July 13, 2012Changes of CommandFWC-SD Changes CommandBy Aerographer’s Mate 1st Class (AW) Stella G. SwartzCapt. Greg Ulses relieved Capt. Todd Monroe as commanding officer (CO), Fleet Weather Center San Diego(FWC-SD) July 6. Guest speaker Capt. Van Gurley, commanding officer, Naval Operational Oceanographic Command, praised Monroe’s accomplishments since standing up FWC-SD as its first Commanding Officer. Monroe, who was awarded the Legion of Merit, will report next to the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) Pacific. “I will miss the day-to-day energy, talent, and professionalism of this workforce,” Monroe said. “They have truly come together, overcoming numerous challenges, to achieve something special in the service of our Navy and nation. From specialized civilians, to motivated, hungry Sailors to our wardroom, it has been my genuine honor to have served with each of them as their commissioning CO.” Ulses comes to San Diego from the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command (NMOC) where he served as assistant chief of staff, Strategic Plans and Policy as well as Deputy Hydrographer of the Navy. “FWC-SD is carrying out the most challenging and dynamic mission inCapt. Greg Ulses, incoming commanding our community, in the Navy’s most important theater of operations,”officer, Fleet Weather Center San Diego, is Ulses said. “I can’t imagine being offered a more exciting Commandpiped aboard during a change of command opportunity.”ceremony, July 6. U.S. Navy photo byAerographer’s Mate 3rd Class ElisePerdichizzi
Fleet Survey Team Holds Change of CommandBy Lanee Cooksey, Naval Oceanographic Office, Public AffairsThe Fleet Survey Team (FST) held a change of command ceremony at Stennis Space Center in Mississippi,June 21.Cmdr. Ronald R. Shaw relieved Cmdr. Christopher J. Sterbis as commanding officer. "You should be extremely proud of what you have accomplished. The Navy understands the value of the Fleet Survey Team and what it does," said Naval Oceanographic Office Commanding Officer Capt. Paul Oosterling, guest speaker. Shaw is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, the Naval Postgraduate School, the University of Southern Mississippi and the Naval War College.Cmdr. Chris Sterbis, outgoing Fleet Survey Team A former FST executive officer, he comes to Command from(FST) commanding officer, reports to Capt. Paul the staff of the U.S. Pacific Command.Oosterling, Naval Oceanographic Office and Sterbiscommanding officer, as Cmdr. Ron Shaw, FST Sterbis next assignment will be in Washington D.C. at OPNAV, Assessment Division.incoming commanding officer, looks on during achange of command ceremony at Stennis SpaceCenter on June 21. U.S. Navy photo by GeorgeLammonsPromotionsThe following Chief Aerographers Mates have been selected for senior chief:Matthew P. Euler, David H. Perrin, Ann Marie Powell and Michael S. Vinson.Items of InterestNOAD San Diego Participates in Neighborhood ExchangeBy Lt. j.g. Geoff EberleEvery month the San Diego Armed Services YMCAvolunteers distribute food to young sailors and theirfamilies via the Neighborhood Exchange program.This program is available for income-qualified militaryfamilies and the food is provided by local donors.Sailors assigned to Naval Oceanography Anti-Submarine Warfare Detachment (NOAD) San Diegohelped to distribute beans, canned tomatoes, cereal,fresh peaches, bananas, watermelon and potatoes.
Fleet Weather Center San Diego Receives Blue H Award for Second Consecutive YearBy Lt. Cmdr.Thomas Keefer For the second year in a row, Fleet Weather Center San Diego (FWC-SD) has been awarded the Navy Surgeon General’s Blue H award. The Blue H award is a Health Promotion and Wellness Award encouraging and rewarding the promotion of health and wellness in Navy and Marine Corps organizations. Fleet Weather Center received the highest of three levels, the Gold Star award, as the result of continuous focus on health and wellness throughout the year.Cmdr. Mike Kuypers, executive officer, FleetWeather Center San Diego, accepts the Blue HGold Star Pennant from the Navy SurgeonGeneral. U.S. Navy photo by Aerographer’sMate 3rd Class Elise PerdichizziUSNS Henson in the Republic Of KoreaNaval Oceanographic Office surveyors Michael Dunn and Holly Garvin raise theAmerican flag on the hydrographic survey launch deployed from USNS Henson inpreparation of surveying ports in the Republic of Korea. Personnel deployed onHenson’s hydrographic survey launch survey areas too shallow and toorestricted for the ship to enter. U.S. Navy photo by Steve FaberStudents from Dauphin Island Sea Lab Visit NAVOCEANOBy Whitney Scheffel The Naval Oceanographic Office (NAVOCEANO) hosted six students from Dauphin Island Sea Lab (DISL) for a tour of oceanographic science and technology activities at Stennis Space Center, June 12. The students are participating in Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) sponsored by the National Science Foundation. “One of our goals for the DISL-REU program and these students is exploration of the variety of career options in marine sciences,” said DISL mentor Dr. Tina Miller. “Coming from an academic setting, students are often unaware of the types and applications of research thatDauphin Island Sea Lab students visit the Boat happen in state, federal, private and non-governmentalOperations Branch in Pass Christian as part of their organizations.”Naval Oceanographic Office tour. Photo by WhitneyScheffel
Naval Oceanography ASW Detachment, Naples in ActionBy Aerographer’s Mate 3rd Class Kathleen MosherCommander Task Force Six Nine (CTF-69) and NATO allies completed exercise Shark Hunt 2012, May 23-June 3. CTF-69 successfully completed this task with the help of the Naval Oceanography Anti-Submarine Warfare(ASW) detachment (NOAD), Naples.The NOAD Sailors manned a 24/7 meteorology and oceanography watch alongside the CTF-69 staff, providingtimely, tactical oceanographic and acoustic analysis to assist CTF-69 planners in optimizing ASW tactics,techniques and sensors against environmental conditions.The exercise allowed CTF-69 to become fully certified as Theater Anti-Submarine Warfare Commander(TASWC). From left to right: Capt. Wesley Guinn, Commander of Task Force (CTF) 69, presents Aerographer’s Mate 1st Class Rhyan Winbush with a Navy Achievement Medal and Aerographer’s Mate 3rd Class Kathleen Mosher and Aerographer’s Mate Airman Kylie Marty with flag letters of commendation for their work during exercise Shark Hunt 2012.FWC-SD attends FLIP 50th CelebrationThe Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) at University of California, San Diego, and the Office of NavalResearch hosted the 50th celebration of FLIP (Floating Instrument Platform) June 29. FLIP is a 355-foot research vessel, owned by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and administered and operated by the Marine Physical Laboratory of Scripps Institution of Oceanography to conduct investigations in a number of fields, including acoustics, oceanography, meteorology and marine mammal observation. Rear Adm. Jonathan White, commander of the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command, was a guest speaker at the event luncheon and talked about the important link between the U.S. Navy and SIO.From left to right: Lt. Darin Keeter, Lt. Charlotte Hill, Lt. j.g. Chris The vessel can partially submerge like a sinking ship by filling ballast tanks in its stern with water.Mitchell, Rear Adm. Jonathan White, Capt. Todd Monroe, Cmdr. When in the vertical position, FLIPs visibleMike Kuypers, Lt. Cmdr. Tom Keefer, Lt. Lynne Edwards, Lt.Michelle Mahan, Rodney Jacques and Lt. Chuck Browder pose infront of the floating instrument platform.
floating platform extends 55 feet above the ocean surface while the rest of the hull reaches 300 feet below thewater.Because much of the vessel is submerged when upright, the platform is impervious to the effects of oceanwaves, providing a stable environment for researchers to do their work.The steel-hulled platform, built in 1962, accommodates 11 researchers and a crew of five for up to 30 days.FLIP operates in two modes, drifting with the currents or moored to the sea floor, and supports the deploymentof a variety of sensors and instruments.PersonnelNGA Hydrographer RetiresBy Howard Cohen, NGA Maritime Safety Office Rear Adm. Chris Andreasen, chief hydrographer, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), retired May 24. As NGA’s Chief Hydrographer for 15 years, he helped develop strategic planning, technical developments and assisted in the transition to electronic charting. “I am honored to have served with fine professionals and to have played a small part in the growth of world of hydrography,” Andreasen said. “I’m thankful for a supporting family and will miss the day to day work with my dear colleagues.” Rear Adm. Jonathan White, commander of the NavalRetired Rear Adm. Chris Andreasen accepts, from Meteorology and Oceanography Command, alsoPeter Doherty (left), deputy director, Maritime Safety recognized Andreasen’s nearly 50 years of work,Office, and Capt. Ray Chartier Jr. (right), director, presenting him with a chart of the Bay of St. Louis duringMaritime Safety Office, a ships bell engraved with the 18th International Hydrographic conference in Monaco in April.the names of the five ships he served on. Photo byLarry FranklinFormer Oceanographer of the Navy Seesholtz DiesRetired Rear Adm. Rich Seesholtz, former Oceanographer of the Navy, died of leukemia and lymphoma, June8 at the age of 79.Seesholtz served as the Oceanographer of the Navy from 1983 to 1988.He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1956 and in 1968, received a doctorate in oceanography at theMassachusetts Institute of Technology.He served aboard submarines, including command of the USS Dolphin (AGSS 555), a deep-diving submarine,which undertook deep sonar operations.
Seesholtz’s decorations included two awards of the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal, the JointService Commendation Medal and the Navy Commendation Medal.Sailor Lends a Hand in MexicoBy Kelly LeGuillon, CNMOC Public AffairsAviation Electrician’s Mate Airman Clara Valdes ventures to Tijuana, Mexico, as often as she can to work withchildren in the orphanage, Casa Hogar de Belen.She first visited the orphanage in October 2001 as part of a church group.Valdes instantly fell in love with the children and has been returning ever since.“I walked off the bus and one of the children ran forward and gave me a hug, and I realized that love doesntneed to have boundaries,” she said. The orphanage houses around 70 children, none of whom are true orphans but are cases of abuse in which the courts have removed them from their homes. Valdes is temporarily assigned to Fleet Weather Center San Diego’s training department. She has dreamed of serving in the military since she was six-years- old and applies her Navy core values to her work in Tijuana. “I need commitment to keep going, even when I see the heartbreak, the courage to brave Tijuana and the honor of having the Navy trust me in Mexico,” she said. “You have to work hard and give it your all in the military. The kids deserve me giving my all and working hard for them too.” Valdes, who grew up the youngest of nine, has always loved working with children and is a big kid at heart. “Im 20 and my answer to problems is ice cream,” she said. She has also fallen in love with the culture and made friends with members of a local church. “My friend Carloss family has basically adopted me,” she said.Aviation Electrician’s Mate Clara Valdes, “They framed a photo of me and it lives on the wall with the photosFleet Weather Center San Diego, of their kids.”pushes a child from Casa Hogar deBelen, on a swing during a recent trip to Valdes grew up in Roatan, Honduras, but hopes to live in TijuanaTijuana, Mexico. one day when she is finished serving in the Navy.“I want to watch them (the children from the orphanage) grow up,” she said.Her goal for the orphanage is to help provide the children with dental care.Until then, it’s the memories that keep bringing her back.
“When a little girl or boy falls asleep in your arms, and you know that even though this child has lived a life ofhorror, they can still trust and love, those are the best memories,” she said.Social MediaFollow Naval Oceanography and Rear Adm. Jonathan White on Facebook and @navyoceans on Twitter tokeep up with all the latest news and images from the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography community.Rear Adm. Jonathan W. White, USNCommander, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography CommandNaval Meteorology and Oceanography Command News1100 Balch Boulevard, Stennis Space Center, MS 39529The editorial content of this newspaper is edited and approved by the public affairs officeof the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command.Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command editorial staff: Public Affairs Officer Cathy L. Willis Public Affairs Assistant/Editor George M. Lammons Editorial Assistant/Writer/Layout Kelly LeGuillon Design Jenni T. ErvinThis newspaper is an authorized publication for members of the military services. Its contents do not necessarily reflect the officialviews of the U.S. Government, the Department of Defense or the U.S. Navy and do not imply endorsement thereof. NMOC News is a biweekly electronic internal newsletter, distributed by the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command Public Affairs Office. To obtain guidelines for contributing information to NMOC News, or for any other questions, please contact: Tel: (228) 688-4384 • Fax: (228) 688-4880 • E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org