SPACE CENTER, Miss.
-- Four graduates of The University of Southern Mississippi's Hydrographic
Science Program were among those recently honored by the United
States Navy for outstanding performance in support of Operation
Iraqi Freedom during a recent hydrographic survey in Iraq.
Lt. Cmdr. Anthony
Gilless, Lt. Richard "Kitch" Kennedy Jr., and Giovanni
Morris, graduates of the Southern Miss class of 2003, and Glen Carson,
graduate of the Southern Miss class of 2002, recently joined other
volunteers from the U. S. Naval Oceanographic Office onboard the
USNS Henson to complete a detailed hydrographic survey of the Khawr
Abd Allah and Khawr Az Zubayr waterways and the ports Umm Qasr and
Az Zubayr in Iraq.
The team received
a "Bravo Zulu," or job well done, from Vice Admiral David
Nichols, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces, Central Command/Commander,
Fifth Fleet, saying that the Henson hydrographic survey crew set
a new standard of excellence for coastal survey operations while
responding to immediate fleet requirements.
question, the products derived from your superb effort will improve
our ability to safely conduct naval and humanitarian assistance
operations," Nichols said.
Capt. Philip Renaud, commanding officer of the U.S. Naval Oceanographic
Office, presented the survey team with on-the-spot awards.
has been striving for this recognition, and its validation sets
a new standard of excellence," Renaud said. "It is a clear
example of NAVOCEANO's efforts to improve relevancy and responsiveness."
of Southern Mississippi's hydrography program was designed to take
hydrographic education to a higher level," said David Dodd,
coordinator of the Hydrographic Science Program at Southern Miss.
"We're very proud of our graduates and the skills they can
now bring to bear in operational hydrography around the world."
ago, Southern Miss began an advanced degree program in hydrographic
science, the study of mapping the sea floor. Based at Stennis Space
Center in Hancock County, Miss., the first Southern Miss hydrographic
science class graduated in August 2000. The latest graduating class
in 2003 brought the total of Southern Miss students to graduate
with master of science degrees in hydrographic science to 45.