Message from the Director

Fellow NOAA Corps officers,

One of CPC functions is to process documentation from officer submissions and the operational centers regarding qualifications and designations in order to document them in the officer's Officer Personnel Folder. The safe and effective staffing of our platforms is critical to NOAA's mission and the Nation. The commitment exhibited when qualifying to operate our ships and aircraft is commendable and deserves recognition. For the remainder of CY2018, according to the CPC database, the following officers have earned the qualification/designation/achievement of Commanding Officer of a NOAA ship, Officer of the Deck Underway, Senior Watch Officer, NOAA Diver, NOAA Aviator, or Aircraft Commander for the first time.

Please join me in congratulating these officers. Bravo Zulu!

    Commanding Officer:
  • LCDR Mark Blankenship (Ferdinand Hassler)
  • CDR Sarah Duncan (Oscar Dyson)
  • ENS Nicholas Azzopardi
  • ENS Brian Caldwell
  • ENS Nicolas DeProspero
  • ENS James Freed
  • ENS Andrew Fullerton
  • ENS Anna Hallingstad
  • ENS Linda Junge
  • ENS Airlie Pickett
  • ENS Patrick Pope
    Aircraft Commander:
  • LT Christopher Wood
  • LT James Europe
  • LT John Kidd
  • LCDR Aaron Maggied
  • LT Carl Noblitt
    NOAA Diver:
  • ENS Nicolas DeProspero
  • LCDR Timothy Sinquefield
    NOAA Aviator:
  • LT Casey Marwine

CAPT Devin Brakob, NOAA
Director, Commissioned Personnel Center

On the Horizon

04-22 Mar 2019 REFTRA 86
03 Apr 2019 CO/XO Command Advisory Board
09 Apr 2019 Officer Assignment Board

Approved Resignations, Separations and Retirements

LT Sara Sheehan 01 Mar 2019
ENS Alexander Lee 01 Mar 2019
LT Andrew Clos 26 Mar 2019
LT Felicia Drummond 29 Mar 2019
CDR George Miller 01 Apr 2019
CAPT Scott Sirois 01 Apr 2019
LCDR Kyle Byers 01 Apr 2019
CDR Thomas Peltzer 01 Apr 2019
LT Jason Baillio 01 May 2019
ENS Emma Ethier 21 May 2019
LT Billy Bonner 31 May 2019

From the Recruiting Branch

The Recruiting Officers would like to thank everyone who played a role in the recruiting process for BOTC 134. Your support, especially during the shutdown, was critical to our success. The Selection Board will convene in March to select new officers.

Promotion Required Training on CLC

On June 1st, many of the Commerce Learning Center (CLC) courses required for promotion will be discontinued by the vendor (Skillsoft). CPC and CLC are working to replace these courses. If you have started your training for the next grade and are close to finishing, we encourage you to complete all the training by June 1st so you can get credit for the time you have already invested. If you have a ways to go, we suggest waiting until the new courses have been posted, on or about July 1st, as some of the discontinued courses do not have an equivalent replacement and you would not receive credit for them.

Please keep in mind if you do not completely finish the curriculum by June 1st, you will lose all or some of your progress.

If you have any questions, please email

Documentation of Training Required for Promotion

Officers will no longer be required to submit a memo stating they have completed their training required for promotion. Once the training is complete, simply submit your curriculum completion certificate from CLC to CPC will attach a standardized memo to this certificate detailing the requirements corresponding to each rank's requirements before it is loaded into the officer's OPF. CPC will update the memo whenever there are changes to the curriculum. Please note, all officers completing the LCDR coursework will still need to provide their Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and COR with a Mission Focus certificates. If you have any questions, please email LT Rico Rodriguez at

National ACO Scholarships Final Call for Applications

The Executive Committee of National ACO Scholarships, Inc. has re-issued its annual call to high school seniors and college undergrads for applications for scholarship awards for the 2019/2020 academic year. The two-page application form is available on the "Resources" page of the NOAA Officer Family Association website (, under the heading "National ACO Scholarships, Inc." Application forms may also be obtained by contacting Secretary/Treasurer Captain Dave Peterson, NOAA (Ret), by phone (301-921-6357) or email ( Completed application packages should be sent to the corporation's post office address (on the application form) and should be postmarked this year no later than Monday, April 15, 2019.

Basic Allowance For Housing Fact Sheet

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Command Advisory Board: CO and XO Assignments

A Command Advisory Board is scheduled for Wednesday, April 3, 2019 to make recommendations for Commanding Officer and Executive Officer assignments. Any officer within two years of rotation could be considered for these ship assignments. Please ensure your assignment preferences are updated to reflect your latest interest, and reach out to ship Commands and the Marine Centers to discuss possible CO and XO assignments. For any questions, please contact CDR Stephen Kuzirian at or by phone at 301-713-7694.

Officer Assignment Board: O-4/O-5 Shore Assignments

An Officer Assignment Board (OAB) for O-4/O-5 shore assignments will be held on Tuesday, April 9, 2019. The OAB will be prepared to look at potential O-4/O-5 officers and assignments up to 18 months from now. Please ensure your assignment preferences are up to date, discuss potential assignments with the appropriate liaison officer and contact the assignment coordinator, CDR Stephen Kuzirian, with any questions at 301-713-7694 or