I've got three items I wish to call your attention to and discuss in this installment of the Cyberflash.
In his final Cyberflash before handing the conn of CPC to me, CAPT Krepp provided a summary report of disciplinary actions taken against NOAA Corps officers. CPC has received feedback questioning the motivation and intent behind releasing this information. I can provide some insight and answer the question regarding both. First and foremost, providing this information is NOT intended to provide a deterrent effect, humiliate the disciplined individual, or to "scare" people in to making good choices. The motivation is to maintain good order and morale.
I first came across this type of report while assigned to the USCG and found the title to be rather puzzling. How could "good order and morale" be related to disciplinary actions taken against USCG military members? Upon further investigation, and by looking at this report from the perspective of a Coastie, it became clear that the reason for the title and one of the primary reasons for this report is to reinforce the importance of doing the right thing, even when it's hard. The report provides assurance and positive reinforcement to those officers who continue to meet high standards of conduct, who take the hard road when the easy road is much more expedient, and who do the right thing when no one's looking. These things matter. Accountability is re-enforced as shown by the report.
For those who felt that this report was intended to try and lay blame, scare people, or felt that it is an attempt to establish a zero-defect or witch-hunt climate, I question where this fear is coming from. I believe that these concerns are unwarranted if you practice and maintained your commitment to our core values. If you haven't conducted yourself in accordance with our core values - you've allowed yourself or others to cut-corners, bend rules, or compromise on doing things the right way - perhaps you may want to take a moment to reflect and refamiliarize yourself with honor, respect, and commitment. I highly recommend doing this, as my adherence to these values has served me well through out my career, brought me peace of mind, and allowed me to see the value in this report. I hope it will do the same for you.
CPC will continue to publish summaries of disciplinary actions during my watch. The frequency and timing of these reports will vary due to the need to maintain a reasonable standard of anonymity for the disciplined parties.
Recently I was advised by one of my fellow blue-suiters that some officers serving in remote areas or assigned to non-OMAO programs have been advised or encouraged by their civilian peers, and in some cases required by their supervisor, to wear civilian attire as their Uniform of the Day. Usually the request is based on a desire for us to "fit in" with the majority of the civilian employees at one of these locations, or that some people may be intimidated or put-off by the uniform. I encountered this phenomenon during my first land assignment. I thought, as an organization, that we had worked through this issue.
Let me be crystal clear with my expectations. If you are an active duty officer in the NOAA Commissioned Corps, you are REQUIRED to wear your uniform in accordance with the NOAA Corps Directives. Civilian clothing may be authorized or required for special operations or when in a leave or liberty status. A "special operation" is NOT so that a NOAA Corps officer can blend in with the appearance of the civilian majority or to make others feel more comfortable with our presence in the workplace. See NOAA Corps Directives 12104 and 12105 for additional policy information.
I will spare the myraid reasons why these requests are an affront to our organizational values (and my personal beliefs) as well as completely inconsistent with the fundamental concepts of promoting a diverse and inclusive working environment. Instead, I encourage officers to contact me when or if you encounter organizational resistance toward positively identifying yourself as a commissioned officer of the United States of America by wearing a NOAA Corps uniform. I welcome the conversation to help educate those who don't understand or are intimidated by personnel in uniform. I expect and appreciate all of your efforts to change NOAA culture and promote discipline and pride in service by wearing the uniform.
On an exciting and celebratory note, there are only 232 days until the commencement of the NOAA Corps Centennial celebration year! It'll be here before you know it, so please communicate your ideas to recognize this significant milestone to NOAACorps100th@noaa.gov. If you've already volunteered your ideas or talents and haven't heard back from a subcommittee lead, please ping on us again.
CAPT Jeremy Adams, NOAA
|10-13 May 2016||OPB - Promotion Selection|
|24 May 2016||Bronze & Career Awards Event|
|2017||NOAA Corps Centennial Events|
|LTJG Theresa Smith||13 May 2016|
|LT Laura Gallant||01 June 2016|
|VADM Michael Devany||01 July 2016|
|LTJG Jason Wilson||01 Sep 2016|
|RDML Gerd Glang||01 Sep 2016|
|CAPT Wade Blake||01 Sep 2016|
|LT Charlene Felkley||01 Sep 2016|
|LTJG Eileen Pye||02 Sep 2016|