Director's Message:

BOTC 124's Billet Night was celebrated this week. The class received their initial assignments to report to after successful completion of training. The list of assignments are as follows.

ENS Bissell to Junior Officer, NOAA Ship Rainier
ENS Cosentino to Junior Officer, NOAA Honolulu Port Office
ENS Debroisse to Junior Officer, NOAA Ship Fairweather
ENS Fifield to Junior Officer, NOAA Ship Fairweather
ENS Gallagher to Junior Officer, NOAA Ship Pisces
ENS Head to Junior Officer, NOAA Ship Thomas Jefferson
ENS Jacobs to Junior Officer, NOAA Ship Henry B. Bigelow
ENS Kaiser to Junior Officer, NOAA Ship Oscar Dyson
ENS Manougian to Junior Officer, NOAA Marine Operations Center - Pacific
ENS Mathes to Junior Officer, NOAA Ship Gordon Gunter
ENS McKay to Junior Officer, NOAA Ship Rainier
ENS Pickens to Junior Officer, NOAA Ship Nancy Foster
ENS Richwine to Junior Officer, NOAA Ship Fairweather
ENS Stephen to Junior Officer, NOAA Ship Hi'ialakai
ENS Yannutz to Junior Officer, NOAA Ship
Oregon II

CAPT Lawrence T. Krepp, NOAA
Director, CPC

On the Horizon

29 October 2014 Officer Assignment Board
07 November 2014 Uniform Awards Board
01-05 December 2014 Mid-Grade Leadership Week 1
05 December 2014 Uniform Awards Board
02-06 February 2015 Mid-Grade Leadership Week 2

Approved Resignations, Separations and Retirements

CAPT Todd C. Stiles 01 November 2014
LCDR Brent J. Pounds 01 November 2014
LT Christopher W. Daniels 30 November 2014
LTJG Leslie Z. Flowers 19 December 2014
LT Erik Norris 01 January 2015
ENS Abigail Kernan-Schloss 01 January 2015
CDR Jeffrey Hagan 01 January 2015
LT Michael Davidson 30 January 2015
LCDR Guinevere Lewis 31 January 2015

OPF Online: Importance of Updating Dependent Information

In a recent database search for the location of NOAA Corps officers and their dependents, a significant difference was found between the system's data and actual number of dependents co-located at duty stations with their sponsors.

Why is this important to keep up to date? There are two primary reasons CPC needs the information to be current. The first reason is accountability. In the event of an emergency (natural or manmade), NOAA is required to report on personnel in the incident's Area of Concern (AOC). CPC takes this accountability to the next level to ensure officer dependents are accounted for within the AOC. Additionally, if an evacuation is authorized/ordered, CPC will then issue travel orders for officers and their dependents. Ensuring the "Dependents' Address" is up-to-date will allow CPC to quickly issue the evacuation as they are developed according to the current "Dependents Address" associated with the AOC. Therefore, it is impairitive this information be current to avoid potential complications with evacuation related travel and the associated reimbursements.

The second reason is ensuring proper entitlements are addressed. CPC regularly reviews leave and earning statemtent information to ensure officers are properly documenting and receiving appropriate entitlements. CPC will cross reference the BAH/Dependency Data Form filed annually by officers claiming dependents with the"Dependents Address" for verification of benefits. It is the Officer's responsibility to update this information via OPF Online.

Organizational Awards Update

A final list of officers to receive an organizational Gold, Silver, or Bronze award has been completed. Notifications will be published in an upcoming CYBERFLASH. Packages for awards will go out to recipients soon thereafter.

From the Assignment Coordinator's Desk:

National Marine Sanctuaries Billet #7652: Marine Operations Coordinator, FBNMS, Pago Pago, AS. Billet 7652 is an O3 billet with the Fagatele Bay National Marine Sanctuaries, located in Pago Pago, American Samoa. The officer is responsible for managing the day-to-day operation of vessels and implementing field operations. This person will also serve as the liaison to the U.S. Coast Guard, NOAA Office of Law Enforcement, and other agencies with small boat operations. The billet description can be found on the CPC website under billet descriptions. This billet will become available in October 2015. After reviewing the billet description interested officers are encouraged to contact CDR Kretovic at for more information.