Cleveland Chapter of Association of Naval Services Officers gets renamed after former 9th District Chief of Staff

9th Coast Guard District News
CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Chapter of the Association of Naval Services Officers was renamed in honor of a former 9th Coast Guard District chief of staff during a renaming ceremony held at the Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Cleveland at the Cleveland Moorings, Wednesday morning.

The Cleveland Chapter of ANSO was renamed the Rear Adm. Joseph “Pepe” Castillo ANSO Chapter of Cleveland in honor of Castillo, who recently retired from the Coast Guard after 35 years of service.

Castillo, most recently served as deputy commander, Coast Guard Pacific Area in Alameda, Calif. Before that, he was the 11th Coast Guard District commander. His other flag officer assignment was as director of response policy at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington D.C. Prior to becoming a flag officer, Castillo served as the 9th Coast Guard District’s chief of staff, and commanded Coast Guard Group New Orleans where he was instrumental in leading Coast Guard efforts to rescue and evacuate more than 33,500 people from the coasts of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama following the devastation of Hurrican Katrina.

Also in attendence at the renaming ceremony were Rear Adm. Michael N. Parks, commander 9th Coast Guard District, retired U.S. Navy Rear Adm. William Rodriguez, the ANSO National President, members of the North Coast Chief Petty Officers Association and members of the North Coast of Ohio Officers Association.

The ANSO mission is to assist the sea service chiefs’ efforts in Hispanic workforce recruitment and retention, by fostering the personal growth and professional development of officers, enlisted, and civilian personnel; providing mentorship, networking, training, and educational opportunities; and engaging the Hispanic community through outreach initiatives.

Recruiting Hispanics and preparing them for careers in the Navy was a special project of United States Secretary of the Navy Edward Hidalgo during the Carter administration from 1979-1981. Hidalgo began addressing recruitment options at the Hispanic Officer Recruitment Conference (HORC) in December 1980. As a result of this meeting, the Association of Naval Service Officers was created. ANSO was formally established in February 1981.

Rear Adm. Joseph "Pepe" Castillo, deputy commander Coast Guard Pacific Area, watches the unveiling of the Association of Naval Services Officers Cleveland Chapter's new banner bearing his name during a renaming ceremony April 10, 2013. ANSO's mission is to assist the sea service chiefs' efforts in Hispanic workforce recruitment and retention,by fostering personal growth and professional development. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Levi Read)

Rear Adm. Joseph “Pepe” Castillo, deputy commander Coast Guard Pacific Area, watches the unveiling of the Association of Naval Services Officers Cleveland Chapter’s new banner bearing his name during a renaming ceremony April 10, 2013. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Levi Read

Rear Adm. Joseph "Pepe" Castillo, (right) deputy commander Coast Guard Pacific Area, and retired U.S. Navy Rear Adm. William D. Rodriguez, (left center) the Association of Naval Services Officers national president, present scholarships to two high school seniors during the ANSO Cleveland Chapter's renaming ceremony April 10, 2013. ANSO's mission is to assist the sea service chiefs' efforts in Hispanic workforce recruitment and retention by fostering personal growth and professional development. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Levi Read)

Rear Adm. Joseph “Pepe” Castillo, (right) deputy commander Coast Guard Pacific Area, and retired U.S. Navy Rear Adm. William D. Rodriguez, (left center) the Association of Naval Services Officers national president, present scholarships to two high school seniors during the ANSO Cleveland Chapter’s renaming ceremony April 10, 2013. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Levi Read

Retired U.S. Navy Rear Adm. William D. Rodriguez, the Association of Naval Services Officers national president, speaks to the audience at the ANSO Cleveland Chapter's renaming ceremony April 10, 2013. ANSO's mission is to assist the sea service chiefs' efforts in Hispanic workforce recruitment and retention, by fostering personal growth and professional development. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Levi Read)

Retired U.S. Navy Rear Adm. William D. Rodriguez, the Association of Naval Services Officers national president, speaks at the ANSO Cleveland Chapter’s renaming ceremony, April 10, 2013. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Levi Read

 

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