service leaders. We have directly assisted Hispanic service members
in being selected for a number of commissioning programs, promotions
and other opportunities for professional growth within their respective career
paths. Above all else, our dedication to our Hispanic shipmates is
founded on the belief that we will help them become the best-qualified
candidates as they climb their respective career ladders of success.
ANSO is expanding its career management mission to include transition
services. We have directly supported a number of our Hispanic members
in their decision to remain in their respective services. We have also
helped those who separate or retire to find outside employment.
Moreover, once our members leave the sea service, they are still able
to receive numerous veteran benefits through active participation in
mentorship events and networking opportunities offered by ANSO, as
well as share advice and experience with members currently serving.
In addition to supporting the Hispanic men and women of the sea
services, ANSO members volunteer in support of their local communities
to grow the Hispanic youth of today to be tomorrow's leaders. It is
our responsibility to connect with the Hispanic youth of this country,
to prepare them to become tomorrow’s leaders and present to them
the positive role models of our sea services. We have been directly
responsible in supporting the sea services’ recruiting efforts, including
awarding a number of Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps Immediate
ANSO credits its success not only to its members, but to its organization’s
annual program. Our program consists of a number of one to two-day
working-level symposiums collocated with one of the local chapters. The
symposiums are designed to provide members with career management
support and one-on-one mentoring sessions with senior officers and
senior enlisted members. If you attended one of our past symposiums, I
am sure you will agree with me that they are well worth attending. We
continue to focus on our shipmates, as well as our successes as sea
service Hispanics. With the change in demographics in this country, it is
important—now more than ever—that our organizations continue to
focus on building and supporting Hispanic leaders in all walks of life.
If you are a Sailor, a Marine or a Coast Guardsman, I encourage you to
join ANSO. Between community service and volunteer opportunities, as
well as career development support there is something for everyone, and
surely something you can share with our members as well. More information
is available at www.ansomil.org.
Commissioning of the CDR Everett Alvarez, Jr, USN, Retired ANSO
Chapter of Mobile, Alabama. April 2012.
Finally, many of you have heard Mr. Robert Bard share his pride with his
ANSO affiliation. ANSO has created a special bond with LATINA Style, and
our collaborative missions are making significant progress in our respective
To my shipmates, thank you all for what you do on a daily basis to make
this world a better place to live, and thank you all for your continuing service!
¡Adelante con ANSO! We are the premier Hispanic organization of
the sea services – “Building Today’s Hispanics to be Tomorrow’s Sea
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CAPT Kathy Contres receives the 2007 NENAAC Award.
ANSO Board of Directors meeting. October 2011.
ANSO symposium attendees engage in career discussions with RADM
Pepe Castillo, USCG, Ret,. September 2016.
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