With the shift of administrative responsibility for the PCs from USSOCOM to SURFLANT, the ships will continue to operate in Operation Noble Eagle under the tactical control of the Coast Guard Atlantic Area command, but will now fall under the operational control of the U.S.
The ships will report to SURFLANT on administrative issues through their immediate superior in command, Commander, Amphibious Group 2 RADM Michael P.
"SURFLANT ships were among the first to respond to the call for homeland defense on Sept.
CS3(SW) Magdalena Castenada Galley Watch Captain USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41) 2008 SURFLANT Blue Jacket of the Year CS3 Meloiza Worsley Records Keeper/Training Petty Officer Assault Craft Unit TWO
SURFLANT 2008 Sailor of the Year CS1(SW/AW) Yates, MCFE, CHM, CPFM Leading Culinary Specialist USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44)
2008 SURFLANT Petty Officer of the Year CS3 Gregory Ryan S-2 Division Records Keeper/Cook on Watch USS Mahan (DDG 72)
What is remarkable is that the division, with the assistance of SURFLANT and the Navy Food Management Team (NFMT), so adeptly handled this offload that less than one percent of inventory required survey.
The job was expeditiously completed with the assistance of civilian contractors and SURFLANT and AIRLANT military personnel (CDR Greg Hajzak) and civilian contractors (Will Walker, Dan Samuelson, Dionne Decker).
Much of the financial planning (with SURFLANT Comptroller CDR Jere Anderson and Luis Robayo) involved predicting the ship's needs in advance of knowing what the requirements would actually be.
Shellie Underwood, SURFLANT
's Web administrator, took the requirements from the Secretary of the Navy and created the Ship's Family Web site program, helping to improve the quality of life for Sailors and their families.