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Fair winds and following seas

Updated: Sep 13, 2022

Bon Voyage Bill Vinyard

It is with great fondness and respect we say farewell and congratulations to an amazing CANA team member. Bill Vinyard, a Principal Operations Research Analyst with CANA Advisors since 2014, is retiring.

Bill has been with CANA for just over four years after a career that spanned 32 years with the Federal government and included 25 years on active military duty with the Marine Corps. Bill joined CANA in June of 2014, and after initially supporting research for a prepositioning exercise cost estimation model, Bill became the lead operations research analyst on the USMC Enterprise Ground Equipment Management Group (EGEM) program - supporting the USMC EGEM Fusion Center. Bill’s data expertise, in-depth knowledge of USMC logistics, and operations analysis talent that he applied in support of the EGEM program required him to use this full "tool set" that he developed and honed over his career. Bill’s persistent efforts, hard work, and press to consistently provide quality answers using the best data and quantitative analysis continued to bolster his already stellar reputation as the "go to” analyst within the USMC logistics community. Bill’s passion to use the myriad data sources available to the USMC, to use the right data for the analysis problem, and high attention to developing robust analysis led to many cases where new information was provided to all levels of the USMC community including the Commandant of the Marine Corps and the Marine Requirements Oversight Council (three-star level board).

Bill and his wife of over thirty years will be busy keeping track of their growing tribe throughout their retirement - their extended family of children and grandchildren. Further, true to his OR roots, Bill plans to focus on developing open source operations research methods-based tools for analysts to use within different operating environments.

Bill has had an amazing career. His passion for data, analytics, the Marine Corps, and doing analysis the right way has been the hallmark of his career. We have been truly blessed having Bill as part of our CANA Team, and we know that we will stay connected with Bill both professionally and personally throughout his retirement years.

We wish Bill and his wife “fair winds and following seas.”

~ Team CANA


Sea Fever


I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky, And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by; And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking, And a grey mist on the sea’s face, and a grey dawn breaking.

I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied; And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying, And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.

I must go down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life, To the gull’s way and the whale’s way where the wind’s like a whetted knife; And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover, And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick’s over.

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