Happy New Year!
I hope that all of you enjoyed your holidays, whether able to take a break or continuing to work. The start of a new year is often time for reflection, resolutions and new beginnings. With that in mind, I wanted to share a couple of things with all of you. First, access the following link for the USCG Commandant's 2018 reading list – with thanks to CDR Miller for passing it on. The list includes an intro by Admiral Zukunft that states a commitment to "reinforce a culture of excellence and highlight the importance of leadership at all levels" which is certainly something for which we can all strive.
I also wanted to share a "thank you" note from LCDR Winner and his family for the support they received following the Northern California fires which destroyed their home. The message is one of appreciation, new beginnings and a reminder that when we are faced with struggles it is the comfort and support offered by friends and family which keeps us going.
The last couple of months have been a blur and it has been a very emotionally challenging time for me and my family. But it has been made easier thanks to the amazing support of the NOAA Corps, OMAO, and the many people in NOAA outside of those two groups that I have worked with during my time as an officer. My wife and I have been amazed over the last two months at the outpouring of support we have received and I wanted to take the time to thank everyone.
We have received support in so many ways, whether it was boxes of books and toys for my kids sent from various ACO groups or the many of you that individually donated monetarily to us. I was humbled to see the names of so many people whether it was the many retired Corps officers or the mother of a professional mariner in the augmentation pool who I have never sailed with.
I would also like to specifically thank a few people: CAPT Bridgeman, CAPT Roberts, and CDR Evans who helped me get ashore as quickly as possible; LT Vejar and LCDR Wartick who helped cover XO duties while I was gone and helped me dig out after I returned; Katherine Raymond for her assistance with making sure that my family was taken care of while they were evacuated; and RDML Smith for taking time to call and make sure that my family was safe and that we were being taken care of.
This has been made harder by the fact that I am afloat right now and my family is not near the ship; but the support of everyone in NOAA, and in particular my command and the marine center, has made it easier. My family is starting to find a new normal. While we can never replace many of the items that were lost, the support that has been provided has helped us to begin anew. Thank you. -William, Laurabelle, Erianna, Danica, and Keegan Winner
Be kind to yourself and those entrusted to your care…
CAPT Anne K. Lynch, NOAA
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