Good afternoon, fellow NOAA Corps officers,
Today's message from the Director will actually be from the Director, Office of Coast Survey (OCS), RDML Ben Evans. While he wrote the below message for OCS, his message rings true for all of us and I find solace in his words.
Greetings, Coast Survey,
Today marks the one-year anniversary of the untimely and tragic death of my predecessor, RDML Rick Brennan. I know this memory is still very raw for many of you, as it is for me. I hear his voice and see his imprint in so much of what we do. There is not a day that goes by that I don't wish for the opportunity to ask his advice, "violently agree" about his latest idea, or just share a funny story. I miss his wisdom, energy, and good humor dearly, and I know that many of you do as well.
Rick dedicated his adult life to his family, Coast Survey, and the hydrographic community as a whole. For those who did not know Rick or would simply like to remember him better, I recommend reading the OCS blog posted last year commemorating his life and career. If you are like me, you will be awed, humbled, and inspired all over again.
I encourage you all to take time today to reflect on the Admiral Brennan's life and career, and the example he set for us as an innovator, leader, mentor, and public servant. Those who are able may wish to consider donating blood or performing another act of service in Rick's honor. Check in on a junior colleague or a friend, concoct an inventive scheme to advance NOAA's mission, share a sea story, make intentional time for your family - these are all things Rick would honor and encourage. Lastly, I ask that you keep Rick's wife Tracey and their sons in your thoughts.
CAPT Douglas MacIntyre, NOAA
Director, Commissioned Personnel Center
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