasingly competitive – the perfect conditions for our naval forces to succeed!
The men and women of the U.S. Navy have our best days when we draw inspiration from the Sailors that have gone before. Our history is rich with heroes that fought at Coral Sea, Midway, and Guadalcanal 75 years ago. Today, we strive to operate and fight with the same integrity, accountability, initiative, and toughness, as they demonstrated.
Dana and I are privileged to be a part of such an amazing team of Sailors, civilians, and families. Thanks to each and every one of you for your commitment to our Navy and our Nation.”
Once again, Happy Birthday to our Navy Shipmates! Thank you for your dedicated service to our nation, to our Navy, to our Shipmates and to ANSO! Anchors aweigh, full speed ahead!
William D. Rodriguez, Rear Admiral, United States Navy, Retired
El Presidente de ANSO
Saludos a Todos,
Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15) is upon us once again! Our past ANSO and Latina Style symposiums have been perfect precursors to Hispanic Heritage Month and this year’s theme. The national theme for 2017 is “Shaping the Bright Future of America.”
Hispanic Heritage Month traces its origins to September 1968, when President Lyndon B. Johnson proclaimed a National Hispanic Heritage Week. The week was expanded in 1988 by President Ronald Reagan to a month-long celebration honoring the histories, cultures and contributions of Americans who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. The strength of our Sea Services and Nation is derived from the diversity of our people, and Hispanic Sailors, Marines, Coast Guardsmen and Merchant Marines play a critical role in our Sea Services.
Today, Hispanics are participating and leading in every aspect of Sea Service operations, providing unique perspectives and experiences that enhance our culture and improve mission readiness. Our Hispanic Sea Service officers and enlisted leaders represent a long legacy of service by Hispanic Americans and serve as inspiring models for the next generation.
This year’s Hispanic Heritage Month theme reflects exactly what we are doing at ANSO and Latina Style. Our ANSO motto, “Building Hispanics Today to be Tomorrow’s Sea Service Leaders” completely supports this year’s national theme; we ARE shaping the bright future of America! This is exactly what our program is all about. Our chapters and our regional symposiums support mentoring and career development in order to make our members the best possible candidates for promotion and selection to command! We have much to celebrate—our collective past successes and our culture, but especially our leadership, our values, our heart and our spirit! Remember and honor our heritage and the legacy that has been entrusted to us by our ancestors.
With that in mind, I ask that each of you communicate what it means to be a Hispanic in the greatest Sea Services of the greatest nation in the world and how you are doing your part to shape the bright future of America. Do this not just during this celebratory month, but throughout the year! I ask each of you to continue to give back to our communities, our Sea Services and our Nation in ways that represent our values and reflect our culture! The following link is a good source for further information: http://hispanicheritagemonth.gov/. This month offers a special opportunity to show our true value to our communities, our Services and our nation!
¡Adelante con ANSO! ¡Muchísimas gracias!
Saludos afectuosos y muchas bendiciones a todos,
WILLIAM D. RODRIGUEZ
Rear Admiral, United States Navy, Retired
El Presidente de ANSO
Today marks 16 years since the 9/11 attacks, when 2,977 innocent lives were taken from us and many more were forever impacted. While our nation saw unspeakable horror that day, we also banded together in response to aid one another in a time of immense need.
We commemorate Patriot Day today, and each year, to honor the memory of those lost. Never forget.