OCS 1-18/BOTC 130 Graduation Livestream
The OCS 1-18/BOTC 130 graduation will be broadcasted via livestream for those who will be unable to attend on Tuesday, November 21, 2017. Below is the livestream link for your situational awareness:
TSP Webinar – Date Change
In support of the upcoming BRS Opt-in period, Thrift Savings Plan is offering up two webinars to increase awareness and understanding. The first webinar is focused on BRS and TSP, however all officers are encouraged to attend the second webinar as it pertains to TSP in both BRS and the legacy retirement systems. Click on the links below to register for the session.
TSP Upcoming Sponsored Webinars
TSP and BRS; December 5, 2017, 1pm- 2pm ET
TSP Investment Funds and Managing Your Account; December 9, 2017, 1pm-2pm ET
Both sessions will be recorded for viewing at later dates.
Please reach out to CDR Jeff Shoup, firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions on BRS or the TSP webinars.
End of Year Package 2017
Next week kicks off this year's End of Year Package (EOYP)! This requirement is intended to assist CPC and officers in the maintenance of Officer Personnel Folders (OPF) and other personnel concerns, as we strive to continually enhance our customer service. EOYP link will be found within your OPF notification section and available to officers through February 4, 2018. Login and get started today! Contact LT Laura Gibson with any questions or concerns throughout the process.
The NOAA Corps Director has designated the response to Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria as national response operations for the period of August 23 - October 1, 2017. Are you or any officers you supervise eligible for the NOAA Corps National Response Deployment Medal (NRDM) or the National Response Service Ribbon (NRSR)? Check out NOAA Corps Directives Chapter 12, 12705C and 12705J respectively for eligibility requirements and ensure that the efforts of individuals are properly recognized when they go above and beyond normal duties.
From Payroll: Prior Military Service
If you have Prior Military Service you may benefit from having a record of your Prior Military Records. The following website you can order a copy of your records from your perspective military service. NOAA Corps Payroll does everything possible to make sure all of your time is recorded and that you're getting the correct pay for ALL of your military service.
History: The Wisdom of Bos'n Bob Savage
The backbone of the fleet is the cadre of longtime maritime employees who have dedicated their lives to serving with NOAA today, the old Coast and Geodetic Survey, and the Bureau of Commercial Fisheries vessels of yesteryear. Among the finest of those who served was Chief Boatswain Robert C. Savage. Savage served with the Coast and Geodetic Survey for 40 years, starting on the Oceanographer in 1930 and subsequently seventeen additional ships. His last ship was the then new Mt. Mitchell before retirement in 1970. Along the way he helped train hundreds of new C&GS officers, some of which would become admirals. Savage shared some of his wisdom in a 1970 interview:
"Never be in a hurry. Take your time and you will get there and the job done quicker and safer.
"Safety first aboard a survey vessel depends on good, alert petty officers and leading men.... Due to hazardous work and new crew at the start of each field season, petty officers and leading men have to be alert and on their toes.
"A leading man should never get mad and yell at his crew if they make a mistake. This could cause an accident. Take them aside and show them their mistake. Then show them the way to do the job.
"Never take things for granted. Inspect. Be sure, not sorry.
"Keep alert at all times when standing anchor or lookout watch.... The safety of your ship may depend on you.
"Safety first aboard ship is everyone's job. Be alert. Think before you act.
"Have patience and train your crew. A well-trained crew is a safe crew."
Bos'n Savage's advice is as pertinent today as it was nearly 50 years ago.
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"!