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November 23, 2011

BM3 Milian and MK3 Ford receiving their Sea Service Ribbons.
BM3 Milian and MK3 Ford receiving their Sea Service Ribbons.

Exciting week!  Throughout the week we congratulated several crewmembers for professional achievements and promotions.  We congratulated BM3 Milian and MK3 Ford for earning their one year Cumulative Sea Service Ribbon, MST3 Adams for earning her first Good Conduct Award, and ENS Weston, ENS McNair, ENS Steckle, ENS Hohnstadt, and ENS Johnston, on their promotion to Lieutenant Junior Grade.  

On Saturday, we reached the most northern science station of the mission. While operating in the Beaufort Sea we saw our final sunrise on Thursday afternoon as the sun barely breached the horizon and set again.  We are currently conducting operations in the Chukchi Sea before heading toward our final science stations of the mission in the Bering Sea. 

(left to right) ENS Hohnstadt, ENS Weston, ENS Johnston, ENS McNair, and ENS Steckle promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade at Quarters.
(left to right) ENS Hohnstadt, ENS Weston, ENS Johnston, ENS McNair, and ENS Steckle promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade at Quarters.

Thus far we have completed thirty-three science stations, consisting of 34 water column (CTD) casts, 31 Video Plankton Recorder (VPR) casts, 15 Bongo net casts, 13 Ring net casts, 1 Multi-net cast, and deployed one subsurface mooring.  The scientists are working to confirm the theory of copepod hibernation under ice by analyzing the fat content and storage of the microorganisms on the shallow continental shelves in the Chukchi and Bering Seas. 

Also over the weekend a group of Hispanic heritage crewmembers prepared three hundred hand made tamales from scratch.  The collaborative effort was inspired by CWO Placido’s family tradition during the holidays and infused with various family recipes of participating crewmembers.  The preparation began with roasting fresh peppers on the Wednesday prior, and continued through Saturday evening.  The tamale meal was complimented with a chile relleno casserole, sopapillas, and flan for dessert!

Scientists study this copepod while in hibernation.
Scientists study this copepod while in hibernation.
(Left to Right) BMC Titilah, FS1 Carter, DC1 Orozco, and CWO Placido prepare Tamales for morale night!
(Left to Right) BMC Titilah, FS1 Carter, DC1 Orozco, and CWO Placido prepare Tamales for morale night!
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