A few Cyberflashes ago, I put out a request for officers to let me know when they have been patiently waiting for transactional services but have not received timely processing/payment. Since that time, it seems that this message has been construed to mean "send your leave chits and Refusal of Quarters memo to CAPT Adams." While I'm happy to see my shipmates take leave (we track it anyway) and newly reported officers start their entitlement to basic allowance for housing, the Director, CPC does not process personnel actions, pay-related or otherwise, for the NOAA Corps. We've got an app for that. Just kidding, I wish we did. We have a payroll unit comprised of Carol Holley and Ron Cunningham embedded in the USCG's Pay and Personnel Center in Topeka, KS for pay and entitlement processing (firstname.lastname@example.org.) I'm more than happy to take calls of frustration on whatever HR-related topic you're struggling with, but please use CPC Division Chiefs for your routine questions that can't be answered via our website or the NOAA Corps Directives. I love hearing from my shipmates in the field, but lately it seems like folks think that I actually have the capability of processing their actions. By the way, when addressing the mailer to send in your OER, please use "Chief, OCMD" as the recipient.
Speaking of shipmates in the field, this time of year is special for many people. There must be something primal and instinctual in our species that so many religions have special celebrations at or around the winter solstice. Generally, all these observances share a common theme - people coming together with loved ones in celebration. I wish to offer my appreciation and gratitude to our shipmates aboard the NOAA Ship Ronald H Brown - CAPT Robert Kamphaus, the wardroom, the professional mariners, and scientific crew who arrived at anchor this morning off Easter Island and will be there conducting scientific crew changes and resupply from December 23rd to 28th instead of spending time with their loved ones ashore. Additionally, LTs Blaauboer and Clark on N48 and LTs Dorms and Carrier on N57 are deployed supporting SERW and SE AMAAPS projects respectively. Depending on weather, they may or may not be flying this Sunday, but will definitely not have the opportunity to be home for Christmas. LTs keep a sharp lookout for a reindeer-powered flying sled and a rotund jolly pilot on Saturday evening. Of course, there are others who are standing the watch away from family this year NWS meteorologists, the NSOF watch, NDBC's command center, and OAR baseline observatory personnel come to mind as well.
As I alluded to in the last Cyberflash, there is definitely a sense of family amongst those who put to sea in ships or to the sky in planes. In some ways, a biological family and the NOAA family are quite similar you really don't have much say over who gets to be a member and each is as diverse and inclusive as we are allow them to be. So this Christmas (or this Sunday if you don't recognize the Christian holiday) give a thought or a prayer to the personal sacrifice of our shipmates who are away from their biological families keeping their finger on the pulse of the planet. Or better yet, send Captain Kamphaus or the LTs on N48 and N57 an email of thanks for standing the watch this Christmas as a way to recognize those who have stood or are standing the watch during their important December celebrations such as Ashura, the Feast of St. Nicholas, Bodhi, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, the Feast of Our Lady Guadalupe, Krampusnacht, Las Posadas, Christmas, Hannuka, Yalda, Yule, Zarathrushtra, Kwanzaa, Modraniht, Saturnalia, Saint Lucia Day, Three Kings Day, Omisoka, Pancha Ganapati, Dies Natalis Solis Invicti, Chalica, Sadeh, etc., etc. (thank you Google.)
In closing I bid you Happy Holidays and Happy New Year. Congratulations on another impressive year of science and service. Be safe and be well.
CAPT Amilynn E. Adams, NOAA
|08 Jan 2017||BOTC 129 Begins|
|12 Jan 2017||NOAA Ship Rainier Change of Command|
|23-27 Jan 2017||OMAO Mid-Grade Week Two|
|30 Jan - 3 Feb 2017||XO Immersion|
|05-25 Mar 2017||REFTRA|
|06 Apr 2017||Billet Night (Tentative)|
|LT Lindsay Morrison||30 Dec 2016|
|LT Timothy Smith||01 Jan 2017|
|LCDR Guinevere Lewis||31 Jan 2017|
|ENS Lander Ver Hoef||28 Feb 2017|
|LT Amber Payne||01 Mar 2017|
|LT Loren Evory||01 Apr 2017|
|ENS Christopher Pickens||01 Apr 2017|