Director's Message:

CPC has recently been shifting responsibilities around within the Office of the Director and the Officer Personnel Management Division (OPMD). Monica Matthews, CPC's Deputy Director has been detailed to NOAA's Workforce Management Office for the duration of the fiscal year. During this time, Katherine Raymond is Acting Deputy Director, CPC, and Tracey M. Peterson will be filling the role of Acting Chief, OPMD. As such, officers that need assistance for personnel actions will contact LT Lindsay Morrison (for officers with last names between A - K), and Gladys Faxio (for officers with last names between L - Z).

CAPT Lawrence T. Krepp, NOAA
Director, CPC

On the Horizon

21 Apr 2015 Officer Assignment Board
28 Apr - 01 May 2015 OPB - Promotion Selection
08 May 2015 Uniform Awards Board
June 2015 Aviation Advisory Board

Approved Resignations, Separations and Retirements

LCDR Paul Kemp 30 April 2015
LTJG Christopher Briand 01 May 2015
LTJG David Rodziewicz 08 May 2015
LT Christine Schultz 31 May 2015
LCDR Phillip Eastman 01 June 2015
ENS Daniel Hodge 15 June 2015
LCDR Abigail Winz 13 July 2015

CPC IT Systems - Shutdown This Weekend

Due to scheduled maintenance on the building housing CPC IT systems, the following systems will be shutdown as a precaution: OPF Online, E-Recruit, Virtual Board, CPC HRMS, emPower Document Management System and Telephones. Systems will be shutdown at 1700 EDT Friday 17 April, and back online 1600 EDT Sunday 19 April.

Process for Obtaining and Submitting Medical Records

As prescribed in NOAA Corps Directives Chapter 3 section 03101, all officers are responsible for obtaining and maintaining a copy of their medical records. All medical records must be submitted to the Medical Administration Branch as soon as they are available after each scheduled visit. All officers are expected to forward medical documentation directly to OMAO Health Services upon their request. As a reminder, Personal Health information (PHI) should not be submitted to the Medical Administration Branch via e-mail unless your attachments are encrypted. PHI must be submitted via the Medical OPF online or by using Accellion Secure File Transfer. To activate or re-activate your Accellion account please go to

Process for Obtaining Obstetrical (OB) Medical Records from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC)

For officers in the DC Metro Area: Officers may complete a "Release of Medical Information" form available from the OB clinic staff or may download the NOAA Form 56-67 (Authorization for Release of Medical Information) and submit it to the WRNMMC chart room staff below, who may also be contacted by phone (301-295-6937) or fax (301-319-8276):
Ms. Joyce Clark
Ms. Charlene Daniel
Ms. Angela Johnson

Upon submission of the form, the normal turnaround time is 7 days. If records need to be expedited, please indicate this on your release form, or make the request known when calling the clinic staff. The expedited turnaround time should be 3 days. After the request is received, the medical records should follow in the mail. Please have all records sent to CDR Hobson-Powell at the address below:

NOAA Commissioned Personnel Center
Chief, Medical Administration Branch
8403 Colesville Road, Suite 500
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Fax: 301-713-2039

Directives Update

NOAA Corps Directive Chapter 10, Section 10007, Officer Assignment Board (OAB), has been amended to include a senior Washington, D.C. area based NOAA Corps aviator in the Board membership and remove the requirement for Flag officers to serve as members of the Board. The updated Directive is available on the CPC website

One-Year Detail Opportunity

Officer in Charge (OIC), R/V Bay Hydro II (Billet #7255), Solomons, MD

The NOAA Office of Coast Survey is looking for a self-motivated, OOD qualified officer to assume the duties and responsibilities of OIC, R/V Bay Hydro II for approximately one year. R/V Bay Hydro II is a 54’ aluminum survey catamaran home-ported in Solomons, MD and operated by the Navigation Response Branch. This vessel has a three-part mission. It is responsible for evaluating new survey technologies, conducting hydrographic surveys both to update NOAA’s suite of nautical charts and respond to emergencies, and representing NOAA through public outreach and education. Bay Hydro II performs day operations throughout the Chesapeake and Delaware Bays. Being a response platform under the Navigation Response Branch, the team may be called upon for navigation support following accidents, natural disasters such as hurricanes, and in response to requests from the maritime community such as maritime pilot’s groups.

The OIC’s primary responsibility is safe operation of the vessel. Additional responsibilities include planning and executing operations, managing a crew of two civilians, managing routine maintenance, serving as Chief of Party for all survey operations, and performing the role of Vessel Operations Coordinator to ensure compliance with the NOAA Small Boat Program.

This billet is expected to be filled at the O2/O3 level. It is desired that the position be filled as quickly as possible to facilitate the incumbent’s departure in mid-July. The complete billet description can be reviewed on the CPC website. All interested officers are encouraged to respond to LCDR Nicholas Chrobak at Specific questions regarding this billet can be directed to either the Navigation Response Branch Chief, LCDR Holly Jablonski, at 301-713-2730 x-173 or the current OIC, R/V Bay Hydro II, LTJG Bart Buesseler, at, or 503-318-3606. .

Servicemembers Civil Relief Act - Clarification on 'Military Orders'

In accordance with the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA), a servicemember may break a lease at any time after the date of the received "military orders". According to the SCRA: "The term "military orders", with respect to a servicemember, means official military orders, or any notification, certification, or verification from the servicemember's commanding officer, with respect to the servicemember's current or future military duty status." For NOAA Corps purposes, notification of an approved forthcoming assignment or PCS Order will serve as a notification, certification, or verification in these cases.