Participation in the Shenzhou mission far exceeded my expectations. Even the crew members who did not participate and were following along enjoyed it. I do wish that the platform we used allowed more people to be included in Command chatrooms without the ability to talk, just so they could follow along. Many of the conversations we had would have been made from the bridge of the ship and the crew would have been kept in the loop without the plethora of screenshots.
I was surprised at how much I enjoyed being in the center seat of the Narragansett. I did not think that the command branch was for me, but perhaps someday I will consider changing branches from Services. In the meantime, I will do my best to serve the ship from the Operations seat. I am very proud of the crew members who served with me on the Narragansett, and of my Commanding Officers’ performance during the mission, as evidenced by my long list of recommendations for commendations.
I am very happy with LTJG Bender’s transition to the position of Chief Engineer. She has proven to be quite adept at the Engineering coursework at SFA and I expect her to have her BOCP certificate very shortly. She is also well on her way to recognition by the academy for outstanding coursework.
CMN Feldman has made good progress on the Narragansett newsletter. She provided me with a mock-up of the design (attached) and I am happy with the layout. She has requested a piece from FCPT Knotts for the first edition’s Captain’s Corner, in which she would like him to speak to our mission and his vision for the future of the Narragansett and the Fleet. With her level commitment to the ship, she will be a rising star on the Narragansett. Should this newsletter be successful, a Fleet newsletter may be in order also, perhaps published twice a year.
LTJG Anzaldi has made improvements in her communication. She has already reached out to me about her report and I expect it soon. This bodes well for the future.
I have designed a flyer (attached). I would like approval to post it in the EWG Library and other locations as applicable, or alternatively, I would like someone to design one for this purpose.
Proudly in Service,
CMDR J. Taylor
Senior Services Division Chief
Chief Operations Officer