Message from the Director

Fellow NOAA Corps officers,

As I stated in a Director's Message last August, CPC strives to deliver quality customer service. We are constantly evaluating processes and structure to make CPC function efficiently. Many of these processes require support from both parties, CPC and the officer, to be efficient. One of the busiest times here at CPC, preparing for promotion boards, is approaching. Almost a third of NOAA Corps officers will be reviewed during these upcoming promotion boards and CPC is expecting and preparing for the influx of OPF documents sure to arrive. Officer Evaluation Reports, promotion required training certificates, professional development training certificates, and biographies are just a few of the document types we will be receiving en masse. NOAA Corps officers can assist CPC by submitting these documents ahead of the deadlines and ensuring they are correct and complete before submitting.

Another way NOAA Corps officers can help CPC is to ensure timely and thoughtful submissions of resignation and retirement requests. The recent change to allow terminal leave requests in conjunction with resignation requests, as well as the needs of the service requests due to the partial government shutdown, created several updated resignation and retirement requests. These updates create multiple levels of additional work that impact CPC's efficiency. We understand that circumstances can change but please take into consideration your personal and professional obligations, desire for terminal leave, availability of transition assistance programs/classes, and medical requirements prior to submitting a resignation or retirement request.

Thanks in advance for your support.


CAPT Devin Brakob, NOAA
Director, Commissioned Personnel Center

On the Horizon

03 Apr 2019 CO/XO Command Advisory Board
09 Apr 2019 Officer Assignment Board
May 2019 Aviation Advisory Board

Approved Resignations, Separations and Retirements

LT Andrew Clos 26 Mar 2019
LT Felicia Drummond 29 Mar 2019
CDR George Miller 01 Apr 2019
CDR Thomas Peltzer 01 Apr 2019
ENS Emma Ethier 05 Apr 2019
LT Billy Bonner 24 Apr 2019
LT Jason Baillio 30 Apr 2019
CAPT Scott Sirois 01 May 2019
ENS Kermit Farrow 22 Jun 2019
LCDR Kyle Byers 29 Jun 2019
LT Michael Hirsch 30 Jun 2019

April Deadline - Uniform and Awards Board

The newly appointed 2019-2020 Uniform Awards Board (UAB) will meet in April to review award nominations. This is the last UAB that will meet in time to recommend approval of awards that can be entered into Officer Personnel Folders prior to the May promotion boards. Awards need to be received (email attachment sent to noaacorps.uab@noaa.gov) by midnight EDT on March 31, 2019, in order to be reviewed by the UAB at their April meeting.

The UAB requests nominators double check all award submissions for proper signatures as well as period of award. These two items can significantly delay the process.

Command Advisory Board: CO and XO Assignments

A Command Advisory Board is scheduled for Wednesday, April 3, 2019, to make recommendations for Commanding Officer (CO) and Executive Officer (XO) 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 assignmentbranch.cpc@noaa.gov 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 assignmentbranch.cpc@noaa.gov.

From the Assignments Desk

Are you looking for a rewarding, highly visible, fast paced land assignment shaping the future of the NOAA Corps in the summer of 2020? Do you enjoy teaching nautical science and developing new officers into competent bridge watchstanders? If so, you should consider an assignment as the Executive Officer at the NOAA Corps Officer Training Center (NCOTC) and the Nautical Sciences and Underway Training Officer, both located at USCG Academy (USCGA) in New London, CT. This is a unique four year land assignment opportunity as you would be XO, NCOTC for two years then shift over to become the Nautical Sciences instructor for two years.

Billet 0507 Executive Officer, NOAA Corps Officer Training Center (NCOTC), New London, CT

Billet 0507 is an O-3 billet located at the USCGA. This billet puts you at the forefront of the NOAA Corps officer training and development program. You will be responsible for instilling the NOAA Corps core values of HONOR, RESPECT, and COMMITMENT into the new accessions of the NOAA Corps as a platoon officer. You will direct, coach, and mentor both NOAA Corps ensigns and Coast Guard officer candidates. You will be working alongside Coast Guard Officer Candidate School (OCS) staff officers in an integrated training environment. The opportunity to train new BOTC and CG OCS students in the barracks, classroom, and during underway periods will also be charged to you. You will work closely with the Chief, NCOTC with regards to budgeting, purchasing, curriculum development, and alternative training opportunities. This is a challenging and highly visible billet and you will be acting as ambassador for the NOAA Corps at the Coast Guard's service academy.

Billet 0591 - Nautical Science and Underway Training Officer, NCOTC & USCGA, New London, CT

Billet 0591 is an O-3 billet located at the USCGA and split between NCOTC and the Professional Maritime Studies department of the USCGA. You will be charged with establishing and maintaining a program that will improve the safety, efficiency, and professionalism of underway operations at NCOTC. The incumbent is the POC for underway training courses, improving current courses, and developing new courses as needed. This officer's primary duty will be to cultivate the newest junior officers of the NOAA Corps into quality bridge watch standers.

The officer selected for the position will also serve as a Nautical Science instructor detailed to the Cadet Division, Professional Maritime Studies Branch as 1 of 12 USCG, US Navy, and NOAA Lieutenants during the academic year. As an instructor during the academic year they teach cadets in nautical science subjects and assist with USCGA summer training for 250 Second Class (junior) USCG cadets while also fulfilling USCGA watchstanding duties throughout the year.

These billets are tremendous opportunities for a high performing NOAA Corps junior officer. If you are interested in learning more about it and want to observe the training environment during an integrated USCG-NOAA indoctrination week (tentatively set for 29 Jul - 02 Aug, 2019 and 13 - 17 Jan, 2020), please contact the Chief, NCOTC, Commander Michael Levine at 860-701-6630 or michael.levine@noaa.gov.