MANAMA, Bahrain (NNS) -- In one of the Navy's most time-honored ceremonies, Naval Central Meteorology and Oceanography Center (NAVCENTMETOCCEN), Bahrain, held its change of command recently at Commander U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/Commander 5th Fleet's (COMUSNAVCENT/COMFIFTHFLT) conference center.
Cdr. Jessie C. Carman relieved Cdr. Stephanie W. Hamilton as commanding officer of COMUSNAVCENT/COMFIFTHFLT's weather forecasting center. Hamilton is leaving Bahrain to take her next assignment at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency at Fort. Belvoir, Va.
Hamilton's tour in Bahrain spanned Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. During her command, the weather center provided support for joint and coalition forces. She directed weather support for 10 Carrier Strike Groups, 10 Expeditionary Ready Groups and over 240 U.S. Navy and coalition nation ships.
Under her leadership, the center produced the first Joint Operational Area Forecast for combat operations in the Global War on Terrorism. Meanwhile, the command's work area doubled in size and saw a 25 percent increase in manning.
"We have provided some of the most important support in our community," said Hamilton in her farewell address to the center's team of weather forecasting specialists.
"We are on the front, and you have done a fantastic job. You have done more than any other center in the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography command. Each of you have a lot to be proud of."
Carman takes command of NAVCENTMETOCCEN after serving at COMUSNAVCENT/COMFIFTHFLT as staff meteorologist and oceanographer for the past year.
Carman received her Bachelor of Arts in Physics from Harvard University in 1982, and was commissioned a Restricted Line Officer (Geophysics) from Officer Candidate School, Newport, R.I., in November of 1982.
Carman's first tour of duty was as Operations Officer for Oceanographic Unit 4, embarked aboard USNS Chauvenet (TAGS-29), where she conducted shallow water hydrographic surveys in Indonesia for 15 months.
In 1984 Carman reported to Naval Eastern Oceanography Center, Norfolk, Va., where she worked as Forecast Duty Officer and Command Duty Officer, and was responsible for the weather-related safety of Navy, Coast Guard, DoD charter, and NATO ships in the North Atlantic.
Carman then attended Harvard University under the Secretary of the Navy Graduate Fellowship in Oceanography, earning a Master's degree in 1988 and a Ph.D. in 1991 in Applied Physics (oceanography and underwater acoustics). Following her fellowship, she served as Officer in Charge of Naval Oceanography Command Detachment, Misawa, Japan, supporting the P-3 Orion community. In 1993, Carman transferred to Submarine Development Squadron 12 as staff oceanographer in the tactical analysis group.
From 1996 to 1999, Carman served as an Operations Department division officer for the commissioning crew of USS Bataan (LHD 5), earning her surface warfare qualification.
Carman worked at Fleet Numerical Meteorology and Oceanography Center as Models and Data Department Head until 2002, when she transferred to COMUSNAVCENT.
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