A few things for the good of the order:
Next Friday, August 26th, I highly encourage all of our shipmates to join the NOAA National Ocean Service and the Office of Coast Survey in celebrating the career and accomplishments of RDML Gerd F. Glang at his retirement ceremony. The ceremony takes place at 1030 in the NOAA Auditorium in building SSMC4 located at 1301 East-West Highway in Silver Spring, Maryland. UOD for the official party and ceremony participants is Full Dress White. UOD for guests is Summer White.
Please come help us wish fair winds and following seas to RDML Glang has he begins this new phase of his career. As an added bonus, RDML (sel) Shepherd M. Smith's promotion and the Office of Coast Survey Change of Command will occur at the same "bat-time" and the same "bat-channel." As a stickler for nautical tradition, I'm happy to report that RDML (sel) Smith has made proper arrangements to observe a wetting down for his newest (and pretty darn wide!) stripe. I look forward to seeing you at both venues. Contact LT Matt Forney (firstname.lastname@example.org) for questions or to RSVP. RSVP ASAP!!
On another celebratory (albeit belated) note, it gives me great pleasure to announce the promotions of the following officers to the rank of Lieutenant (junior grade) effective August 1, 2016:
|LTJG Christopher M. Wood|
|LTJG Conor M. Maginn|
|LTJG Michael J. Ball|
|LTJG Dustin R. Picard|
|LTJG Diane M. Perry|
|LTJG Joseph L. Brinkley|
|LTJG Jacob H. Blaauboer|
|LTJG Nathaniel E. Gilman|
|LTJG Alisha M. Friel|
|LTJG Jacob G. Barbaro|
My sincerest apologies for the accidental omission of your promotion in the last installment of the Cyberflash and congratulations on your well-deserved advancement!
Due to the delay in effecting promotions for 68 officers on September 1st, CPC has been able to add two more officers to the promotion package to be effective September 15th. The 69th and 70th officers to be promoted 27 days from today are:
|ENS Melissa D. Mathes|
|ENS Patrick J. Debroisse|
Congratulations on your promotion to Ms. Mathes and Mr. Debroisse! Now would be a good time to start planning your wetting down.
Lastly, on June 30, 2016, Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter announced the end of the ban on transgender people serving openly in the armed forces. Following this announcement, I released an OMAO-wide message to discuss the significance and relevance of this announcement to the founding principles of our Nation, the culture of the NOAA Corps, our core values of honor, respect, and commitment, and transgender service members past and present. I also used this announcement as a personal opportunity to come out to my OMAO shipmates as a transgender service member. I am coming out again in this edition of the Cyberflash to a much wider audience of shipmates because you will notice that my digital signature has changed to reflect my true gender. Over the next few months the cues of my true gender will be emerging and the old fašade will fade.
Gender transition is not a quick or an easy process, and it's certainly not a process that is done in a vacuum or without effect on others. For my shipmates who were already aware of this news, thank you for embracing the principles of diversity and inclusion and for your continued support and kindness. For my shipmates to whom this comes as a surprise, I look forward to your support and kindness and appreciate your commitment to the principles of diversity and inclusion. Carry on!
CAPT Amilynn E. Adams, NOAA
|26 August 2016||
RDML Gerd Glang Retirement Ceremony
RDML(Select) Shepard Smith Promotion Ceremony
Office of Coast Survey Change of Command
|29 August 2016||NOAA Ship Gorden Gunter Change of Command|
|30-31 August 2016||OMAO Leadership Meeting|
|08 September 2016||NOAA Ship Nancy Foster Change of Command|
|2017||NOAA Corps Centennial Events|
|20 May 2017||NOAA Corps "Century of Service" Gala Ball|
|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|
|CAPT Eric Berkowitz||01 Oct 2016|
|CAPT Adam Dunbar||01 Oct 2016|
|CAPT John Caskey||01 Oct 2016|
|LTJG Shannon Hefferan||14 Oct 2016|
|LT Lindsay Morrison||30 Nov 2016|
|LTJG Kasey Sims||30 Nov 2016|