Often, at CPC, it seems the majority of work that crosses my desk is negative, frustrating or exhausting. I sometimes forget to focus on the rewarding interactions and experiences. Luckily, though, there are enough of those positive instances to encourage me to return to the office each day.
Last week I was able to attend the graduation ceremony for BOTC 130. I was honored to be there and it was quite impressive to watch our ensigns celebrate their graduation with their US Coast Guard classmates. Having been at CPC when we moved our training center to the USCG Officer Candidate School, I am proud to see how far the relationships and training have advanced.
It's also pleasant to be reminded of NOAA Corps officer camaraderie. Following up on the Cyberflash October 20, 2017 article "ACO – Making a Difference", I am happy to report that the shadow box has found its home. CDR Tuell was exceptionally touched. He sent the following and gave me permission to share with all of you:
Dear Captain Lynch,
I am writing to express my sincere appreciation to you, Captain Adams, and everyone at CPC and ACO who helped to recreate my shadow box. The one given to me on my retirement day is somewhere on the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico. I surely never expected to have another!
Just before Thanksgiving, my good friend Miles Croom made the long drive from St. Petersburg to Madison to present me with the new one. It is absolutely beautiful! I am amazed and deeply humbled that he did this. He explained that CPC and the ACO gave considerable help, so I thank you for that. I imagine someone on your staff had to dig through old paper records, as part of my time in the Corps preceded desktop computers.
Miles and I took the opportunity to spend a couple of fantastic days together and you can bet we spent most of that time talking about our years in the NOAA Corps. It was a wonderful experience - and the ribbons and qualification insignia in the shadow box helped to bring back great memories. Because I had lost all of my NOAA memorabilia in Katrina, this new shadowbox is something I will treasure forever.
The NOAA Corps is an amazing organization. I am very proud of the 20 years I spent in the uniform and am thankful I had the opportunity to serve my country as a Commissioned Officer, manager, sailor, scientist, and engineer. The experiences I had, and the work ethic I learned, have served me well since retirement and have helped me to build a successful second career. But 17 years after taking-off the uniform I can say with certainty that my comrades in the Corps were the best, smartest, hardest-working folks I have ever met. Some of them are darn good friends, too.
Please share my deepest gratitude and salute to the entire NOAA Corps - both active duty and retired.
Best regards -grady
Grady H. Tuell, Ph.D. Commander NOAA (Retired)
In closing, as the new officers prepare to enter the fleet excited and motivated, it's important for us to remember and foster that invigorating feeling, remain positive through the tough times, and be grateful for the friends and mission we have.
Be kind to yourself and all those entrusted to your care.
CAPT Anne K. Lynch, NOAA
|04 - 08 Dec 2017||CO/XO Conference|
|08 - 12 Jan 2018||Mid Grade Week One|
|CDR Mark Sweeney||01 Dec 2017|
|LT Reni Rydlewicz||01 Dec 2017|
|ENS Kaitlyn Seberger||15 Dec 2017|
|LT Alexander Johnston||29 Dec 2017|
|CAPT William Odell||01 Jan 2018|
|LCDR Jonathan French||01 Feb 2018|
|LCDR Madeleine Adler||01 Mar 2018|
|LT Anna-Elizabeth Villard-Howe||01 Mar 2018|
|LCDR Jennifer Pralgo||01 Mar 2018|