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Lomnicky Receives NOAA Corps Medal

Jim Coe and Lt. Jay Lomnicky
AFSC Deputy Director Jim Coe (left) presents Lt. Jay Lomnicky with the NOAA Corps Achievement Medal.

Lt. Jay Lomnicky, Benthic Mapping Specialist assigned to the Groundfish Program’s Habitat Research group, has been awarded the NOAA Corps Achievement Medal. The award recognizes professional or leadership achievement based on sustained performance or specific achievement of a superlative nature.

Lomnicky was recognized for his “sustained and extraordinary contributions to the success of integrated fisheries research and hydrographic surveying by NOAA in the eastern Bering Sea.”

Lomnicky’s shore billet is in direct support of NOAA’s Matrix Management Initiative and involves coordinated efforts between NOAA Fisheries Service and the Office of Coast Survey. His “cross-over” position is shared by the Office of Coast Survey (OCS), Pacific Hydrographic Branch (PHB) and the AFSC.

While assigned to PHB, he has assisted in the support of ongoing hydrographic data acquisition and processing efforts. While working for the AFSC, Lomnicky participated in AFSC-directed fisheries research, most notably the FISHPAC project in the eastern Bering Sea. Technical accomplishments, including management of a new towed underwater video system (TACOS), contributed significantly to the success of the multi-mission FISHPAC cruise on NOAA ship Fairweather.

His continuing leadership has fostered productive interactions between the hydrographic and fisheries components of NOAA, thereby advancing strategic goals for integrated ocean mapping.

By Bob McConnaughey

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