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

January 30, 2019

Hello Coast Survey,

Welcome back! As I mentioned in our all hands meeting on Monday morning, I greatly appreciate your support, hard work, and patience during the shutdown. Although it may have been a difficult time internally, our customers and those that depend on our products for maritime safety kept faith that we would return to full operations soon. I would like to thank those that came into the office everyday to ensure that our critical operations remained running: Craig Winn, Thaddeus Ellerbee, Guillaume Auclert, David Riccio, Hugh Rein, Chuck Porter, Tom Finocciaro, Jenny Thacker, Rob Cipelia, Sean Legeer, Lt. Cmdr. Bill Winner, Randy Barlow (Lynker Technologies), Anthony Johnson, and all of our NOAA Corps officers. Now that we are all back to work, I am excited to start the year by not looking back at missed opportunities over the last 35 days, but looking forward to how we can make 2019 one of our best years yet.

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

Coast Survey All Hands Meeting