Good Lines of Communication Are Key – How We Plan to Improve Upon this Strategy for 2020

2020 Association News Continuing the Conversation Series
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We are an association at the center of Surface Warfare. Our mission is to provide our members with support, programs, & various activities to enable professional growth, personal satisfaction, and camaraderie. Anyone can join. We represent the Surface Warfare Community.

The six tenets that we continue to use as our guide are:

  • Recognizing the continuing contributions of the United States Navy & Coast Guard’s Surface Forces in regards to the security of the United States
  • Showcasing professional excellence within the Surface Naval Forces
  • Dealing with the challenges that are faced as Surface Naval Forces in regards to National Security
  • Nurturing communication among military, academic, and business communities
  • Enhancing and Preserving the Heritage of Surface Naval Forces
  • Providing forums on professional matters affecting Surface Naval Forces and the United States Navy and Coast Guard

Our challenge is to ensure that we address these effectively to support all our members and the Surface Warfare Community as a whole.

Featuring many articles and in-depth interviews by CAPT Edward Lundquist, USN (Ret), is our quarterly newsletter, the Surface SITREP. Now in full color, this will continue to be the publication that we rely on to cover a wide range of topics to showcase all the varying interests in the Surface Community and our Members.

We recently updated our website. To improve clarity and transparency, we wanted to make this the go-to place to find information about our Association, as well as information on our Leadership, Chapters, Scholarship, Awards Program, and Events.

During our National Symposium and West Coast Symposium we record all the sessions. These are available to members on the Members Only Area of our website.

One of our newest features is our Continuing the Conversation Series Live Broadcast. Hosted through Facebook, these are 2-10-minute live interviews covering a wide range of topics. We launched this at our 31st National Symposium with the help of CAPT Chris Bushnell, USN (Ret) and Facebook. Within 2 weeks we reached over 15,000 views. Because of this we decided to host another set of interviews at our 21st West Coast Symposium. We are extremely grateful to FLTCM JoAnn Ortloff, USN (Ret) who not only helped us put together an amazing program but agreed to become the face for our Live Broadcast Series. Check our social media feeds in January to see our lineup of interviews during the 32nd National Symposium.

To help facilitate better communication with our Members and the Surface Community we are developing a blog section on our website called Surface Force. This is where you will find all our publications as well as any news and updates from the Association. Subscribe to this blog to receive the most recent updates and news.

We are pleased to announce that in the Spring of 2020 we will launch our new Podcast as part of our Continuing the Conversation Series. Released monthly, each episode will include 3 interviews and one group discussion focusing on one theme. Twice a year we will release a special edition on History, Heritage, and Tradition and its effect on the Surface Navy Today. CAPT Paul Rinn, USN (Ret) has agreed to take the lead and will be our voice. More information to follow in the new year.

We are always open to new ideas and suggestions and would love to hear your feedback on any of the above topics. We are on the following social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and YouTube.

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