BOTC 130 - Ship Assignments
We are very excited to announce that the students from BOTC 130 have received their first assignments! Please join us in congratulating these men and women on taking this exciting step toward their future careers:
|OC Alexandria E. Andonian||NOAA Ship Oscar Dyson||Kodiak, AK|
|OC Nicholas J. Azzopardi||NOAA Ship Rainier|| Newport, OR|
|OC Hayley A. Betker ||NOAA Ship Hi'ialakai|| Honolulu, HI|
|OC Brian S. Caldwell ||NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer|| Davisville, RI|
|OC Alexander W. Creed|| NOAA Ship Pisces|| Pascagoula, MS|
|OC Nicolas S. DeProspero ||NOAA Ship Nancy Foster|| Charleston, SC|
|OC Emma M. Ethier|| NOAA Ship Henry Bigelow|| Newport, RI|
|OC James C. Freed|| NOAA Ship Bell M. Shimada|| Newport, OR|
|OC Eric C. Fritzsche|| Initial Flight Training|| Lakeland, FL|
|OC Andrew J. Fullerton|| NOAA Ship Oregon II|| Pascagoula, MS|
|OC Daniel E. Jessurun|| NOAA Ship Oscar Elton Sette ||Honolulu, HI|
|OC Taylor A. Krabiel|| NOAA Ship Thomas Jefferson|| Norfolk, VA|
|OC Airlie G. Pickett|| NOAA Ship Rainier|| Newport, OR|
|OC Patrick E. Pope|| NOAA Ship Rueben Lasker|| San Diego, CA|
|OC Lyle L. Robbins|| NOAA Ship Rainier|| Newport, OR|
|OC Kevin A. Tennyson|| NOAA Ship Fairweather ||Ketchikan, AK|
|OC Jackson Vanfleet-Brown|| NOAA Ship Fairweather|| Ketchikan, AK|
The students are looking forward to connecting with their ship's wardroom and crew as they prepare to transition to life in the fleet. Thank you to all those who attended Billet Night and supported the students on this exciting and emotional night!
For those that missed Billet Night last week have an opportunity to watch it again by going to https://livestream.com/CGA/ocs. Enjoy the video!
Blended Retirement Training - LAST CALL
Final call for Mandatory BRS Training - All officers who will have less than 12 years of service on January 1, 2018 are required to take the BRS Opt-in Training class by OCT 31. This training is congressionally mandated and NOAA will be required to brief our numbers out in early November to an expert working group at the Pentagon that reports to Congress. This training is located on CLC.
Upcoming Training Opportunities
The Thrift Savings Plan will be hosting two webinars in November. The first one TSP and BRS will be presented on November 7th. The second webinar will follow later in the month and is titled TSP Investment Funds and Managing Your Account. These will give you further insight into how TSP works, how it pertains to BRS and offer tips to help maximize your investments. Further information will be coming in the November 3rd Cyberflash.
Refresher Training Class 83 is on deck! Since their report date on October 9, they have been engaged in various training activities including Basic Safety Training, First Aid/CPR, DC Wet Trainer at Navy Station Newport, and Underwater Egress Training at Survival Systems USA. In the upcoming weeks they are looking forward to RADAR, Advanced Fire Fighting, and Bridge Resource Management.
In addition to receiving essential training for their return to sea, the REFTRA Officers have also had opportunities to interact with the new additions to the fleet from BOTC 130. These networking opportunities are crucial in the development of the Officer Candidates, as it helps them to gain valuable perspective about life in the fleet.
One such opportunity is during Peer to Peer Presentations, where REFTRA officers discuss topics based on their experience thus far in their careers. Some topics being covered in this class include Managing Stress, Aiding a Vessel in Distress, and The Importance of a Functioning Team, just to name a few. Thank you for your continued participation in these activities!
ACO - Making a Difference
With a fiscal donation from your ACO and hardware with history provided by CPC, CDR Miles Croom, NOAA (ret) had a beautiful shadow box made for CDR Grady Tuell, NOAA (ret).
"Good friends help you to find important things when you have lost them... your smile, your hope, and your courage"
Aviation Advisory Selection Board
Two Aviation Advisory Boards were conducted in recent months and resulted in the following officers being selected for NOAA Aviation and eventual assignment to NOAA's Aircraft Operations Center:
- ENS Mason Carroll
- ENS Laura Rock
- ENS Eric Fritzsche
Heavy Aircraft Selection Board
A Heavy Aircraft selection board was also held resulting in the following officer being selected for upgrade.
- For the Gulfstream IV – LCDR Rebecca Waddington
History: In Awe of Nature's Grandeur
In the late 1880's, naval lieutenant John Elliott Pillsbury was Assistant in the Coast and Geodetic Survey and Commanding Officer of the C&GS Steamer BLAKE, arguably the most innovative oceanographic vessel of the nineteenth century. Whenever a steel line goes over the side of an oceanographic or fisheries research vessel, think of the BLAKE as it was the first ship to ever use that technology.
Under Pillsbury's command, the BLAKE was engaged in classic Gulf Stream studies. In the introduction to "The Gulf Stream: Methods of the Investigation and Results of the Research", Pillsbury eloquently expressed his wonder and awe at this mighty force of nature:
"Man stands with bowed head in the presence of nature's visible grandeur, such as towering mountains, precipices, or icebergs, forests of immense trees, grand rivers, or waterfalls. He realizes the force of waves that can sweep away light-houses or toss an ocean steamer about like a cork. In a vessel floating on the Gulf Stream one sees nothing of the current and knows nothing but what experience tells him; but to be anchored in its depths far out of the sight of land, and to see the mighty torrent rushing past at a speed of miles per hour, day after day and day after day, one begins to think that all the wonders of the earth combined can not equal this one river in the ocean."
For more information on this ship and its accomplishments see "The Gulf Stream."ftp://ftp.library.noaa.gov/docs.lib/htdocs/rescue/oceanheritage/Gc296g9p541891.pdf , "Three Cruises of the BLAKE" at ftp://ftp.library.noaa.gov/docs.lib/htdocs/rescue/oceanheritage/QH93A261888v1.pdf ,and "Deep Sea Sounding and Dredging" at ftp://ftp.library.noaa.gov/docs.lib/htdocs/rescue/oceanheritage/Gc75s531880.pdf
From the Assignment Desk: Billet #2040-Restoration Center Executive Officer
The NOAA Office of Habitat Conservation is seeking a motivated and responsible officer (LCDR) to take up the duties/responsibilities/authority of Restoration Center Executive Officer in Silver Spring, MD. NOAA's Restoration Center is devoted to restoring the nation's coastal ecosystems and preserving diverse and abundant marine life.
As Executive Officer, the officer's duties/responsibilities fall into four main areas: Program Management/Budget Operations, Executive Secretariat for the Deep Water Advisory Working Group, Strategic Planning, and Program/Operations Effectiveness/Efficiency.
NOAA Fisheries has 32 NOAA Corps Officers in shore billets, with the vast majority of these billets falling into the O-2/3 range. This is a new; more senior billet geared towards establishing/expanding your leadership competencies and should be viewed as a stepping stone, career enhancing billet in NOAA Fisheries.
This billet becomes available in FEB 2018. The position could be under-lapped for the right candidate. A full billet description is posted at: https://www.corpscpc.noaa.gov/careermgmt/pdf/billets_n/2040_n.pdf
Interested officers should contact both the Assignment Coordinator at (301) 713-7694 and the NMFS Liaison Officer, CAPT Michael Ellis, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (301) 427-8060.
From the Assignment Desk: Update Assignment Preferences
With the recent changes in leadership, many officers have been approved for new assignments, have changed assignments, and/or have been extended in their current assignment. The dynamic nature of the next few months will result in assignments becoming vacant and closing unexpectedly especially at the O5/O4 rank. As a friendly reminder, continue to keep your preference up to date as it is possible that an assignment could be made quickly over the course of this period and your updated preferences related to the list of available billets are essential.
Want to add the NOAA Corps Centennial Graphic to your email signature block?
- Go to https://www.omao.noaa.gov/find/media/images/noaa-corps-centennial-graphic
- Right-click on image and select "copy" (no need to click on the "Download Image" button)
- Open Gmail and go to "settings"
- Under "general" scroll down to "signature"
- Place cursor under name, address and such and right click to "paste" image
- Click on image again and select "medium" to scale
- Scroll to bottom of page and click on "save changes"
Enjoy and congratulations on "celebrating a century of service"!