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NEWS | Aug. 17, 2022

Louisville native serves with U.S. Naval Oceanographic Office

By Rick Burke, Navy Office of Community Outreach

A Louisville, Kentucky, native serves with the Naval Oceanographic Office (NAVOCEANO) located at John C. Stennis Space Center in Hancock County, Mississippi.

Thomas Wissing is a 1999 St. Xavier High School graduate and 2003 graduate from the University of South Carolina with a degree in marine science. 

Today, Wissing is a civilian working for the U.S. Navy serving as the Oceanographer and Project Lead in the Special Projects Cell providing naval operators with the best METOC (Meteorological and Oceanographic) information they need to plan, execute, and succeed at their mission every single day.

NAVOCEANO, the largest subordinate command within the the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command (CNMOC), is responsible for providing oceanographic products and services to all elements of the Department of Defense.

From data collection through production and analysis, NAVOCEANO provides the warfighter the best available knowledge of the maritime battlespace. This includes tailored oceanographic, hydrographic, bathymetric, geophysical and acoustic products and services that aid in safe navigation and effective mission planning.

Wissing has co-chaired the 1st Global OCEANS conference, a joint virtual event between Singapore and the Gulf Coast. He is also being appointed to the GCOOS Board of Directors in Sept. 2022. 

Wissing, who has worked in the DoD for 19 years, has a Silver Seahorse Award serving nearly 800 days at sea during his career.

CNMOC directs and oversees more than 2,500 globally-distributed military and civilian personnel who collect, process and exploit environmental information to assist Fleet and Joint Commanders in all warfare areas to make better decisions, based on assured environmental information, faster than the adversary.
As Wissing and sailors continue to perform missions, they take pride in serving their country in the United States Navy. 
Commander, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command | 1100 Balch Blvd. | Stennis Space Center, Mississippi 39529