SURFOR Speaks at ANSO Luncheon

By Naval Surface Forces Public Affairs

SAN DIEGO – Vice Adm. D.C. Curtis, Commander, Naval Surface Forces/Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, attended an Association of Naval Services Officers (ANSO) luncheon on April 30, part of a five-day symposium at the Admiral Kidd Club on Naval Base Point Loma.

As part of his remarks, Curtis spoke about the importance of leadership, mentoring and diversity in the military to the gathering of Navy, Marine and Coast Guard enlisted and officers.

"Diversity is part of the strength of our Navy and it is part of the strength of our nation. It is good when you have a diverse group with diverse ideas all working together to make our Navy better," said Curtis.

ANSO has been helping dedicated Hispanic Sailors reach their goals for more than 28 years by offering mentoring, networking and a foundation from which to excel.

The incoming president of ANSO, Cmdr. Angela Katson, Commanding Officer of Navy Recruiting District San Antonio, Texas, is a perfect example of ANSO's mission to help Hispanic Sailors succeed in their careers. Katson joined the Navy as a deck seaman and worked her way up through the ranks.

Katson said, "My first mentor was my commanding officer, Capt. D. J. O'Shea, when I was a deck seaman. The advice and assistance I received from him helped me become the officer I am today. I plan to bring this experience to ANSO and offer the next generation of Sailors the same opportunities that I had."

Vice Adm. Curtis added, “It's important to have these types of symposiums, but it's not just about diversity, it's about professional development, mentorship, and the opportunity to ask questions and network. I would like those in attendance today to know that there is support from the leadership, but you should also take away the challenge of knowing you have to do the best job you can. If you want command, if you want to advance, if you want that next promotion - then it's about performance, " he said.

After the luncheon a break-out session was held to give attendees a chance to ask questions of the senior leadership. A panel of officers and senior enlisted fielded questions on everything from what to expect in the Navy of the future to personal experiences about different career fields.

The panel members included Cmdr. Yvette Davids, Military Executive Assistant to the Executive Director for Naval Surface Forces and former commanding officer of the guided missile frigate USS Curts (FFG 38), Cmdr. Dennis Velez, Deputy Pers-41, Lt. Cmdr. Tony Then, Naval Surface Forces Flag Secretary, and ICCM(SW) Angel Nolasco, from USS Mobile Bay (CG 53). ANSO's core values of leadership, excellence and dedication, is the base that senior members use to help the junior members stay competitive in the changing environment of today's military. Through mentoring, networking and camaraderie, naval services officers and enlisted are encouraged to excel by exemplifying professionalism, hard work and dedication to the military, their colleagues and themselves.