June 22, 2012Changes of CommandCapt. Ash Evans Becomes JTWC Commanding Officer Capt. Ashley Evans relieved Capt. Michael Angove as commanding officer of the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) in a change of command ceremony on May 4. Angove retired at the end of the change of command. Rear Adm. Jonathan W. White, commander of the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command (NMOC), was the guest speaker and presiding officer at Angove’s retirement ceremony.Capt. Mike Angove, Joint Typhooon Warning Center Before assuming command, Evans served as Deputy(JTWC) commanding officer, relinquishes command, Navigator of the Navy and Naval Deputy to thesaluting Capt. Van Gurley, Naval Oceanography Department of Commerce for the Under Secretary ofOperations Command and Angoves commanding Oceans and Atmosphere and Administrator of theofficer, as Capt. Ashley Evans, incoming JTWC National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrationcommanding officer looks on. U.S. Navy photo by Andy (NOAA).Rhoades Angove will take a position at National Oceanic andAtmospheric Administration (NOAA) as Deputy Director of NOAA’s Tsunami Program.Kennedy Relieves Sommer as NOAC Commanding OfficerCmdr. Richard “Kitch” Kennedy relieved Cmdr. Bill Sommer as commanding officer of the Naval OceanographyAnti-Submarine Warfare Center (NOAC) at Stennis Space Center in a traditional Navy ceremony on May 24.Capt. Van Gurley, commanding officer of the Naval Oceanography Operations Command (NOOC), said thatunder Sommer, NOAC “became the thing you (the fleet) don’t leave home without.”“We had a vision. Bill executed that vision,” Gurley said.NOOC is NOAC’s parent command. Both commands are based at Stennis.
Sommer has been assigned to the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif., and Gurley awarded him the Meritorious Service Medal. Kennedy had most recently served as the executive officer of Fleet Survey Team, also located at Stennis. Capt. Van Gurley, Naval Oceanography Operations Command (NOOC) commanding officer, congratulates Cmdr. Richard "Kitch" Kennedy, incoming commanding officer of the Naval Oceanography Anti-submarine Warfare Center (NOAC), as Cmdr. Bill Sommer, outgoing NOAC commanding officer, looks on during a change of command ceremony at Stennis Space Center. U.S. Navy photo by George Lammons.CNATTU Keesler Change of Command Held May 31Cmdr. Angie Walker turned over command of the Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Unit, KeeslerAFB, Miss., to Cmdr. Jonathan Vorrath, May 31.Vorrath reported from Naval Personnel Command, where he served as the junior oceanography assignmentand placement officer providing worldwide distribution of assignments for Naval oceanography and limited dutyofficers.Walker is heading to the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency in Reston, Va., to serve as the deputy seniormeteorology and oceanography officer, National System for Geospatial Intelligence.Selections0-5 List ReleasedThe following lieutenant commander oceanography officers have been selected for promotion to commander:Amy L. Bleidorn, Erlina A. Haun, Benjamin A. Jones, Ruth A. Lane, Michael J. Loomis, Shane Stoughton, AllonG. Turek, Kenneth A. Wallace, Micah A. Weltmer.0-5 Reservist List ReleasedThe following lieutenant commander oceanography reserve officers have been selected for promotion tocommander: Glen M. Cesari, James M. Gombas, Richard E. Lumsden, Dean J. Moran, Rachel H. Wadebrown.E-9 List ReleasedThe following aerographer’s mate senior chiefs have been selected for advancement to master chief: Todd A.Anselm and Todd Morabito.
Items of InterestFST Surveys in AlbaniaBy Lt. David LorfeldSailors and civilian hydrographers from Fleet Survey Team (FST) are conducting a hydrographic safety ofnavigation survey in Vlore, Albania, in support of U.S. Sixth Fleet Theater Security Cooperation efforts. An eight-member survey team is deployed aboard a nine-meter hydrographic survey vessel to execute coastal and harbor hydrographic surveys for the purpose of updating nautical charts for use by the U.S. Navy, joint forces and the government of Albania. Fleet Survey Teams nine-meter safe boat, “Swamp Fox”, departs the Port of Durres, Albania, in route to Vlore, Albania, for a safety of navigation survey. The four-hour transit marked the start of the teams two-month hydrographic survey. U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Laura Dehaan.Mine Warfare Contributes to Frontier SentinelBy Josh ShawNaval Oceanographic Office Mine Warfare personnel, alongside Sailors from Naval Oceanography MineWarfare Center, participated in Frontier Sentinel 2012, May 2-9. The exercise focused on maritime homelandsecurity of the U.S. and Canada.The exercise allowed Navy, Coast Guard and Canadian forces to train together, practicing how to handlehomeland security-related drills during a full-scale live event.The U.S. and Canadian militaries searched for fake sea minesplanted in the waters near Nova Scotia, Canada, and Groton,Conn.Naval Oceanographic Office and Naval Oceanography Mine WarefareCenter personnel Scott Darby, Lt. j.g. Jessica Swauger, Aerographer’sMate 3rd Class Dane Maglinao and Josh Shaw, engage inenvironmental post-mission analysis of side scan sonar imagery duringFrontier Sentinel 2012, Groton, Conn. U.S. Navy photo byAerographer’s Mate 2nd Class Kristy PegramDjiboutian Navy Teams with CJTF-HOA to Expand Weather OperationsBy Staff Sgt. Andrew Caya, Defense Video and Imagery Distribution SystemDjiboutian Navy sailors teamed up with Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa’s (CJTF-HOA)meteorology and oceanography operations branch or METOC to install a weather sensor at the DjiboutianMaritime Operations Center, May 17.Part of METOC’s mission is to increase the amount of environmental data collected in East Africa. Toaccomplish this, CJTF-HOA METOC engages with different nations in East Africa and installs weather sensorsaround the region, which in turn helps create international relationships, said U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st ClassAmy Sexton, METOC leading petty officer.
To read more visit DVIDS: http://www.dvidshub.net/news/88719/djiboutian-navy-teams-with-cjtf-hoa-expand-weather-operations#ixzz1wHRPbZmiBoat Maintenance and Storage Facility Ribbon CuttingBy Kaley Turfitt The Naval Oceanographic Office (NAVOCEANO), Fleet Survey Team (FST) and Naval Oceanographic Mine Warfare Center (NOMWC) hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony May 17, to recognize the new boat awning that will be used by the commands. “This is a great step forward for NAVOCEANO, and especially the FST and NOMWC, with the commemoration of the new boat maintenance and storage facility,” Lt. Cmdr. John Garstka, executive officer, Fleet Survey Team said. “This facility will provide an enhanced boat storage and maintenanceLeft to right: Cmdr. Christopher Sterbis, commanding officer, capability, allowing boat divisions and unmannedFleet Survey Team; Capt. Paul Oosterling, commanding underwater vehicle platoons to conduct maintenanceofficer, Naval Oceanographic Office; and Cmdr. Chris on-site, reducing lead and travel time involved with moving equipment throughout the Stennis SpaceGabriel, commanding officer, Naval Oceanography Mine Center compound.”Warfare Center; cut the ribbon on the new boat awning, May17, Stennis Space Center, Miss. U.S. Navy photo by KaleyTurfittHigh Performance Computing Modernization Program Makes Four petaFLOP Upgrade forDepartment of DefenseThe Department of Defense High Performance Computing Modernization Program (DOD HPCMP) has justcompleted its largest one-time investment in supercomputing capability supporting the science, engineering,test and acquisition communities of the DOD. The total acquisition is valued at $105 million, and includes $80million for multiple systems along with an additional $25 million in hardware and software maintenanceservices. The petaFLOP upgrade will more than double the DOD HPCMP’s current sustained computingcapability.A computing standard set in 2008, a petaFLOP is a measure of a computers processing speed and can beexpressed as a thousand trillion floating point operations per second. Using floating-point encoding, extremelylong numbers can be handled relatively easily. A floating-point number is expressed as a basic number, anexponent and a number base, usually 10.“This latest acquisition will provide significant capability for DOD scientists and engineers to stretch theboundaries of scientific discovery, expand engineering capabilities and accelerate the delivery of newtechnologies to the defense communities,” observed John West, director of the HPCMP.The HPCMP is managed on behalf of the DOD by the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Centerin Vicksburg, Miss.The purchase includes seven systems that will collectively provide over 225,000 cores, over 520 gigabytes ofmemory and a total storage capacity of 23 petabytes. Each system is scheduled to be fully accepted andoperational by the end of the calendar year. The HPC vendors participating in the system deployments include
IBM, SGI and Cray Inc. The competitive government acquisition was executed through the GovernmentServices Administration (GSA), Federal Acquisition Services, Assisted Acquisition Service Division.The supercomputers will be installed at five DOD Supercomputing Resource Centers (DSRCs). Although theDSRCs are located within specific organizations, each serves a community of users across the DOD.The Navy DSRC, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command, located at Stennis Space Center, willreceive two IBM iDataPlex systems built upon Intel’s Sandy Bridge processor. These two systems areidentical; each consisting of 18,816 compute cores and 37 terabytes of memory. The systems are designed assister-systems to provide continuous service during maintenance outages. There is also a third smaller IBMiDataPlex system for the Navy DSRC that will have 4,032 compute cores and eight terabytes of memory.PersonnelRear Adm. David Titley RetiresRear Adm. David Titley retired June 15, after a 32-year Navy career.He served his initial flag tour as the commander, Naval Meteorology andOceanography Command. His other positions include oceanographer andnavigator of the Navy, and director, Task Force Climate Change as well asassuming responsibility for Navy Space and Maritime Domain Awareness.Titley’s last assignment was acting assistant deputy chief of Naval Operations forInformation Dominance.He will become the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration DeputyUnder Secretary for Operations. Rear Adm. David Titley speaks to Commander Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command staff members, Stennis Space Center Miss., June 8. U.S. NavyCapt. Bob Kiser Retires photo by Kelly LeGuillon Capt. Bob Kiser retired from the U.S. Navy May 24 in a traditional Navy ceremony at Stennis Space Center after 30 years of active duty service. Kiser, a native of Altoona, Pa., and a resident of Picayune, Miss., worked most recently at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) at Stennis Space Center. During his career, he has been stationed around the world, including several tours along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. He has completed Stennis Space Center tours at the headquarters command of the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command (NMOC), the Naval Oceanographic Office (NAVOCEANO), the Naval Research Lab, and the NavalCapt. Bob Kiser escorts his wife, Loretta, "ashore" Oceanography Operations Command (NOOC), asat the end of his retirement ceremony. Kiser retired commanding officer. Additionally, he commanded the Navalin a traditional Navy ceremony on May 24 atStennis Space Center after 30 years of active dutyservice. U.S. Navy photo by George Lammons
Meteorology and Oceanography Professional Development Center (NMOPDC) in Gulfport.Capt. John Cousins, USN (ret), Dr Herb Eppert, Superintendent of the Marine Geosciences Division of theNaval Research Laboratory; and Rear Adm. Jonathan White, commander of the Naval Meteorology andOceanography Command; served as guest speakers for the ceremony. Kiser was lauded with spending muchof his career executing and leading difficult tasks and mentoring his shipmates.“No matter what the task, Bob gets it done, on time and sometimes without any resources. His leadership andtechnical skill will be sorely missed in this community,” White said.Kiser, in his remarks, thanked his family for their support in his successes and talked about his lessons learnedon leadership and mentoring over the last 30 years.Personnel Spotlight: Warren “Rusty” Russum, NMOPDCBy Kelly LeGuillon, CNMOC Public AffairsThree things stand out when meeting Warren “Rusty” Russum. He’s passionate about music, family and hiswork.Russum is the senior technical writer and editor for the Naval Oceanography Professional Development Center(NMOPDC) in Gulfport, Miss., where he edits training and reference publications for aerographers mates,meteorology and oceanography officers and International Hydrographic Management Engineering Programforeign officer courses as well as some U.S. Marine Corps training courses.Although he has worked for the Navy for 28 years, he did not alwaysenvision his career taking the path that it did.Always interested in the broadcast industry, Russum was mostinterested in the behind the scenes aspects rather than in front of thecamera.“In college I directed several short film features and was hooked,”Russum said. “When I got out into the real world I realized that I wasntgoing to get rich, and decided to go into the writing side of thebusiness.”Russum owned his own recording studio, working as a certifiedrecording engineer. One of his projects, a disco record by ThelmaHouston, achieved gold status.His goal after graduating from the University of Southern Mississippiin 1975, with a bachelor’s degree in communications, was a career inthe radio, TV and film industry. Rusty Russum, technical writer and editor for the Naval Oceanographic ProfessionalRussum was asked to edit a medium size technical journal while Development Center, reviews a trainingwriting freelance articles for newspapers and magazines. He started publication, Gulfport Miss., May 14. U.S.correcting syntax and grammatical errors and found that he enjoyed Navy photo by Kelly LeGuillonediting publications.A Mississippi Gulf Coast native, he decided to take a position with the Naval Oceanographic Office(NAVOCEANO) at Stennis Space Center as an editor in 1983 to provide a more substantial and stable livingfor his growing family. His work with NAVOCEANO included editing technical and special publications.
He has since remained in the Navy training arena, working as an editorial assistant for the former NavalOceanography Command Facility, Bay St. Louis, before taking his current position in 2005.“The federal government is a good place to work. I enjoy working in my field with the military,” said Russum.His successful career did not come without obstacles. Confined to a wheelchair due to contracting polio as aninfant, Russum makes it clear that his inability to walk is part of who he is but does not define him.“I’m not handicapped, I just have wheels. Not a big deal, I just take care of business, and I expect to be treatedthe same as everyone else,” he said.His biggest accomplishment, however, does not involve work or music but his family. A foster parent of three,Russum says his greatest achievement has been raising his children to become productive, loving people thathave turned into great parents.He spends most of his time outside of work with his wife, playing with their seven grandchildren, two dogs andtraveling.Russum wants to earn his doctorate eventually. He is finishing his master’s degree in instructional design.“My goal is to continue my education. I am interested in the different aspects and methods involved in theeducational process,” he said.Russum dreams of working in the music industry again when he retires. He was once a keyboard player in arock band.As for now, “I take life one day at a time, giving everything 100 percent,” he said.USS Shoup Visits FWC-SDBy Lt. Cmdr.Thomas KeeferThe navigation team from the USS Shoup (DDG-86) and seven US Naval Academy midshipmen visited FleetWeather Center- San Diego (FWC-SD) for training, May 31. Lt. Cmdr. Thomas Keefer, Quarter Master Chief Ferguson and Aerographer’s Mate 1st Class Heather Flores, Fleet Liaison Department, provided tailored training regarding meteorology and oceanography (METOC)products and services available to the ship’s navigation team and qualifying surface warfare officers. The quartermasters training focused on the usage of portable METOC equipment and the recording and transmission of synoptic observations. The surface warfare officer training covered METOC related line items from the surface warfare officer personnelLt. Cmdr. Thomas Keefer, Fleet Weather Center San Diego, qualification standards.poses with navigation team members and midshipmen from theUSS Shoup. U.S. Navy photo by Aerographer’s Mate 3rd ClassElise Perdichizzi
USNO Observes 70th Anniversary of the Battle of MidwayBy Geoff Chester, USNO Public Affairs OfficerU.S. Naval Observatory (USNO) staff and members of the Naval Officers Spouses Club gathered June 4 in theJames M. Gilliss Library to reflect on the historic events of June 4, 1942 at the Battle of Midway.Capt. Tim Gallaudet, USNO Superintendent, speaking to the group, highlighted the importance of informationand information dominance as the keys to winning the battle.In the Battle of Midway, the outmanned and outgunned U.S. Navy forces were able to lure the Japanese taskforce into a trap, resulting in a U.S. victory. Actions of individual naval aviation units exemplified the Navy’score values of Honor, Courage, and Commitment.Midway was indeed a “momentous, inspirational, David-vs.-Goliath battle,” said Gallaudet.USNO Observes Transit of VenusBy Geoff Chester, USNO Public Affairs Officer U.S. Naval Observatory staff, family and guests gathered at the observatory in Washington, D.C. in the hopes of seeing one of the rarest of astronomical phenomena, a “Transit of Venus,”June 5. Transits of Venus, in which the disc of Venus slowly makes its way across that of the sun, occur at regular intervals that repeat over a 243-year period. Intervals between successive transits are eight years, 105.5 years, eight years, and 121.5 years. The next Transit of Venus will occur Dec. 11, 2117, but won’t be visible from Washington, D.C.Capt. Tim Gallaudet, superintendent, U.S. Naval Approximately 250 people attended the event in WashingtonObservatory, waits for a break in the clouds to and 320 people attended at U.S. Naval Observatory Flagstaffsight the sun and Venus through the historic 1874 Station (NOFS). Despite cloudy skies, the sun and VenusAlvan Clark 5-inch Transit of Venus telescope gave a handful of visitors a fleeting glimpse of the event.Washington DC, June 5. U.S. Navy photo by Geoff Those who did not see a direct view were able to watch theChester progress of the transit on a large screen in one of the conference rooms.While there were no scientific objectives in observing the transit, we hoped to see the transit with one of ourhistoric 5-inch Alvan Clark Transit-of-Venus telescopes. This particular instrument, Number 856, successfullyobserved the transit of 1874 from Vladivostok, Siberia, and the 1882 transit from San Antonio, Texas.FNMOC Hosts International Ensemble Forecast System WorkshopThe week of April 30, Fleet Numerical Meteorology and Oceanography Center (FNMOC) hosted the biannualworkshop of the North American Ensemble Forecast System (NAEFS).NAEFS is a formal partnership between Environment Canada (EC), Mexico’s National Meteorological Service(SMN), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to provide a global ensemblesystem to support improved weather forecasting.FNMOC has been an informal partner in NAEFS since 2006 and last year, FNMOC’s ensemble was integratedinto the NAEFS and is now available as part of a 63-member ensemble from a publicly accessible data server.
In addition to the North American countries, the workshop hosted attendees from the United Kingdom andBrazil to provide an opportunity for exchange of new developments, coordinate ongoing plans and efforts, andstrengthen partnerships.The NAEFS has brought new products into weather forecasting operations and increased the skill of extendedforecasts at lead times of 10 to 12 days.For more information, visit:http://www.emc.ncep.noaa.gov/gmb/ens/NAEFS.htmlhttp://www.weather.gov/nuopc/FWC-SD Participates in the 70th Anniversary of the Battle of Midway CelebrationBy Lt. Chuck Browder Fleet Weather Center San Diego (FWC-SD) participated in the 70th Anniversary of the Battle of Midway commemoration held aboard the USS Midway Museum, June 2. FWC-SD personnel volunteered as escorts during the event, providing assistance to veterans and their family members. One of the volunteers, Lt. Chuck Browder, was the escort for retired Lt. George Berstein. During the Battle of Midway, as a seaman 1st class, Berstein was attached to Torpedo Squadron Eight (VT-8). He was a member of the flight deck crew onboard USS Hornet, spotting aircraft for launch and recovery. After aircraft from his squadron were shot down, he was transferred to USS Enterprise,Fleet Weather Center San Diego members working in the weather office.pose for a picture with retired Lt. GeorgeBerstein during the Battle of Midwaycommemoration. From left to right: SeniorChief Aerographer’s Mate Eric Windell, Cmdr.Mike Kuypers, retired Lt. George Berstein,Capt.Todd Monroe and Lt. Chuck Browder.Armed Forces and Overseas Citizens Voters WeekThe Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness has designated June 28-July 7 as ArmedForces Voters Week and Overseas Citizens Voters Week.The goal of Voters Week is to encourage military personnel and their family members, as well as overseascitizens, to exercise their right to vote. The Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) oversees votingprograms for all DOD Components, and provides necessary information and voting tools such as the FederalPost Card Application and Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot.Absentee ballots should be returned to their voting authority no later than 30 days prior to the General Electionon November 6th to ensure delivery and processing time is allotted.For questions or concerns regarding your voting eligibility, state of voting residence, or the voting process ingeneral, please visit www.fvap.gov or contact your command voting assistance officer.
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