Office of Coast Survey
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
U.S. Department of Commerce

April 11, 2018

Hello Coast Survey,

Last week, NOAA leadership announced the winners of the 2018 Department of Commerce Bronze Medal and NOAA Distinguished Career Award. I was thrilled to learn that Coast Survey was recognized in both categories.

The Bronze Medal is the highest honor award granted by the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and recognizes superior performance by federal employees. The following individuals (Coast Survey staff indicated in bold) were the recipients of a Bronze Medal group award for strategically making harmonized, high quality, operational, environmental data available to support precision navigation in the Port of Long Beach - Capt. Richard Brennan, Julia Powell, Jeff Ferguson, Grant Froelich, Megan Bartlett, Annemieke Raymond, Micah Wengren (IOOS), Jenifer Rhoades (IOOS), Peter Stone (CO-OPS), Mark Jackson (NWS), William Forwood (NWS).

NOAA’s Distinguished Career Award honors cumulative career achievement of sustained excellence. It recognizes significant accomplishments across all NOAA program areas and functions that have resulted in long-term benefits to our mission and strategic goals. This year, Maureen Kenney was selected as a Distinguished Career Award recipient for sustained excellence as a selfless leader, transforming processes and resource management to empower NOAA colleagues in science and management.

Congratulations! This is a testament to the great work Coast Survey does every day.

The Bronze and Distinguished Career Award ceremony will be held at the NOAA Auditorium in Silver Spring, Maryland, on Tuesday, May 22, 2018.

Rear Admiral Shepard M. Smith
Rear Admiral Shepard M. Smith
Director, Office of Coast Survey