May 21, 2012Commander’s CornerBy Rear Adm. Jonathan White, Commander, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography CommandWhen Adm. Jonathan Greenert was appointed Chief of Naval Operations (CNO)last fall, he introduced his three tenets: Warfighting first, operate forward, andbe ready. Adm. Greenert uses those tenets as the lenses through which he –and we – should evaluate each decision.These tenets so perfectly reflect our work in Naval Oceanography that Adm.Greenert could have written them with our community in mind.Warfighting first. For years, we have aligned our mission areas to those of thewarfighter. After all, our SEALs don’t go ashore, and we don’t find submarinesand mines, without first understanding the environment. Plus, the precise timeand astrometry provided by the Naval Observatory for timing and weaponssystems is absolutely critical for almost every warfighting system, not just for theNavy but the entire Department of Defense, including cyber warfare.Operate forward. In Naval Oceanography, we think forward. Our number one job is providing the home fieldadvantage at the away game or forward. The ocean and atmospheric forecasts we provide for maritimeenvironments are perfect examples, as well as our unique ability to know the environment better than theadversary.Be ready. Naval Oceanography’s readiness can be reflected in how well we harness the teamwork and talentof our people to responsibly employ our unique capabilities, as well as how we keep the Fleet ready.Understanding the environment is critical, since damage in port, at sea or in a hangar impacts the Fleet’sreadiness.Each and every one of us should take pride in how our mission plays such a vital role in our Navy and how ourwork aligns with the CNO’s priorities. As always, thank you for your continuous efforts to support each other,Naval Oceanography and our nation. Very well done!
Top StorySECDEF Announces Navy Flag Officer Nominations Capt. Brian B. Brown has been nominated for appointment to the rank of rear admiral (lower half). Brown is currently serving as executive assistant to the director, oceanography, space and maritime domain awareness, N2/N6E, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Oceanographer of the Navy, Washington, D.C.PersonnelNMOPDC Instructor Teaches 100th Introduction to Linux ClassStory and photo by Warren Russum, Technical Editor and Writer, NMOPDCIn April, the Naval Meteorology and OceanographyProfessional Development Center (NMOPDC) delivered the100th class of "Introduction to Unix/Linux."The class was taught by Mary Beth Dunn, a civilian with 28years of federal service.Dunn, a graduate in cartography from the University ofKentucky, spent her first years of federal service at theNational Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA),Aeronautical Chart Branch in Silver Spring, Md.She began working at the Naval Oceanographic Office Mary Beth Dunn, instructor, Naval Meteorology and(NAVOCEANO) in 1988, in the Bathymetry Department. Oceanography Professional Development Center,She was instrumental in bringing NAVOCEANO up to speed teaches the 100th class of "Introduction toon the latest (at the time) intergraph computer software. Unix/Linux.” U.S. Navy photo by Warren Russum.When NAVOCEANO took delivery of the Cray Supercomputer in 1991, Dunn was the logical choice forteaching the UNIX operating system class.She was able to overcome the various obstacles of building a training program from the ground up.Dunn now serves as an instructor at the NMOPDC as a classroom administrator and is responsible for the careand maintenance of two self-monitoring analysis and reporting technology (SMART) computer labs.She continues to conduct training to meteorology and oceanography professionals by leveraging virtual-machine software, enabling the full suite of NAVOCEANO UNIX-based database software and ArcGIS to berun on the NMCI network, a first within Navy training commands.
Asteroid named after Lowell astronomerDr. Steve Levine, former astronomer at Naval Observatory Flagstaff Station, now has an asteroid named afterhim.Levine, an astronomer at Lowell Observatory, is the Discovery Channel Telescope Commissioning Scientist.His research includes large astrometric surveys and the numerical simulation of the dynamics of astrophysicaldisk systems.LePire, Panek Awarded NOAA’s 2011 Bronze MedalBy Lanee CookseyTracy LePire of the Naval Oceanographic Office and Sherryl Panek of Fleet Numerical Meteorology andOceanography Center are recipients of a National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Bronze MedalAward for superior performance characterized by outstanding contributions, increasing the efficiency andeffectiveness of NOAA strategic goals.They will receive a framed certificate with medal for recognition as members of the Committee for OperationalProcessing Centers Joint Action Group. This group engineered a major increase in capacity, reliability,flexibility and security for the telecommunication networks that interconnect the National Weather Service, theNational Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service and the Department of Defense meteorologyand oceanography components.Items of InterestFirst Reservist Achieves EIDWS QualificationBy Aerographers Mate Airman Kyle SimkinsChief Aerographers Mate Dwight Koehn became the first Naval Oceanography Reservist to completethe Enlisted Information Dominance Warfare Specialist (EIDWS) on Feb. 29.The EIDWS qualification requires a broad understanding of multiple information dominance rates andtheir role and mission within the Navy. Koehn is the first reservist to earn this warfare qualification. AGC Dwight Koehn shakes the hand of Capt. Todd Monroe (left), commanding officer, Fleet Weather Center San Diego after being pinned by Chief Aerographers Mate Todd Gibson (right) for achieving the Enlisted Information Dominance Warfare Specialist qualification. U.S. Navy photo by AGAN Elise Perdichizzi
Fleet Weather Center takes First Place in NCTS Goat RaceBy Lt. j.g. DyAnna Frye Fleet Weather Center San Diego (FWC-SD) was presented with the trophy for winning the 2nd annual Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station (NCTS) Goat Race, May 7. The team included Lt. Lynne Edwards, Lt. Cmdr. Thomas Keefer and Information Systems Technician 2nd Class Bradley Rodriguez. The Goat Race is a triathlon consisting of a 500-meter swim, a nine-mile bike ride and a 3.2-mile run. The race began with Edwards finishing the 500 meter swim in eight minutes. Keefer then completed the bike ride in 24 minutes. Last was Rodriquez, finishing the 3.2 mile run in just under 20 minutes.Lt. Lynne Edwards and IT 2 Bradley Rodriguez The total time for the winning team was 54 minutes, beating theaccept the Goat Race trophy on behalf of Fleet “semi-professional” Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron SevenWeather Center San Diego (FWC-SD). U.S. Navy Five (HSM-75) team by 20 seconds.photo by Lt. j.g. DyAnna FryeMine Warfare Conducts Survey in Guam In early April, the Naval Oceanography’s Mine Warfare Department conducted a seven-day survey in Apra Harbor, Guam, alongside personnel from the Naval Oceanographic Mine Warfare Center (NOMWC). The primary purpose of the survey was to collect high resolution side scan sonar imagery of the ocean floor in order to mark the location of underwater objects and potential hazards to ship traffic, as well as assess any differences or changes to the environment. Despite some challenging bathymetric features in the outer channel, the UUV platoon was able to collect the required data. The collected information will support port security and a rapid, effective response to maritime contingencies or waterway threats. Products resulting from the survey will be shared with other agencies who might be involved in a maritime contingency. Graphic by Josh ShawThe surveys will be repeated in the future to assess any differences or changes to the environment.Fleet Weather Center San Diego Participates in “Denim Day” in Support of Sexual AssaultAwareness MonthBy Lt. Scott SpilkerIn support of April’s Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Fleet Weather Center San Diego (FWC-SD) Sailorssponsored a number of events, including two fun but serious activities, "These Hands Wont Hurt" and "DenimDay.”
The "These Hands Wont Hurt" project ran duringApril and allowed members to make a pledge to endviolence at home, work and abroad by voluntarilysigning a petition and by placing their hand prints ona canvas banner. The colors of the hand printsrepresented different sexual assault themesincluding domestic violence, family member assaultand sexual assault survivor.The project concluded April 25 with "Denim Day”where sailors were authorized to replace uniformtrousers with jeans and participate in the globalawareness and survivor supportevent. Fleet Weather Center San Diego (FWC-SD) members pose during theDenim Day originated several years ago when “Denim Day” event holding the “These Hands Won’t Hurt” banner. U.S.the Italian equivalent to the United States Navy photo by AGAN Elise PerdichizziSupreme Court exonerated a driving instructorwho was accused of sexually assaulting one of his students. In the Italian courts opinion, the victims jeanswere too tight to be removed without her assistance, so she must have given consent to the driving instructor.Many Italians immediately declared a Denim Day to protest the decision and to show support to the survivor.New Iceberg Observed off the Coast of AntarcticaBy Douglas GavinThe National/Naval Ice Center (NIC) started tracking a new iceberg off Antarctica on May 7.The new iceberg has been named B-09G and is currently located at 65°20’ South, 132° 37’ East, in theWilkesland Sea. It measures 12 nautical miles on its longest axis and six nautical miles on its widest axis.When first sighted, an iceberg’s point of origin is documented by the NIC.New COMET training modulesBy Dan Banks, NMOPDC COMET LiaisonThe Cooperative Program for Operational Meteorology, Education and Training (COMET®) published threenew training modules for the Commander, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command developed withthe cooperation of the meteorology and oceanography (METOC) community.The modules, published March 22, include “The U.S. Naval Observatory: Mission, Products, and Services”,“Weather Radar Fundamentals” and “Topics in Dynamic Meteorology: Thermal Winds.”The COMET® program, headquartered in Boulder, Colo., has been producing educational materials related tothe sciences and community preparedness for over 20 years.From the days of stand-alone laser-discs to hosting 325 modules on their learning management system(MetEd), COMET® develops on-line training delivered to the world via the Internet.What’s next for 2013? The NMOPDC is already looking for ideas from the fleet for new module development.To have an idea submitted, route it through your chain of command and it will be sent to the COMET liaison,Dan Banks.The modules can be viewed here https://www.meted.ucar.edu/index.php
CJTF-HOA METOC Install Sensor and Build Relationships in TanzaniaBy Cmdr. Douglas T. WahlPersonnel from the Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) Meteorology and Oceanography(METOC) Team provided an environmental sensor install at the Tanzanian Intelligence College, buildingrelationships between Tanzania and the U.S. The Tanzanian Intelligence College is a U.S. State Department sponsored endeavor to build partner nation capacity and improve U.S. Department of Defense relations with the Tanzanian People’s Defense Force (TPDF). Planning and executing this trip was a joint effort. “While planning this engagement we worked with the Country Coordinating Element, an Air Force Lieutenant Colonel, and the Defense Attaché, an Army Colonel, to outline and agree on objectives for this engagement, which was more about building a relationship with the TPDF than installing an environment sensor,” said Aerographer’s Mate 1stAG1 Amy Sexton, Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Class Amy Sexton, CJTF-HOA.Africa, provides sensor set-up, familiarity andmaintenance training to Mr. Stephen Seleman, The trip’s objectives included building a rapport with theIntelligence College project manager, Tanzanian People’s TPDF, successfully installing the sensor and securing anDefense Force (TPDF). U.S. Navy photo by Cmdr invitation back to provide further training.Douglas Wahl To install the Davis Vantage Pro2® environmental sensor onthe roof of the Intelligence College, the team had to build a mount using material and tools readily available on-site. In the end, the METOC-TPDF team was able to construct a solid mount using scrap 2x4s and a piece offence pipe.“We knew we had met our objectives when the TPDF invite us back to provide METOC training and asked ifwe could install sensors in other locations,” said Sexton.Sailors Run in the MudBy Aerographers Mate 2nd Class John BullingtonNaval Oceanography Antisubmarine Warfare CenterYokosuka (NOAC) members took part in the Pets AreWorth Saving (PAWS) Muddy Buddy Run to help raisemoney and increase awareness, April 21.The PAWS Muddy Buddy Run consisted of a three mileobstacle course through the camp ground at the IkegoHousing Detachment. Naval Oceanography Antisubmarine Warfare Center Yokosuka (NOAC) team members after running the Pets Are Worth“It was fun to get a chance to get dirty with the Saving (PAWS) Muddy Buddy. Back row: (left to right) AGAArest of the command members,” said Harold Henderson, AG3 Seth Keown, AG3 Bailey Lutz, AG3Aeorgrapher’s Mate Airman Apprentice Andrew Bishop, Lt. Christopher Bade, AG1 Steve Steinbeck,Harold Henderson, NOAC Yokosuka. “I haven’t AG3 Brandon Vitense and AGC Lakisha Tate. Front Row: (lefteven been here a month and this made me feel to right) Ms. Zierra Harlan, AGC Moises Calambas, AG3even more welcome!” Josh Novak, AG2 Juan Arredondo, Mrs. Cheryl Bade, Lt. j.g. Ka Xiong (holding Zoe Arredondo) and Lt. j.g. Brittany Gonzales. US Navy photo by Juanita Arredondo.
VisitorsRear Adm. Jonathan White, commander ofthe Naval Meteorology and OceanographyCommand, addresses a group of Mississippilegislators at the Naval OceanographicOffice during a tour of Stennis SpaceCenter, Miss. The legislators toured theStennis-based Naval oceanography facilitiesduring the day-long tour. U.S. Navy photoby George LammonsSocial 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: email@example.com