Upcoming Refresher Training (REFTRA) Preparation
The next Refresher Training (REFTRA) class will be held in March at the NOAA Corps Officer Training Center on the U.S. Coast Guard Academy campus in New London, CT. REFTRA will run from 09-27 March 2015. Officers listed below are slated to attend the March class. Official notification will be issued soon; this is a reminder to start planning. If you have any questions please contact CDR Zegowitz: firstname.lastname@example.org, 301-713-7748.
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End of Year Package - BAH/ Dependency Data Section
To clarify any confusion, for all officers that receive the BAH/Dependency Data form in the mail, it is requested that the BAH/Dependency form be returned to CPC (attn: End of Year Package). If no changes are needed: sign and date at the bottom, and return to CPC (attn: End of Year Package).If corrections/additions are needed: cross through and/or legibly write in correct information, sign and date at the bottom, attach any applicable documentation (birth certificate, marriage license, etc.), and return to CPC (attn: End of Year Package).
For any questions, please contact LT Lindsay Morrison at Lindsay.Morrison@noaa.gov or 301-713-7712.
HR Direct Access
The USCG Payroll conversion to Global Pay is complete. Officers may access pay related section of the HR Direct Access via the link on the CPC website. After logging in, officers should not notice any significant changes from the previous system. Officers having any difficulties accessing their information, please contact the NOAA Corps Payroll Unit at NOAACorps.PayrollUnit@noaa.gov.
Officers are reminded to regularly check their Leave and Earnings Statements (Paycheck) to verify accuracy. The USCG is expecting a high volume of user activity in the system over the next couple weeks, and the system may not allow individuals to log-in during these times. The first pay check in Global Pay will be dated 15 January 2015. This pay check with updated pay information will be viewable beginning 13 January 2015. If officers notice that the system is opperating slowly, it is recommended log in outside of normal business hours.
2014 ACO Award Nominations - Reminder
The NOAA Association of Commissioned Officers (ACO) administers the annual Junior Officer of the Year, Science, and Engineering awards. The ACO recognizes the wide range of accomplishments and contributions of NOAA’s uniformed personnel, and encourages all commands consider nominating officers for these honors. Nominations for the 2014 awards are due by 30 January 2015.
A nomination for a NOAA ACO award shall consist of at least two pages. The first page shall be a cover
memo addressed to the National ACO, stating the name, grade, billet title, and job description of the
nominated officer. The following page(s) shall be the personal comments of the nominator, which reflect
the basis for the nomination. Nominations should include a detailed description of the officer’s duties and
accomplishments, and the positive impact of those achievements on the Agency and the Service.
All commands and field offices are encouraged to submit officer nominations for these awards.
Candidates for Junior Officer of the Year must be nominated by a supervisor in their chain of command,
while the Science and Engineering award nominations may be made by the supervisor or any
Submit nominations via e-mail to Olivia.Hauser@noaa.gov, by COB 30 January 2015. In the nomination email please have the supporting files attached as .PDF or readable by Microsoft Word.
The subject line of the nomination email should be "Junior Officer of the Year Nomination", "Science Award", or "Engineering Award" as appropriate. This will assist the selection committee with accurate tracking and sorting of the nominations. Junior officers with civilian supervisors are encouraged to forward them this information. For more information on the awards please refer to the NOAA Corps Directives on Awards (Chapter 12 part 7).