November 22, 2016
Hello Coast Survey,
This Saturday marks my third month as director of Coast Survey and I have a lot to be thankful for. Your commitment has made Coast Survey an inspirational place to work and I am truly grateful for your dedication, innovation, and above all, your support.
Wherever your plans take you this Thanksgiving weekend, enjoy the holiday and be safe.
Rear Admiral Shepard M. Smith
NOAA ships Fairweather, Rainier, Thomas Jefferson, and Ferdinand Hassler are in port for the winter.
Leidos, E-Trac, Ocean Surveys, Inc., Fugro, and David Evans and Associates - No report.
With assistance from Southeast navigation manager Kyle Ward, NRT 2 responded to a U.S. Coast Guard request to locate a sunken fishing boat in St. Simons Sound, Georgia. See blog post for details.
Submitted a DTON report for an 18 foot obstruction found near Cottonwood Anchorage on the Columbia River where M/V Ancash Queen grounded. Laura Pagano is augmenting with NRT 3 to support that team's efforts to get fully survey ready.
Savannah Norvell is augmenting on Thomas Jefferson to help alleviate vacancies in the survey department.
LT Andrew Clos augmented on Ferdinand Hassler from Nov 13 to 19 to prevent a no-sail situation and enable them to transit from Charleston, South Carolina, back to Norfolk, Virginia.
Farewell and thank you to Russell Proctor who served as chief of the Navigation Services Division for just over two years. During his time here, Russ took on the challenge of re-building of the navigation response teams which will benefit Coast Survey – and the ports and harbors we serve. He played a key role in securing funding to recapitalize the fleet of small navigation response boats, secured billets to fill badly needed positions in the division, and envisioned a new way to run the NRTs. His improvements saved money, increased professionalism, and resulted in better hydrographic data. Most recently, Russ seamlessly coordinated the Coast Survey response to Hurricane Matthew.
Matt Kroll, deputy of Navigation Services Division, will serve as acting director. The opportunity to fill the role of deputy acting director will be announced soon.
CAPT Jim Crocker will be joining us as the permanent Navigation Services Division chief once he transitions out of his current assignment as executive director to the Deputy Undersecretary Ben Friedman. CAPT Crocker has been a NOAA Corps officer for 22 years and is familiar to Coast Survey, having served as chief of operations at the Hydrographic Surveys Division, staff at Atlantic Hydrographic Branch, and on NOAA ships Heck, Rainier, and Thomas Jefferson. CAPT Crocker holds a Master of Business Administration degree in General Management from the College of William & Mary and Bachelors of Science degrees in Physical Oceanography and Ocean Engineering from the Florida Institute of Technology.
The Pacific Hydrographic Branch welcomed physical scientist Jessica (Ramsay) Murphy aboard on November 14. Jess is already familiar to many in Coast Survey, as she had been an on-site contractor at the branch since 2013. Her academic background is in marine biology and environmental science, and she worked as a fisheries observer and lidar data processor prior to her contract position at the branch. Jess is the first of four new physical scientists expected to join the branch over the next few months.
Congratulations to Rachel Medley, acting deputy hydrographer, for earning her executive level Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) certificate. The LEAD certificate program focuses on leadership effectiveness and success of federal project leaders, supervisors, managers, and SES-level executives.
LaTonya Wilson was the first person to name all of the veterans in our last newsletter and won a $10 Starbucks gift card. Here is the list of the veterans pictured from top to bottom: Dawn Forsyth, Lawrence Jefferson, Tom Loeper, Andres Garrido, Lance Roddy, Mark Griffin, and Colby Harmon.
Submit your map to the Esri FedGIS Map Gallery. This year, the theme of galleries is how GIS is used to solve problems throughout all levels of government and across the world. Submitted maps will also be considered for the next edition of Esri’s book series Mapping the Nation: Solving Challenges—from Local to Global—with GIS. The deadline for submissions is Friday, December 16, 2016.
Submit an abstract to present at the 2017 NOAA Environmental Data Management Workshop, which will take place January 9 to 10 in North Bethesda, Maryland. The workshop Theme is "Making NOAA's Data Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable for Societal Benefit." Deadline for submissions is November 30, 2016.
Have you saved time with automation? Built something incredible with data integration? Discovered tips and tricks to make your work easier? Submit an abstract to present at one of the FME World Tour events.
The World-Wide Human Geography Data Working Group (WWHGD) Geospatial Platform Workshop will be held December 7 to 8, 2016, in Washington, DC. The purpose of this workshop is to present the implementation of the Geospatial Platform and share the GeoPlatform.gov functional capabilities. Registration is free and available at the WWHGD community. The Workshop will be broadcast as a webinar for those who cannot attend in person.
NOAA employees are eligible to purchase ArcGIS software for their personal use. Each Esri Home Use Program license costs only $50, and includes the 12-month term single use ArcGIS Desktop license, any or all eligible extensions, and a subscription to ArcGIS Online. More information on the HUP can be found on the NOAA GIS Community website.
11/29 - Please attend! 2016 NOS employee recognition and awards ceremony at 1 p.m.
11/29-12/1 - Cuban delegation visiting Coast Survey
11/30 - Coast Survey CFC cornhole tournament
11/30 - Coast Survey pilot diversity internship program deadline (contact email@example.com)