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

April 12, 2017

Hello Coast Survey,
Captain Jim Crocker is picking up the pen this week while I am on leave.
-Shep

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Greetings Everyone,

I would like to thank the Admiral for allowing me this opportunity to reintroduce myself to everyone in Coast Survey and for selecting me to lead the Navigation Services Division. After a 5-year hiatus, it is great to be back at the Office of Coast Survey!

I write this at the end of my first week at NSD and the one thing that is readily apparent at the division is that same passion for the mission that I have found everywhere else I have worked within Coast Survey. This is a passion I share and is also why I am excited to be back and honored to lead NSD.

The Navigation Services Divisions has a unique mission in that it touches the full breadth of Coast Survey’s portfolio. It is responsible for customer outreach, engaging stakeholders, and building partnerships; for navigation response and hydrographic survey operations; for assisting with the testing of new tools and equipment for the field; and for maintaining and supporting products and services to the mariner. Over the next few weeks I will be meeting with Coast Survey leadership, NSD branch chiefs, and our customers and partners to get fully up to speed on the division's operations, priorities, opportunities, and challenges. I will be working with my leadership team to ensure the division is best aligned and resourced to support the Admiral’s shared vision for Coast Survey.

I appreciate the warm welcome back that I have received and thank Matt Kroll and Lucy Hick for the great job they did leading the division in the interim.

Captain Jim Crocker
Chief, Navigation Services Division