Fellow NOAA Corps officers,
I had the privilege of delivering forthcoming assignment letters to the ten officers of BOTC-132 during the recent Billet Night. Due to scheduling issues while I was Chief, Officer Career Management Division, I never had an opportunity to attend Billet Night prior to this one. I must admit the occasion did not disappoint. There was a mixture of excitement and nervousness during the dinner as the Coast Guard candidates and NOAA Corps officers waited to learn where they would be serving their first operational assignments. As each individual was called on stage, their peers would cheer words of encouragement and support, and you could read each of their faces' reaction to the news. It was apparent that OCS 1-19 and BOTC-132 had unified as a group. It was a memorable evening.
The timing of this event works well with one of the topics I've wanted to address in the Director's Message of a Cyberflash. The topic is that of keeping your assignment preferences updated in OPF Online. I have been on several Officer Assignment Boards (OAB) in my career and have seen officer's assignment preferences that had not been updated in several years. This creates a challenge for the OAB to match officer preferences with available billets. OABs deal with a lot of moving parts including billet timing, billet pre-requisites, NOAA Corps needs, and Line Office requirements. The assignment preferences tab in OPF Online is your tool to tell the OAB what you want in your career. Don't miss this opportunity. I recommend that within six months of reporting to a billet, you should update your assignment preferences to indicate what you want in your next assignment. Updating your assignment preferences can be done at any time as your professional or personal goals change. At a minimum, revisit your preferences annually through OPF Online. Although not always possible, the goal of the OAB is to make assignments about 12-18 months out. OABs look to your assignment preferences to accomplish the needs of the Service while trying to keep our officers satisfied with their assignments.
There are multiple means to research and determine your assignment preferences. The CPC website has billet descriptions you can review to narrow down your possibilities and the preference section in OPF Online will do the calendar math for you to narrow your search for availability based on timing. After self-conducted research, the Assignment Coordinator is typically your first stop but officers can also reach out to the billet's Line Office Liaison Officer or call the billet's incumbent officer to get a sense of exactly what the billet entails and how it can fit into your desired career path.
CAPT Devin Brakob, NOAA
Director, Commissioned Personnel Center
|15 Oct - 02 Nov 2018||REFTRA 85|
|20 Nov 2018||BOTC 132 Graduation|
|11 Dec 2018||Officer Assignment Board|
|LCDR David Cowan||26 OCT 2018|
|LCDR Brian Prestcott||01 Nov 2018|
|LT Kyle Salling||11 Nov 2018|
|LT Adam Ruckman||15 Nov 2018|
|LCDR Steven Loy||15 Nov 2018|
|LT Carmen DeFazio||16 Nov 2018|
|LCDR Tanner Sims||19 Nov 2018|
|CAPT Scott Sirois||01 Dec 2018|
|LT Felicia Drummond||21 Dec 2018|
|LTJG Sarah Chappel||31 Jan 2019|