WHEREAS, in 1867, George Davidson and the Revenue Cutter Lincoln began United States Coast survey work to provide a special examination and report upon the geography and resources of Alaska, which influenced the passage of the bill appropriating the money to secure the Territory of Alaska for the United States; and
WHEREAS, with the coming of World War I, E. Lester Jones, Director of the Coast and Geodetic Survey (USC&GS), orchestrated the congressional law that converted Survey field personnel to commissioned status and provided for their transfer into the armed services at ranks requisite with their skills and abilities; and
WHEREAS, from 1928 until World War II, the USC&GS ships Discoverer and Pioneer worked almost exclusively in Alaskan waters and were instrumental in the surveys of the Alaska Peninsula and Aleutian Islands, particularly as commerce and aviation increased and the national defense needs became critical with the threat of war with Japan; and
WHEREAS, the USC&GS later became known as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Corps, which have now provided continuous service to Alaska for 100 years, expanding its survey and science mission as new technologies and capabilities have emerged; and
WHEREAS, each year, NOAA ships and aircraft commanded and operated by NOAA Corps officers call upon Alaska ports and airports, continuing the science and survey mission started 150 years ago.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Bill Walker, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF ALASKA, do hereby proclaim May 22, 2017, as:
150th Anniversary of the Survey of Alaska
100th Anniversary of the Commissioning of the officers of the
U.S. Coast Survey and NOAA Corps
in Alaska, and encourage all Alaskans to celebrate the historic and ongoing contributions of the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps over the past 100 years.