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

August 29, 2018

Hello Coast Survey,

I was thrilled to receive the news that our Mobile Integrated Survey Team (MIST) and NOAA Ship Thomas Jefferson will both receive the Department of Commerce Gold Honors Award for their actions during last year’s hurricane season.The MIST members are honored for their dedicated hydrographic survey response following hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria in 2017. Again, congratulations to Kyle Ward, Mike Annis, John Doroba, Michael Bloom, Jonathan French, Eli Smith, and Josh Bergeron for a job well done.

Most recently, the NOAA MIST, comprised of team members Mike Annis, Erin Diurba, Michael Bloom, and Lt. j.g. Dylan Kosten, prestaged themselves along with multibeam sonar equipment (a first for the MIST, I might add) in Honolulu, Hawaii, and surveyed the Honolulu Channel following Hurricane Lane. Coast Survey’s versatile survey response staff are all trained on mobile integrated survey technology and this makes me confident that we can form teams to respond when location and resources are particular challenges.

NOAA Ship Thomas Jefferson, under the command of Cmdr. Van Westendorp, is honored for superior response efforts as part of emergency mobilization covering Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands after the passage of Hurricane Maria. Thomas Jefferson spent three weeks surveying there last October and is there once again surveying to ensure ports and navigable waters are safe to travel in.

Read more about MIST and Thomas Jefferson’s most current surveys below.

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