Director's Message:

While walking around the Tidal Basin last week, I took advantage of touring the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Rotunda and saw this quoted inscription on the Southeast Portico:

"I am not an advocate for frequent changes in laws and constitutions, but laws and constitutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths discovered and manners and opinions change, with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times. We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy as a civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors."

I was inspired with how relevant to our times this message from our founder is, as NOAA, OMAO and CPC are taking a closer look at our organization's mission, goals and direction. As we approach the peak of this field season, let us also take stock in the discoveries we have made in our NOAA careers and at the opportunities we have to make new ones. Let us aspire to the ideals of Jefferson and make this the best organization for today and tomorrow.

CAPT Lawrence T. Krepp, NOAA
Director, CPC

On the Horizon

05 Aug 2014 BOTC 124 INDOC

Approved Resignations, Separations and Retirements

LT Kyle W. Ryan
15 July 2014
LT Paul M. Chamberlain
01 August 2014
LTJG Carmen M. Alex
01 August 2014
CAPT Jon D. Swallow
01 August 2014
ENS Katherine L.Doster
01 August 2014

Upcoming Refresher Training, REFTRA

If you are an officer scheduled to rotate to a sea assignment prior to April 2015 and have not attended recent Refresher Training (REFTRA), expect to attend the next REFTRA from October 19 - November 8, 2014. REFTRA will be held at the NOAA Corps Officer Training Center on the U.S. Coast Guard Academy campus in New London, CT. Official notification will be issued within the next several months. This communication serves to provide benefit for early planning of anticipated dates.