Director's Message:

On 27 July, I had the privilege of swearing in BOTC 126. Please join me in welcoming this new class into the NOAA Corps family:

  • BRYAN R. BRASHER from Folsom, CA
  • TIMOTHY J. BROWN from Southington, CT
  • KATHRYN L. CARRIA from Durham, CT
  • MARISA P. GEDNEY from Shelton, WA
  • JENNIFER S. KRAUS from Tybee Island, GA
  • DAVID P. REYMORE, JR. from Brier, WA
  • LAURA E. ROCK from Waynesboro, PA
  • SARA M. THOMPSON from Sebastopol, CA
  • LANDER A. VER HOEF from Fairbanks, AK
  • CAROLINE A. WILKINSON from Grosse Point, MI
  • The NOAA Corps Recruiting team would like to thank everyone who conducted an interview(s) for BOTC 127. This proves to be another competitive class with highly qualified applicants. We had 73 applications and will be selecting 10 new officers in August.

    Additionally, congratulations to the following officers to be promoted to the rank of Lieutenant (junior grade) effective 01 August 2015:


  • CAPT Lawrence T. Krepp, NOAA
    Director, CPC

    On the Horizon

    03 August 2015 Officer Assignment Board
    07 August 2015 Uniform Awards Board
    October 2015 Operations Officer Command Advisory Working Group

    Approved Resignations, Separations and Retirements

    ENS Roxanne Carter 18 August 2015
    LTJG Jennifer Barre 21 August 2015
    LCDR Nicole Lambert 31 August 2015
    LCDR Erich Bohaboy 01 September 2015
    CDR Ricardo Ramos 01 September 2015
    CAPT Douglas Baird 01 October 2015
    LCDR Sarah Dunsford 01 October 2015

    USCG Uniform Distribution Center's Shortages

    The USCG Uniform Distribution Center (UDC) has reported a shortage in supply for both NOAA and USPHS Officer ODU Coat and Trousers in the following sizes:

    • Out of stock Coats: 36XS, 36XL, 37R, 37L, 38S, 38R, 40S, 40R, 41XL, 41L, 42R, 58L
    • Out of stock Trousers: XSS, XSR, SXS, SS, SR, SL, MXS, MR, LS, LR, XLL, XXXLL

    The reason for the shortage is high demand and multiple supply problems from their production vendors. The UDC anticipates being restocked in August.

    Awards Conveyed May and June 2015

    NOAA Corps Commendation Medal:

    CDR Christiaan Van Westendorp For sustained superior performance and meritorious service while serving as Executive Officer, NOAA Ship Thomas Jefferson
    LCDR Phillip Eastman For meritorious service from May 1995 to May 2015 culminating as Technical Director, Mission Operations Division, NESDIS. Throughout your 20 years of service, you distinguished yourself by exceptional performance of duty in positions of increasing responsibility
    LCDR Chad Cary For outstanding job accomplishement, commitment to NOAA Marine Operations and leadership during your tour as Executive Officer, NOAA Ship Henry B. Bigelow
    LT Megan Guberski For outstanding service and superior leadership as Operations Officer, NOAA Ship Thomas Jefferson
    LT Carl Rhodes For providing a high level of support for both the Northeast Fisheries Science Center and the Marine Operations Center - Atlantic during this shared Office of Marine and Aviation Operations and National Marine Fisheries Service billet
    LT David Gothan For sustained superior performance while acting as a NOAA Aircraft Operations Center (AOC) King Air Co-Pilot, Twin Otter Aircraft Commander, NASA Sherpa (C-23) Co-Pilot, Puma Unmanned Aircraft System Pilot in Command and Training Officer

    NOAA Corps Achievement Medal:

    LTJG Gavin Chensue For sustained superior performance as a Junior Officer onboard NOAA Ship Fairweather during the 2012, 2013, and 2014 field seasons and for your dedicated efforts as Medical Officer and Property Control Officer
    LTJG Matthew Forrest For dedication, zeal, and service above and beyond the call of duty in the execution of Project CRR-156, the Inastallation of Seasonal Water Level Stations on Lakes Erie, Michigan, and Superior in May 2014
    ENS Steven Wall For sustained superior performance and notable achievements as Junior Officer, NOAA Ship Rainier
    ENS Stephen Moulton For sustained superior performance as a Junior Officer, NOAA Ship Thomas Jefferson
    ENS Rachel Pryor For your outstanding support during your tenure as Environmental Compliance Officer aboard the NOAA Ship Oregon II

    NOAA Corps Director's Ribbon:

    LTJG Gavin Chensue For your dedicated efforts in updating and correcting NOAA Ship Fairweather's Fire Control and Safety Plans and for developing a set of guidelines and recommended practices that will be used to standardize all NOAA Ship's Fire Control and Safety Plans for Marine Operations Engineering
    ENS Daniel Hodge For sustained exemplary performance as a Junior Officer, NOAA Ship Thomas Jefferson

    2015 IT Security Awareness Course - Deadline 31 Aug 2015

    As a reminder, all NOAA IT users are required to take the annual 2015 IT Security Awareness Course by the 31 August 2015 deadline. Failure to complete the training may result in deactivation of your user account, revocation of system access and NOAA IT equipment. Access to the course can be found at, more information was sent out to all NOAA IT users on 02 July 2015 from NOAA's Chief Information Officer.