News for 2008

December 16, 2008

 

We are proud to announce that we have started the process leading to ISO 9001:2008 registration and have selected BSI Management Systems of Reston, VA as our registrar.

 

December 16, 2008

 

Mr. Schue was elected as an Associate Fellow of the Royal Institute of Navigation (AFRIN).

 

November 18, 2008

 

We are pleased to announce the launching of our new corporate website. This complete redesign reflects our focus on four major business areas: Engineering Solutions, IT Solutions, Diversified Professional Services, and Specialized Products. The site features a new streamlined, state-of-the-art flash navigation system as well as a flash movie telling our corporate story. Stay tuned for updates to the movie so you can "Follow the Stars!"

 

November 17, 2008

 

Mayor Alan Krasnoff and Councilman Dr. Richard West helped formally open our new office in Chesapeake, VA on November 17, 2008. Guests enjoyed a guided tour of our new 24,000 square-foot light-industrial, office, and warehouse facility culminating in a luxurious spread of food and drinks catered by Creative Catering of Virginia. Our new office, located at 616 Innovation Drive, provides a more attractive environment for our employees and our customers, and includes additional space for our growing company.

 

October 30, 2008

 

Mr. Schue presented a paper entitled “The Next Generation LF Transmitter and its impact on Loran, eLoran, and Tactical (e)Loran Systems” at the NAV08/ILA37 conference at Church House in London. The event was hosted by the Royal Institute of Navigation, in cooperation with the International Loran Association, the German Institute of Navigation, the Institute of Engineering and Technology, the Nautical Institute, and the Netherlands Institute of Navigation.

 

October 17, 2008

 

Matthew Merchant received an award in recognition of his performance as a member of the Information Resources Management (IRM) staff at the U.S. Coast Guard Aviation Training Center (ATC) Mobile, Alabama. As a member of the IRM staff, you are responsible for assisting ATC personnel troubleshoot and resolve IT-related issues. “Trouble tickets” are often submitted by personnel who are frustrated because the issue is preventing them from completing work and meeting deadlines. Your ability to quickly gather pertinent information and efficiently conduct troubleshooting while working in a professional and courteous manner are hallmarks of your profession as an IT support engineer. In March 2008, you demonstrated your exceptional abilities when you quickly resolved two trouble tickets for an ATC instructor. The trouble tickets involved both software and hardware issues and according to Mr. Brian Hudson, you fixed the issues “within minutes.” While you were resolving the trouble tickets, Mr. Hudson mentioned several other problems he was having and you “fixed these issues on-the-spot!” Mr. Hudson stated your “expertise and customer service is greatly appreciated.” Your personal dedication, attention to detail, and uncompromising work ethic reflect favorably on UrsaNav, the Coast Guard, and our Nation. Most importantly, you have contributed to the team environment and shown the spirit of cooperation essential to the success of any endeavor. Well done!

 

October 16, 2008

 

Eddie Schmidtmann received a Letter of Commendation from the Board of Directors. We are especially pleased to commend him for your extraordinary dedication and assistance supporting the IT Solutions and Business Operations (IT Infrastructure) Divisions while simultaneously assigned to U.S. Coast Guard Maintenance and Logistics Command Atlantic tasking. His contributions clearly exceeded your normal duties as a Systems Analyst. Your outstanding technical skills and willingness to work outside of your normal tasking and hours, while continuing to provide superior support to our government, commercial, and internal IT customers, provided a smooth transition during an explosive period of corporate growth. For several weeks, Eddie worked after-hours assisting with our corporate branding, providing graphic design expertise to critical engineering and IT projects, and maintaining seven web applications and commercial websites, all while successfully completing your daytime job requirements. His unwavering devotion to internal and external customers, commitment to doing the right things right, and sacrifice of personal time in support of company operations, all while maintaining a positive and professional attitude, was truly exceptional. Eddie’s actions directly reflect our corporate Mission, Vision, and Values, and your stellar performance exemplifies the personal leadership envisioned by our company motto: Follow the Stars!

 

October 9, 2008

 

Mike Manass received an award in recognition of his outstanding professionalism in supporting the U.S. Coast Guard Maintenance and Logistics Command Atlantic (MLCA). As part of the web development team, you helped to successfully migrate MLCA sponsored web content into a U.S. Coast Guard approved Internet template within an extremely short deadline, including coordinating approval of the changes with the Operations Systems Center. The web development team produced an Internet/Intranet enabled set of applications for the Atlantic Area Change of Command. The applications have been demonstrated to, and praised at, the flag level. Commander Dean Dardis, the Electronic Systems Branch Chief, stated that, "… worked diligently and with expertise to complete an application that supported the Atlantic Area change of command and garnered praise for the entire MLCA T Division staff." Your personal dedication, attention to detail, and uncompromising work ethic reflect favorably on UrsaNav, the Coast Guard, and our Nation. Most importantly, you have contributed to the team environment and shown the spirit of cooperation essential to the success of any endeavor. Well done!

 

October 9, 2008

 

Eddie Schmidtmann received an award in recognition of his outstanding professionalism in supporting the U.S. Coast Guard Maintenance and Logistics Command Atlantic (MLCA). As part of the web development team, you helped to successfully migrate MLC LANT sponsored web content into a U.S. Coast Guard approved Internet template within an extremely short deadline and obtained approval of the changes from OSC Martinsburg. The web development team produced an Internet/Intranet enabled set of applications for the Atlantic Area Change of Command that has been demonstrated and praised at the flag level. Commander Dean Dardis, the Electronic Systems Branch Chief stated that, "you worked diligently and with expertise to complete an application that supported the Atlantic Area Change of Command and garnered praise for the entire MLCA T Division staff." Your personal dedication, attention to detail, and uncompromising work ethic reflect favorably on UrsaNav, the Coast Guard, and our Nation. Most importantly, you have contributed to the team environment and shown the spirit of cooperation essential to the success of any endeavor. Well done!

 

October 9, 2008

 

Wayne Smith received an award in recognition of his outstanding professionalism in supporting the U.S. Coast Guard Maintenance and Logistics Command Atlantic (MLCA). As part of the web development team, you helped to successfully migrate MLC LANT sponsored web content into a U.S. Coast Guard approved Internet template within an extremely short deadline and obtained approval of the changes from OSC Martinsburg. The web development team produced an Internet/Intranet enabled set of applications for the Atlantic Area Change of Command that has been demonstrated and praised at the flag level. Commander Dean Dardis, the Electronic Systems Branch Chief stated that, "you worked diligently and with expertise to complete an application that supported the Atlantic Area Change of Command and garnered praise for the entire MLCA T Division staff." Your personal dedication, attention to detail, and uncompromising work ethic reflect favorably on UrsaNav, the Coast Guard, and our Nation. Most importantly, you have contributed to the team environment and shown the spirit of cooperation essential to the success of any endeavor. Well done!

 

October 9, 2008

 

Robert Eastland received an award in recognition of his outstanding professionalism in supporting the U.S. Coast Guard Maintenance and Logistics Command Atlantic (MLCA). As part of the web development team, you helped to successfully migrate MLCA sponsored web content into a U.S. Coast Guard approved Internet template within an extremely short deadline, including coordinating approval of the changes with the Operations Systems Center. The web development team produced an Internet/Intranet enabled set of applications for the Atlantic Area Change of Command. The applications have been demonstrated to, and praised at, the flag level. Commander Dean Dardis, the Electronic Systems Branch Chief, stated that, "… worked diligently and with expertise to complete an application that supported the Atlantic Area change of command and garnered praise for the entire MLCA T Division staff." Your personal dedication, attention to detail, and uncompromising work ethic reflect favorably on UrsaNav, the Coast Guard, and our Nation. Most importantly, you have contributed to the team environment and shown the spirit of cooperation essential to the success of any endeavor. Well done!

 

October 9, 2008

 

Jeffrey Forbes received an award in recognition of his outstanding professionalism in supporting the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Maintenance and Logistics Command Atlantic (MLCA). As technical leader of the web development team, you helped to successfully migrate MLCA sponsored web content into a USCG approved Internet template within an extremely short deadline, including coordinating approval of the changes with the Operations Systems Center. The web team produced an Internet/Intranet enabled set of applications for the Atlantic Area Change of Command. The applications garnered praise for the entire MLCA T Division staff, and have been demonstrated to, and praised at, the flag level. You expertly managed the development of configuration management requirements, software development tools, and web team policies, thereby ensuring exceptional performance. Commander Dean Dardis, the Electronic Systems Branch Chief, stated that, "… ability to interact and coordinate communications and work efforts between the web team staff and the web team’s U.S. Coast Guard customers reflects favorably upon the team as a whole." Your personal dedication, attention to detail, and uncompromising work ethic reflect favorably on UrsaNav, the Coast Guard, and our Nation. Most importantly, you have contributed to the team environment and shown the spirit of cooperation essential to the success of any endeavor. Well done!

 

October 6, 2008

 

Pat Grandelli received an award in recognition of his outstanding professionalism in supporting the U.S. Coast Guard Command and Control Engineering Center Electronic Navigation Branch. When you learned that MapTech would no longer be able to honor its contract obligations for distributing electronic chart data to hundreds of Coast Guard cutters, you immediately developed contingencies to keep the fleet in compliance for paperless navigation. You also helped negotiate a memorandum of understanding between the U.S. Coast Guard and the Canadian Hydrographic Service that permits direct purchase of Canadian chart data without having to go through a reseller. Mr. Mike Parsons, the C2CEN Electronic Navigation System’s Engineer stated that, “It's been a very challenging period for us with the demise of MapTech and the hundreds of issues that has presented us with. Pat has been doing a magnificent job, thank you!” Your personal dedication, attention to detail, and uncompromising work ethic reflect favorably on UrsaNav, the Coast Guard, and our Nation. Most importantly, you have contributed to the team environment and shown the spirit of cooperation essential to the success of any endeavor. Well done!

 

September 18, 2008

 

Bill Woodward presented a paper that he co-authored with Rich Webb entitled “Integrating Monolithic Ring Laser Gyros with Legacy Shipboard Navigation and Weapons Systems to Improve Inertial Navigation System Performance” in the Marine Applications session of the ION GNSS 2008 Technical Meeting in Savannah, GA.

 

September 15, 2008

 

Mark Hinkle received an award in recognition of his performance as part of the Sector Command Center Joint (SCC-J) Requirements Working Group. As a representative of UrsaNav, you were an integral part of a team that successfully distilled volumes of unclear, inaccurate, self-contradictory, or incomplete operational concepts into statements that identified necessary attributes, capabilities, characteristics, and quality requirements that add value and utility to the development team. Our customer, Ted White stated that “you have been doing outstanding work.” He was impressed that you were able to tackle a complex subject, interact closely with the U.S. Navy and their contractors and produce a final product that was clear, concise, and dead on the money! Your personal dedication, attention to detail, and uncompromising professionalism reflect favorably on UrsaNav. Most importantly, you contributed to the team environment and spirit of cooperation essential to the success of any endeavor. Well done!

 

September 15, 2008

 

Anthony Gracia received an award in recognition of his outstanding professionalism in support of USCGC AXE (WLIC-75310). During the week of August 11, 2008, you were a member of a team installing a new Furuno depth sounder and Radar display. Senior Chief Boatswains Mate Justice, Officer in Charge of CGC AXE stated that, “While on board, Mr. Tim Waldie and Mr. Tony Gracia did an outstanding job and were a pleasure to work with. They worked late every evening and when told we would be getting underway for a test run, never balked. When the depth sounder did not work to their liking, they quickly trouble-shot and found the problem not to be with the depth sounder or their work, but with the connections of the transducer. They quickly corrected the problem and now I have the clearest picture I’ve ever had; it’s almost a little scary! Please pass on my thanks to Tim and Tony.” Your personal dedication, attention to detail, and uncompromising craftsmanship reflect favorably on UrsaNav, the Coast Guard, and our Nation. Most importantly, you contributed to the team environment and the spirit of cooperation essential to the success of any endeavor. Well done!

 

September 15, 2008

 

Tim Waldie received an award in recognition of his outstanding professionalism in support of USCGC AXE (WLIC-75310). During the week of August 11, 2008, you were a member of a team installing a new Furuno depth sounder and Radar display. Senior Chief Boatswains Mate Justice, Officer in Charge of CGC AXE stated that, “While on board, Mr. Tim Waldie and Mr. Tony Gracia did an outstanding job and were a pleasure to work with. They worked late every evening and when told we would be getting underway for a test run, never balked. When the depth sounder did not work to their liking, they quickly trouble-shot and found the problem not to be with the depth sounder or their work, but with the connections of the transducer. They quickly corrected the problem and now I have the clearest picture I’ve ever had; it’s almost a little scary! Please pass on my thanks to Tim and Tony.” Your personal dedication, attention to detail, and uncompromising craftsmanship reflect favorably on UrsaNav, the Coast Guard, and our Nation. Most importantly, you contributed to the team environment and the spirit of cooperation essential to the success of any endeavor. Well done!

 

July 9, 2008

 

Shane Roy received an award in recognition of his performance in the installation of Furuno FR2827 and FR2837S Radars on Military Sealift Command (MSC) Vessels USNS FISHER, PILILAAU, and BENAVIDEZ. From May 18 to July 2, 2008, you were an integral part of an UrsaNav installation team that completed three back-to-back installations in less than seven weeks, two weeks earlier than originally scheduled. When asked by MSC if one of the radars on the final installation could be completed in six days because of the oncoming hurricane season, your team responded by completing not only the first radar in six days, but both radars in eight days. Mr. Chris Nette, Vice President of Marine Operations, American Overseas Marine, stated “MSC is very impressed with your team’s performance and we look forward to doing more business with your company in the future”. Your personal dedication, attention to detail, and uncompromising craftsmanship reflect favorably on UrsaNav. Most importantly, you contributed to the team environment and spirit of cooperation essential to the success of any endeavor.

 

July 9, 2008

 

Terrance Taylor received an award in recognition of his performance in the installation of Furuno FR2827 and FR2837S Radars on Military Sealift Command (MSC) Vessels USNS FISHER, PILILAAU, and BENAVIDEZ. From May 18 to July 2, 2008, you were an integral part of an UrsaNav installation team that completed three back-to-back installations in less than seven weeks, two weeks earlier than originally scheduled. When asked by MSC if one of the radars on the final installation could be completed in six days because of the oncoming hurricane season, your team responded by completing not only the first radar in six days, but both radars in eight days. Mr. Chris Nette, Vice President of Marine Operations, American Overseas Marine, stated “MSC is very impressed with your team’s performance and we look forward to doing more business with your company in the future”. Your personal dedication, attention to detail, and uncompromising craftsmanship reflect favorably on UrsaNav. Most importantly, you contributed to the team environment and spirit of cooperation essential to the success of any endeavor.

 

July 9, 2008

 

Steve McKinley received an award in recognition of his performance as a member of the Information Resources Management (IRM) staff at the U.S. Coast Guard Aviation Training Center (ATC) Mobile, Alabama. As a member of the IRM staff, you serve as the on-site representative for the Coast Guard Telecommunications and Information Systems Command (TISCOM) and are responsible for providing IT-related support. As part of your duties, you support the ATC Information Systems Security Officer (ISSO) and help ensure the integrity of the classified (SIPRNet) and unclassified networks. In April 2008, you notified the ISSO of a potential “spill” involving suspected classified information that was sent to the Coast Guard over the unclassified network. Although TISCOM personnel determined the information exchanged did not meet the threshold for a security incident, the Coast Guard ISSO praised ATC’s “due diligence” nonetheless. In response, the ATC ISSO, Ms. Elizabeth Ross, praised your work efforts saying “I have an excellent contractor here, Matt Merchant, who originally brought that to my attention…He is always watching ATC’s back and I’m glad he is onboard with us.” Your personal dedication, attention to detail, and uncompromising work ethic reflect favorably on UrsaNav, the Coast Guard, and our Nation. Most importantly, you have contributed to the team environment and shown the spirit of cooperation essential to the success of any endeavor. Well done!

 

July 9, 2008

 

Mike O’Pezio received an award in recognition of his performance in the installation of Furuno FR2827 and FR2837S Radars on Military Sealift Command (MSC) Vessels USNS FISHER, PILILAAU, and BENAVIDEZ. From May 18 to July 2, 2008, you were an integral part of an UrsaNav installation team that completed three back-to-back installations in less than seven weeks, two weeks earlier than originally scheduled. When asked by MSC if one of the radars on the final installation could be completed in six days because of the oncoming hurricane season, your team responded by completing not only the first radar in six days, but both radars in eight days. Mr. Chris Nette, Vice President of Marine Operations, American Overseas Marine, stated “MSC is very impressed with your team’s performance and we look forward to doing more business with your company in the future”. Your personal dedication, attention to detail, and uncompromising craftsmanship reflect favorably on UrsaNav. Most importantly, you contributed to the team environment and spirit of cooperation essential to the success of any endeavor.

 

July 1, 2008

 

Please come see us at our new corporate office at 616 Innovation Drive in Chesapeake. Our phone numbers remain the same.

 

June 10, 2008

 

The UN-100 Ursa Navigator GPS Gateway is featured in the May/June issue of "Inside GNSS" magazine. The article provides an overview of the UN-100, its installation onboard a mine hunter being prepared for the Hellenic Navy, and some design issues involved in shipboard electronics.

 

June 2, 2008

 

Trey Knox received an award for recognition of his outstanding professionalism, web development skills, training, and on-going support of the Coast Guard’s suite of Enterprise-wide budget tools. You were nominated for an Individual Award with the American Society of Military Comptrollers and won the Meritorious Award in the Contractor Support Category, Major Command Headquarters or Higher. We congratulate you on the award received at the ceremony in Orlando, FL May 30th. Your personal dedication, attention to detail, and uncompromising work ethic reflect favorably on UrsaNav, the Coast Guard, and our Nation. Most importantly, you have contributed to the team environment and shown the spirit of cooperation essential to the success of any endeavor. Well done!

 

May 23, 2008

 

Kutan Kanta received an award in recognition of his performance as a member of the Information Resources Management (IRM) staff at the U.S. Coast Guard Aviation Training Center (ATC) Mobile, Alabama. As a member of the IRM staff, you serve as the on-site representative for the Coast Guard Telecommunications and Information Systems Command (TISCOM) and are responsible for providing IT-related support. As part of your duties, you support the ATC Information Systems Security Officer (ISSO) and help ensure the integrity of the classified (SIPRNet) and unclassified networks. In April 2008, you notified the ISSO of a potential “spill” involving suspected classified information that was sent to the Coast Guard over the unclassified network. Although TISCOM personnel determined the information exchanged did not meet the threshold for a security incident, the Coast Guard ISSO praised ATC’s “due diligence” nonetheless. In response, the ATC ISSO, Ms. Elizabeth Ross, praised your work efforts saying “I have an excellent contractor here, Matt Merchant, who originally brought that to my attention…He is always watching ATC’s back and I’m glad he is onboard with us.” Your personal dedication, attention to detail, and uncompromising work ethic reflect favorably on UrsaNav, the Coast Guard, and our Nation. Most importantly, you have contributed to the team environment and shown the spirit of cooperation essential to the success of any endeavor. Well done!

 

May 21, 2008

 

Mr. Schue was elected as Chairman of the Washington, DC Section of the Institute of Navigation. He had previously served for seven years as the Section’s Treasurer.

 

May 15, 2008

 

Mr. & Mrs. Charles Schue are pictured with first place winners of the Elementary Poster Contest for the International Azalea Festival. UrsaNav partnered with the Azalea Festival and supported the educational outreach program with Norfolk Public Schools. The School Board of Norfolk Public Schools hosted a Recognition Ceremeony on May 14, 2008, at Rosemont Middle School, where the students were recognized for their art work.

 

May 15, 2008

 

We are pleased to announce a strategic alliance with Nautel, Inc. to provide industry-leading eLoran solutions.

 

April 25, 2008

 

Steve Schlossberg received an award in recognition of his outstanding professionalism, web development skills, dedication, and on-going support of the UrsaNav IT infrastructure and applications. You upgraded the UrsaNav server configuration to include a new email system, improved web security and support of the new DelTek Accounting software, thus moving the company to a more forward fitting and cutting-edge architecture. You designed, programmed and supported the UrsaNav Corporate Website and several other internal custom database applications. Your personal dedication, attention to detail, and technical acumen contribute to the team environment and the spirit of cooperation essential to the continuing success of our company.

 

April 25, 2008

 

Eddie Schmidtmann received an award in recognition of his outstanding professionalism, web development skills, dedication, and on-going support of the UrsaNav IT infrastructure and applications. You assisted with the upgrade of the UrsaNav email system, moving the company to a more forward fitting and cutting-edge architecture. You designed, programmed and supported the UrsaNav Corporate Website, Cable Installation System and several other internal custom database applications. In addition, you have been a key player in the development and growth of the commercial IT business development. Your personal dedication, attention to detail, and technical creativity contribute to the team environment and the spirit of cooperation essential to the continuing success of our company.

 

April 17, 2008

 

Robert Wagner received an award In recognition of his superior technical skills in providing the USCGC COCHITO CASREP support for their AN/SPS-73 Surface Search Radar System. In his email message, LT Shofner of the Command and Control Engineering Center expressed his appreciation for your “…professional assistance in helping the ESD Portsmouth support technicians collaboratively troubleshoot and correct the CGC Cochito’s AN/SPS-73 radar casualty.” Your personal dedication, technical knowledge and abilities greatly contribute to the Coast Guard’s ability to meet their operational mission. Most importantly, you contributed to the team environment and the spirit of cooperation essential to the success of the Coast Guard and UrsaNav.

 

March 12, 2008

 

Norfolk Public Elementary students recently participated in an art project to help promote Azalea Festival events in their schools. To engage local school children and encourage learning about our NATO partners, art work entries from local elementary schools were collected. The Art Work's theme is "Friendship between Nations." Artwork can also focus on symbolic representation of the Festival (azaleas) and the Most Honored Nation. In the case of the Netherlands: tulips, wooden shoes, and windmills. All 62 entries were judged by Mrs. Lori Schue, wife of Mr. Charles Schue, President of Ursa Navigation Solutions, Inc. Lori is an internationally recognized expert in children’s art education. She is the author of 14 art education books, and was the curriculum developer for Abrakadoodle, Inc. She is currently owner of the innovative art curriculum company Artlingz, Inc., providing fun, quality, standards-based art lessons and support materials to teachers and parents for the development of creative thought processes in our children. Top entries from each school will be awarded prizes. The winning art will be compiled for the layout of promotional posters for the Festival and will be included in the “Compass” which is the insert in the Sunday Newspaper. See all the art entries here. Norfolk's International Azalea Festival annually pays tribute to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). In addition to the poster contest, local elementary students take a journey through an Internet Scavenger Hunt and visit each of the 26 NATO nations to learn about our NATO Allies. Students who successfully complete the journey will receive prizes sponsored by UrsaNav. UrsaNav is proud to partner with the Azalea Festival and support the educational outreach at Norfolk Public Schools.

 

March 4, 2008

 

UrsaNav received an award from General Dynamics, American Overseas Marine Division, to install radar equipment aboard nine large, medium-speed, Roll-On/Roll-Off ships for the Military Sealift Command. UrsaNav will be supplying the latest generation of Furuno X & S Band High Seas Radars for this project. The work will be performed in the homeports of Corpus Christi, New Orleans, San Diego, Philadelphia, and Baltimore.

 

March 3, 2008

 

The U.S. Coast Guard Engineering Logistics Center has awarded Ursa Navigation Solutions a 5-year contract for the repair of AN/SPS-73(V) radar components.

 

March 3, 2008

 

The U.S. Coast Guard Engineering Logistics Center has awarded Ursa Navigation Solutions a 5-year contract for the repair of AN/SPS-73(V) radar components.

 

March 3, 2008

 

The U.S. Coast Guard Engineering Logistics Center has awarded Ursa Navigation Solutions a 5-year contract for the repair of Scaleable Integrated Navigational System (SINS) components.

 

February 28, 2008

 

Pat Grandelli received award recognition of his outstanding professionalism in supporting the U.S. Coast Guard Command and Control Engineering Center Electronic Navigation Branch. During the past few months you have played an integral part in the Electronic Chart Management Board standup. Your expert knowledge in the realm of electronic charting and your forward vision is helping the Coast Guard create a comprehensive Electronic Charting program. Mr. Mike Parsons, the C2CEN Electronic Navigation System Engineer stated that, “I continue to be extremely pleased with Pat's work. He's an absolute joy to have on the team and has already become the go-to-guy on more stuff than I can count on my fingers and toes combined. Absolutely excellent!” Your personal dedication, attention to detail, and uncompromising work ethic reflect favorably on UrsaNav, the Coast Guard, and our Nation. Most importantly, you have contributed to the team environment and shown the spirit of cooperation essential to the success of any endeavor. Well done!

 

January 22, 2008

 

Mike Manass received an award in recognition of his superior craftsmanship in developing the MLCA’s Learning Management System (MLMS), a web-enabled application designed to provide standalone, online learning assistance and management. According to Dr. Kathy Nash, the MLCA’s Training and Education Manager: “Mike’s system saved my staff and I hundreds of hours of manual input and registration for personnel wishing to take any class here at the MLC. We no longer have to worry about maintaining a spread sheet nor making changes for participants. Last year my staff and I tracked over 3 million hours of training for over 3,400 personnel.” In her letter of recognition, Dr. Nash pointed out that your helpfulness and quick response in repairing glitches in the system and your willingness to go the extra mile “…promotes Team Coast Guard’s Core Values.” Your personal dedication, preparation, and attention to detail reflect favorably on UrsaNav, the Coast Guard, and our Nation. Most importantly, you contributed to the team environment and the spirit of cooperation essential to the success of any endeavor.