Message from the Director

Fellow NOAA Corps officers,

Officer Personnel Boards met last week to review records of officers and make selection recommendations for promotion. CPC has begun the process of submission of the selection recommendations to the Secretary of Commerce for concurrence. The Secretary then forwards the recommendations to the President for approval. Once approved, selectees and non-selectees will be notified via their chain of command. As soon as we have received confirmation that all affected officers have been notified, the results will be announced. We appreciate your patience while this process progresses.

All officers, especially those who were considered for promotion, should review their medical OPF periodically to ensure that they are fully qualified for full and unrestricted duty. Officers who are selected for promotion but are not found to be fully qualified will not have their names forwarded to the Secretary for approval.

CAPT Devin Brakob, NOAA
Director, Commissioned Personnel Center

On the Horizon

22 May 2019 Aviation Advisory Board
05 Jun 2019 Officer Assignment Board
22 Jul 2019 BOTC 134 commences

Approved Resignations, Separations and Retirements

ENS Kermit Farrow 22 Jun 2019
LT Michael Hirsch 30 Jun 2019
LTJG Daniel Devereaux 31 Jul 2019
CDR Scott Price 01 Aug 2019
CAPT Mark Wetzler 01 Aug 2019
LT Bennett Singletary 28 Aug 2019
LCDR Kyle Byers 15 Sep 2019
LT Shanae Coker 30 Sep 2019
CDR Holly Jablonski 01 Oct 2019
CDR Richard Hester 01 Oct 2019
CAPT Michael Ellis 01 Nov 2019
CDR Ryan Kidder 01 Nov 2019
CAPT Barry Choy 01 Nov 2019

From NCOTC: BOTC 133 Graduation

BOTC 133 and OCS 2-19 graduated from Officer Candidate School on May 7, 2019. RDML Hann attended the ceremonies and presented commissions to the new ensigns along with the keynote speaker, ADM Karl Schultz, Commandant of the US Coast Guard.

Photo credit: United States Coast Guard Academy

Please help us recognize the following award recipients:

  • Distinguished Honor Graduate - ENS Collin McMillan
  • Professional Mariner Award - ENS Collin McMillan
  • Academic Award - ENS Collin McMillan
  • Health and Physical Readiness Award - ENS Kaitlyn Brogan
  • Leadership in Writing Award - ENS Danielle Koushel

Photo credit: United States Coast Guard Academy

BOTC 133 is currently on NOAA Ship Gordon Gunter for a weeklong capstone training cruise where they are putting their professional mariner skills to use and experiencing life on a NOAA ship. A big thank you to the Gunter command and crew for giving them a great introduction to the fleet!

Congratulations to our newest ensigns as they prepare for their first assignments!

Captain John C. Clary III, NOAA (Ret.) Induction into the Vietnam Veterans Memorial In Memory Honor Roll

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation In Memory Program will be inducting Captain John C. Clary III, NOAA (Ret.) into the In Memory Honor Roll this year. The ceremony will take place on Saturday, June 15, 2019, at 10:00 am at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. The ceremony is free and open to the public and anyone that would like to attend is invited. Ms. Cindy Clary will be attending and reading Captain Clary's name. After his induction on June 15, you can visit Captain Clary's personal page on the Honor Roll website to add remembrances and/or photos. Please go to the VVMF website for further information.

Welcome to the new NOAA Corps Recruiter

CPC welcomes our newest addition to the recruiting team, LT Doug Pawlishen. LT Pawlishen comes to us with a strong operational background with sea tours on NOAA Ship Pisces and NOAA Ship Bell M. Shimada as well as time as the OIC of the R/V Gloria Michelle. With his arrival the recruiting team is fully staffed and ready to find the future officers of the NOAA Corps.

Recommendations for Command Positions

The Officer Career Management Division is currently revising the process for selecting officers for Command positions at sea. With the new process, it is more important than ever to include a statement endorsing an officer's potential for assuming the positions of Commanding Officer and Executive Officer. Please ensure that a definitive statement defining their ability to succeed at the next level is included in Section 10 of the OER once applicable, but at a minimum, upon completion of a sea tour in their detachment OER.

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

An Officer Assignment Board (OAB) for O-4/O-5 assignments will be held on Wednesday, June 5, 2019. The OAB will be prepared to look at potential O-4/O-5 officers and assignments up to 18 months from now. Any officer scheduled to rotate to shore duty within the next 18 months should contact incumbents and supervisors in their billets of interest, and also contact the appropriate line office liaison officers with your interests. Please ensure your assignment preferences are up to date, and contact the assignment coordinator, CDR Stephen Kuzirian, with any questions at 301-713-7694 or

AAB - Initial Flight from Fleet Announcement

An Aviation Advisory Board will convene in late July 2019 to recommend selected officers to the Officer Assignment Board for initial flight training. The NOAA Corps will be selecting officers from the fleet who are interested in transitioning to aviation. Start dates for flight training will be determined based on the needs of the service and rotation dates of the officers selected. Previous flight experience is not required for this opportunity however, it is highly encouraged and will help applicants determine if aviation is a desirable career path. Time in Service limits are waived for the purpose of this candidate selection, however it may be a factor that is weighed in the board's decision.

Requirements for the NOAA Corps Aviation Selection Process:

  • Complete all sections of NOAA Form 56-43 (Application for NOAA Corps Aviation Program).
  • Complete a USCG Class I flight physical.
  • Complete the Air Force Officer Qualifying Test (AFOQT).
  • Complete the Test of Basic Aviation Skills (TBAS). This test must be taken after the AFOQT.
  • Retrieve and include your Pilot Candidate Selection Method (PCSM) score. This is a combination of the two tests above and your flight experience. If the AFOQT and TBAS tests were completed previously, a retake is not necessary.
  • A recommendation for aviation selection must be included in Section 10 (Potential) of the applicant's Officer Evaluation Report (NOAA form 56-6A), or provide a written endorsement from your current supervisor.

Notify CDR Stephen Kuzirian ( or (301) 713-7694, by COB, June 15, 2019, if you are interested in this opportunity. AOC will be responsible for conducting interviews between May and July for all applicants. Completed aviation application packages must arrive at the Commissioned Personnel Center by COB, July 15, 2019.

For questions about NOAA aviation careers and the application process, contact CDR Brad Fritzler ( or (863) 500-3902. For questions specific to medical requirements and USCG Class I flight physicals, contact LCDR Joe Newcomb, USPHS, ( or (813) 828-4116.