Message from the Director

Fellow NOAA Corps officers,

Tomorrow marks the beginning of the Atlantic and Central Pacific hurricane season. This is an annual reminder for many of us to revisit our family emergency action plans. Many citizens throughout the country are also dealing with tornados, flooding, wildfires, and a host of other weather conditions that threaten homes and families. I would like to take this opportunity to remind all to prepare for various types of weather events. Preparation, of course, begins at home by replenishing your emergency supplies, knowing your evacuation routes and plans, and learning what risks and hazards may impact your area before and after weather events. Information to help prepare for numerous emergency conditions can be found at ready.gov.

CPC is here to assist in the event of an evacuation. Active duty officers and their dependents residing at the permanent duty station, an alternate location due to assignment to unusually arduous duty, or an approved designated location as specified in a BAH waiver, are authorized travel reimbursement in the event of a mandatory evacuation. This authorization applies to officers on TDY orders as well, and dependents enroute to new PCS location. More information on these entitlements is available in the Joint Travel Regulations - Chapter 6. When an evacuation is ordered for your area, follow instructions of your local emergency management authorities, and contact CPC as soon as possible with your planned evacuation information. To ensure this process runs smoothly, we ask that officers review and update contact information for themselves and their dependents within OPF Online.

Also, I highly encourage officers to log-in and review their NOAA Staff Directory (NSD) information, and update their personal contact information in the Emergency Notification System (ENS) located on the NSD site. To ensure your most recent permanent duty station is reflected in the NSD, submit endorsed PCS orders immediately upon arrival at your new duty station. The NSD is updated monthly with revised billet information once orders are processed, however personal data provided by user can be revised any time. Supervisors should occasionally review their "Direct Reports" list by clicking on the "My Reports" button in the upper right dropdown under their name while logged into the NSD. A list of all staff assigned to you will be provided. For help with the NOAA Staff Directory, contact noaa.staffdirectory@noaa.gov.


CAPT Devin Brakob, NOAA
Director, Commissioned Personnel Center

On the Horizon

05 Jun 2019 Officer Assignment Board
22 Jul 2019 BOTC 134 commences
Late Jul 2019 Aviation Advisory Board: Initial Flight Training

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

NOAA Marksmanship Team

On May 13th, 14th, and 18th, the NOAA Marksmanship Team participated in the U.S. Navy Marksmanship Team's 2019 Atlantic Fleet Matches at Marine Corps Base Quantico. Established as an annual training exercise by the U.S. Navy Marksmanship Team, the shooting matches focus on both training personnel in the fundamentals of pistol and rifle marksmanship, as well as allowing competition among various service personnel for trophies and marksmanship awards.

The team consisting of LCDR Jonathan Taylor, LT Ricardo Rodriguez, and LT Matthew Forrest attended the Fleet Rifle Matches on May 13th and 14th. On the 18th, the team added LT Calandria DeCastro and ENS Hillary Fort to compete in the Atlantic Fleet Matches' first-ever Action Shooting competition. Working through separate pistol, rifle, and shotgun stages, the five shooters employed a variety of equipment and techniques to fire on stationary and moving targets while managing movement, reloads, target priority, and time. The team excelled in all of the action events, had a great time, and built upon a spirit of interservice cooperation and camaraderie with Navy, Marine Corps, Army, Air Force, and Coast Guard personnel.

A Penny Saved is a Penny Saved

Great news! Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance and Family Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance have approved premium reductions to take effect July 1, 2019. The NOAA Corps Payroll Unit is working to have these pennies back in your pocket by mid-month July.

Speaking of life insurance, thank you to all officers who have taken action to certify their SGLI benefits online; we are currently at 60% compliance. Certification is required even if you decline coverage. Please take 5 minutes to ensure your benefits are in order by clicking here. If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact LCDR Laura Gibson at laura.gibson@noaa.gov.

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 at assignmentbranch.cpc@noaa.gov or (301) 713-7694, by COB, June 15, 2019, if you are interested in this opportunity. AOC will be responsible for conducting interviews between June 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 at bradley.fritzler@noaa.gov or (863) 500-3902. For questions specific to medical requirements and USCG Class I flight physicals, contact LCDR Joe Newcomb, USPHS at joseph.newcomb@noaa.gov or (813) 828-4116.

From the Assignments Desk: Billet # 3447 American Samoa/Antarctica Station Chief

The Earth System Research Laboratory's Global Monitoring Division (ESRL/GMD) is holding interviews for the 2021/2022 American Samoa/South Pole Station Chief in July 2019. ESRL/GMD operates four remote Atmospheric Baseline Observatories strategically positioned around the globe. The long-term datasets collected at these observatories track atmospheric constituents that drive climate change, stratospheric ozone depletion, and baseline air quality.

The officer selected for this billet will train in Boulder, Colorado for six months before spending one year in American Samoa running atmospheric monitoring instruments, managing observatory facilities, and completing administrative tasks necessary to operate the station. The officer will then return to Boulder for additional training before spending one year at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station in Antarctica running a similar suite of instruments at NOAA's South Pole Observatory, coordinating shipping logistics, and assisting with other station duties.

This billet provides independent, self-starting, adventurous individuals with the opportunity to live in the tropical South Pacific, experience six months of light and six months of darkness in Antarctica, and will have the opportunity to earn Chief of Party insignia, International Service Ribbon, Arctic Service Medal, and Antarctic Service Medal all within one billet.

Interested officers should update their billet preferences and send their biographies and resumes to Christy Schultz at christine.schultz@noaa.gov no later than 30 June. Phone interviews will be conducted in early-to-mid July.