October 26, 2016
Hello Coast Survey,
This week I am preparing for a briefing with Senator Coons of Delaware and taking this opportunity to visit other Congressional offices while downtown. Engaging with those that are affected by our decisions and those that may influence our decisions is something I will be focusing on in the next year. Whether on the Hill, at a conference, or working with partners, it is important that we deliver a consistent and strategic message about Coast Survey.
Scrolling through the newsletter below you will find great examples of how our folks are doing just this. From working with partners to update our products to presenting at a local Kiwanis club, I am proud that our team takes the initiative to reach out to our stakeholders and the public. I am also taking our outreach efforts one step further by filling the deputy hydrographer position in the front office. This position will focus on external engagement, policy, partnerships, and collaboration.
Rear Admiral Shepard M. Smith
P.S. Can you spot Bay Hydro II in this picture from Maryland Fleet Week? Hint: They are docked alongside the Baltimore Aquarium.
NOAA SHIP FAIRWEATHER
Installed a horizontal control benchmark station in Neets Bay, Alaska. Currently surveying Behm Canal, Alaska. Continuing final survey reviews for Unalaska and starting survey reviews for South Kodiak.
NOAA SHIP THOMAS JEFFERSON
NOAA SHIP RAINIER
Departing Kodiak for Gulf of Alaska crossing where hydrographic survey operations will begin in the George and Carroll inlets.
NOAA SHIP FERDINAND HASSLER
Continuing survey operations on the approaches to Wilmington, North Carolina.
Bay Hydro II
Processing the Hudson River Project. Began acquisition on the Central Chesapeake Bay surveys.
Conducting familiarization exercises with the mobile integrated survey team (MIST) side scan sonar and single beam equipment while they are without a boat. They anticipate commencing with surveying in Biloxi Bay in January 2017.
Working on the St. Andrew Sound Project. Martha Herzog augmented on the NRT in September. Together they went over processing and coverage requirements to the four meter contour.
Completed two responses in the Columbia River in the area of the Cottonwood Anchorage for obstructions and Skamokawa, Washington.
Continuing acquisition on the approaches to Galveston Bay.
Acquired data and continue to process data for the Hudson River project. Completed 16 days of acquisition totaling approximately 550 linear nautical miles of multibeam echo sounder data. LT Andrew Clos set up a booth at the New London Maritime Heritage Festival where Coast Survey’s mission was highlighted.
Completed a naval oceanographic survey with graphics submitted to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Department of Transportation for the Suisan Bay survey. Cleared the boat of all equipment as they prepare to send it off for maintenance.
The Atlantic Surveyor is currently in transit to homeport in New Jersey.
E-Trac, Ocean Surveys, Inc., Fugro, and David Evans and Associates - No report.
LCDR Mike Gonsalves is departing HSD to return to sea aboard NOAA Ship Fairweather as the executive officer. LCDR Gonsalves has done a fabulous job leading the HSD Operations Branch and developing a new GIS-based hydrographic survey priorities process. LT Russ Quintero joins the HSD Operations after serving as the flag aid for Dr. Katherine Sullivan, the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and the Administrator of NOAA. Prior to that he served as operations Officer aboard NOAA Ship Rainier and is an IHO Cat A Hydrographer from the University of Southern Mississippi. HSD is also also welcoming ERT Cody Guilday to AHB. Cody was previously working with NRT5 and will be supporting the NOAA Ship Ferdinand R. Hassler for the next two months.
Kathleen Jamison (Resource Management Staff) will be on rotation as the acting chief of the business services group of OR&R for a 120-day rotational assignment from November 13, 2016 - March 12, 2017. While Kathleen is on detail, Paul Turner (HSD) will join the team on a 120-day rotational assignment. Paul worked on the team for an outstanding 6-month detail in 2015.
Thank you to Dr. Neil Weston for serving as acting chief of CSDL for the past year. We are very grateful for the expertise and leadership he has brought to Coast Survey. Neil will now be taking on the role of technical director of the lab.
CAPT Edward J. Van Den Ameele will be joining us this January as the chief of CSDL. As chief, he will lead the IT group, the hydrodynamic modeling group, and the scientists, engineers, and programmers that support our hydrographic and cartographic systems. CAPT Van Den Ameele has been a NOAA Corps officer for 23 years and is currently the commanding officer of NOAA Ship Rainier.
CDR Liz Kretovic will be joining Coast Survey as the deputy hydrographer next summer. As deputy hydrographer, CDR Kretovic will focus on external engagement, policy, partnerships, and collaboration. She will represent Coast Survey at public, interagency, and international conferences, meetings, and other events. CDR Kretovic has been a NOAA Corps officer for over seventeen years and recently completed NOAA's Leadership Competencies Development Program (LCDP) in January 2016. She is currently the commanding officer of NOAA Ship Hi’ialakai.
2016 National Ocean Service Awards:
Congratulations to Robb Mowery (NSD) who was selected as a 2016 Employee of the Year. This award recognizes significant contributions to NOS programs and demonstrated exceptional and sustained effort toward accomplishment of NOS missions. Rob is being honored for his exceptional dedication to Coast Survey’s mission and superlative performance as acting officer in charge of Bay Hydro II. We appreciate Robb’s exceptional and sustained effort over the last year.
Congratulations to Pete Gomez (MCD) who was selected as a NOS Team Member of the Year. This award is presented to members of the workforce who are not NOAA Federal employees for their contributions as recognized by their NOS peers. Pete is being recognized for his significant contributions to nautical charting in his efforts on the Chart Tile Service, which provides up-to-date nautical chart data to improve existing maritime navigation services for the public.
Congratulations to LaTonya Wilson (MCD) for being selected for the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Diversity Award. This award recognizes employees who have made exemplary contributions to the NOS EEO and Diversity program and who have displayed exceptional advances toward the improvement and development of the NOS EEO and Diversity program’s mission.
NOAA Administrator and Tech Transfer Award ceremony:
Mark your calendars for the awards ceremony on November 15 when Mark Griffin (MCD), Mark Higgins (MCD), and Colby Harmon (MCD) will receive the NOAA Tech Transfer Award for developing and implementing the Chart Tile capability that has improved existing maritime navigation services for the public. John Kelley (CSDL) will also receive this award for developing and implementing nowCOAST into an operational environment, supporting Department of Commerce goals to build a Weather-Ready Nation. Terence Lynch will receive the NOAA Administrator's Award for challenging the status quo and driving agency priorities on diversity and inclusion.
The only mutiny to ever occur on a commissioned U.S. ship happened 167 years ago during the Gold Rush on the U.S. schooner Ewing. Read more!
10/24-10/28 - Biennial American Pilots Association meeting in Maui, Hawaii
10/24-10/28 - Annual American Association of Port Authorities Conference in New Orleans
11/2-11/3 - Free employee development classes. Situation-Based Leadership - Wednesday, November 2 (NOAA Science Center) and Active Leadership - Thursday, November 3 (NOAA Science Center). Contact Tina Harris (Tina.Harris@noaa.gov) if interested.
11/16 or 11/17 - Workplace bullying workshop hosted by Coast Survey's EEO & Diversity Committee; 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.