Loomis and Balocki traveled to Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay in Kings Bay, Georgia, where they observed base facilities recently impacted by tornadoes from Hurricane Elsa, and installation resiliency efforts to restore the facilities to full operational status. Clean up and recovery efforts were underway, with the storm damage and impacts to the mission still evident.
During their visit, Loomis and Balocki met with Rear Adm. John Spencer, Commander, Submarine Group Ten, base commanding officer Capt. Chester Parks, Capt. Edward Robledo, commanding officer of Trident Refit Facility, and Capt. Miguel Dieguez, public works officer. They toured the Trident Refit Facility to observe ongoing infrastructure projects and dry dock facilities.
Following their visit to NSB Kings Bay, Loomis and Balocki traveled to Naval Air Station Key West, Florida. They met with Capt. Mark Sohaney, commanding officer NAS Key West and base leadership as they evaluated the conditions of the Installation, which was impacted in 2017 By Hurricane Irma. During the visit, Loomis and Balocki toured sites affected by the hurricane as well as several family housings sites to assess recovery progress.
Loomis was appointed for the role as Senior Advisor to the Secretary of the Navy and sworn in on Monday, August 2, and in her capacity will advise the Secretary of the Navy on climate change.
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