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AUSN Welcomes RADM Chris Cole as National Executive Director

AUSN is pleased to announce the arrival of RADM Christopher Cole as its National Executive Director.

Using the breadth of experience gained from his career in the Navy and private sector, RADM Cole brings a wealth of knowledge and energy to AUSN at an important time in the organization’s transformation in order meet the needs of our nation’s Sailors.

During his military career as an aviator, Rear Admiral Cole served in various flying and staff positions, ultimately commanding two aircraft squadrons and two amphibious ships. He graduated from the Naval War College, was a member of the Secretary of Defense Strategic Study Group, and attended the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

As a Flag Officer, Rear Admiral Cole served as the Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Korea in Seoul, Republic of Korea; Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic in Norfolk, Virginia; and Director, Ashore Readiness Division (N46) in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations in Washington, D.C., leading the Navy in the formation of consolidated Navy installation management and preparations for Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) 2005.

Since his retirement from active service in January 2004 Rear Admiral Cole has been a highly successful consultant to the Defense Industry in national security, energy strategy, environmental protection, BRAC, military construction, and installation management. He also serves on boards of several non-profit organizations, including Navy Safe Harbor Foundation and the Military Bowl.

In fact, RADM Cole is no stranger to AUSN — while serving as President of the Navy Safe Harbor Foundation, he has been housed for several years at the AUSN Headquarters and has come to know our operations and staff quite well.  His joining forces formally with AUSN brings closer his work with the Safe Harbor Foundation — and with it new dimensions how AUSN’s membership can reach out and help a whole new generation of Sailors in need.

Please feel free to contact RADM Cole directly at chris.cole@ausn.org or by telephone at (703) 548-5800.

Welcome aboard, Sir!

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