Arduous Ship Designations and Impact to PCS Entitlements
In the 05 December Edition of CYBERFLASH, CPC announced the Unusually Arduous Ships for CY 2015. A question had arisen regarding the changes to entitlements for officer's dependents if the officer is assigned to a ship that has been designated as unusually arduous. Per the Per Diem, Travel and Transportation Allowance Committee, if a ship becomes designated as unusually arduous after an officer has reported, dependents have traveled and HHG have been shipped, the dependents are NOT entitled to another move.
The only instance when a change in designated location could be authorized for dependents, would be if the ship was designated as unusually arduous after the PCS orders were issued, and before the dependents have relocated. Questions on these and other PCS entitlements should be directed to Tracey M. Peterson at Tracey.M.Peterson@noaa.gov
From the Assignments Desk
National Ocean Service Billet #7500: Executive Officer – ORR
This billet will be changing location from its current duty station of Silver Spring, MD to Seattle, WA. The next officer assigned will be reporting to this new location. Interested officers are encouraged to contact CDR Elizabeth Kretovic at email@example.com for more information.
Marine and Aviation Operations Center Billet #0110: Marine Operations Crew Manager
This billet has been relocated from its current duty station of Pascagoula, MS to Newport, OR. The next assigned officer will be reporting to this new location. Interested officers are encouraged to contact LCDR Lindsay Kurelja at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
BOTC 125 - Update
BOTC 125 is off to a roaring start despite the minus zero wind chill factors at the USCG Academy in New London, CT. BOTC 125 reported to the Academy on Thursday, 8 January 2015, and completed their first week of the indoctrination phase including 0500 wake ups from staff officers and a physically, emotionally, mentally challenging, and rigorous schedule. During their first week of training, they conducted their first drill competition with the 52 members of OCS 2-15. They are learning the value of time management, situational awareness, and attention to detail with constant attention from staff officers in the barracks.
On Friday, 16 January 2015, the 14 members of BOTC 125 toured the USCGA museum as part of their NOAA history class. The NOAA history class began with Captain Albert E. Theberge (NOAA Corps, ret.) conducting a webinar on our predecessor’s involvement in the Civil War, and World War II. The day ended with some hands-on history at the USCGA museum directed by museum curator, Ms. Jennifer Gaudio, and intern, Mr. Matt Sanders. Pictured below is a plaque recognizing the USC&GS Steamer PATTERSON for rescuing survivors from the U.S.R.C. TAHOMA off the Aleutian chain in 1914. Other items shown were Hopley Yeaton’s musket, a narwhal tusk, a life jacket from WWII, engraved ivory pieces, and an old temperature, conductivity, and salinity wheel. The importance of the partnership between NOAA and USCG and our shared historical legacy were enhanced by the experience. 16 January also marked the end of Week 1 for BOTC 125, and a successful conclusion to their
initial indoctrination. BOTC 125 has officially started their academic training in the good hands of MSI Instructor, Captain Rick Comeau.
The new class is eager to meet other NOAA employees and NOAA Corps officers, so if you are in the New London area, please reach out to CAPT John Caskey at John.Caskey@noaa.gov for a visit.
2014 ACO Award Nominations - Reminder One Week Left
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).