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

May 24, 2017

Hello Coast Survey,

We kicked off the summer season last week with the Coast Survey annual picnic. Although it was hot outside, we had almost 70 staff members join us for a great cook out and fun games. I would like to recognize Shawnee Turner and Julie Armstrong for planning and running the event. It takes a tremendous amount of effort to organize this team building activity and we are very grateful that you both took this on! Pictures from the event can be found here.

Please mark your calendars for our next all hands meeting scheduled for Thursday, June 8. It has been quite a few months since our last all hands and I am looking forward to providing updates on some of our efforts as well as acknowledging our new staff members.

I would like also to mention the rebranding project that is underway. Many of you will notice that the names of our products are being standardized. This standardization puts our names into plain language, eliminates acronyms, and helps the public better understand what we offer. I appreciate your patience with as we move toward implementing this change.

Lastly, I have had the pleasure of representing Coast Survey this week at my first visit to the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office as director. You are all very highly regarded by your colleagues over here. The changes we have already made to charting and distribution, as well as those planned in the National Charting Plan, are truly world-leading. You should all be very proud.

Rear Admiral Shepard M. Smith
Rear Admiral Shepard M. Smith