As simple as it sounds, being on the SNOOPIE team is not always so.
It can be pretty intense because SNOOPIE team is constantly on watch. We can be called away anytime."
-IS3 Kaitlyn Smiddy
"When they say, 'Away the SNOOPIE team!' we go up and figure out what the vessel is and what it's capable of. It's our job to say, 'hey, this is the vessel's country of origin' and we specify what type of vessel, see if there's any weapons topside, or people," said Smiddy.
While the Kearsarge SNOOPIE team hasn't worked together very long, they're motivated to become the best in the waterfront.
"As far as SNOOPIE team goes overall, we're green, but we're really proficient and really good at what we do overall," said Smiddy. "We're the best in the Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), if not the fleet, which we take a lot of pride in. Because we work our butts off to make sure we are producing immaculate products, and to make the best we can in all of our tasks."
"We make sure that we represent our ship very well to give us a good reputation," said Smiddy. "Even though we've only been doing SNOOPIE for a couple months we're motivated and excited to do it."
Her team sings high praises of their growing leader.
"She's really, really good at what she does," said Intelligence Specialist 3rd Class Devin Robertson, the assistant SNOOPIE team leader, from Lincoln, Nebraska. "She's done wonders with organizing who does what and picking out what they're good at. That really helps them to excel, and she's great at positive reinforcement. She really gives you the feeling of being a part of the team, and she's one of the few that you feel like you're encouraged to follow."