Message from the Director

Fellow NOAA Corps officers,

This past Monday I had the honor of swearing in BOTC 134 in New London, CT. The opportunity to deliver the oath of office to the future of the NOAA Corps is one of the best privileges of the CPC Director job. It was educating and inspiring to get acquainted with the newest members of our Service and discover how they learned about and what motivated them to join the NOAA Corps. This class had a record turnout of supporters with several parents and siblings in attendance for the swearing in ceremony. The pride these families and friends displayed was infectious and capped off a great ceremony. The NOAA Corps recruiting force (at CPC and in the field), CPC staff, and selection board members all contribute a tremendous amount of work to find quality officers and execute their accession to service. The ability to bring onboard the best and brightest is only accomplished through this organizational commitment. Thank you all.

Congratulations to the following men and women on their commission:

John W. AtnipThomson, GA
Justin E. BlancherPass Christian, MS
Thomas B. Cervone-RichardsWarwick, NY
Logan C. DodsonRiverview, FL
Gregory C. FriedmanQuincy, MA
Haley L. GlosJackson, NC
Trevor S. GramsFairbanks, AK
Ariane F. HuddlestonMurrieta, CA
Giovanna L. LesserCenterport, NY
Katherine M. MitchellSaint Augustine, FL
Josephine M. MooreSeabrook, TX
Cassidy RingWilmington, NC
Carly A. RobbinsRichboro, PA
Emma B. StrongLa Jolla, CA
Karina J. UrquhartSanford, ME
Kyle A. VincentPalm Beach Gardens, FL

CAPT Devin Brakob, NOAA
Director, Commissioned Personnel Center

On the Horizon

30 Jul 2019 Aviation Advisory Board: Initial Flight Training
07 Aug 2019 Officer Assignment Board

Approved Resignations, Separations and Retirements

LTJG Daniel Devereaux 31 Jul 2019
CAPT Mark Wetzler 01 Aug 2019
LT Anthony Klemm 09 Aug 2019
LCDR Kyle Byers 15 Sep 2019
LT Shanae Coker 30 Sep 2019
CDR Richard Hester 01 Oct 2019
CDR Holly Jablonski 01 Oct 2019
CDR Scott Price 01 Oct 2019
LT Bennett Singletary 27 Oct 2019
LT David McVay 30 Oct 2019
CAPT Barry Choy 01 Nov 2019
CAPT Michael Ellis 01 Nov 2019
CDR Ryan Kidder 01 Nov 2019
CDR John Crofts 20 Nov 2019
CAPT Kristie Twining 01 Dec 2019

BOTC 134 Commences

The NOAA Corps Recruiting Branch (LT Rodriguez and LT Pawlishen) spent the past week in New London, Connecticut preparing the 16 Officer Candidates of Basic Officer Training Class (BOTC) 134 for their transition into the NOAA Corps. The recruiting team typically spends three days with new Officer Candidates prior to the kick off of Officer Candidate School(OCS)/BOTC at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.

The recruiting team was aided by the Director of CPC - CAPT Brakob, CPC's HR Specialist - Charise Stewart, and Pay Technician - Ron Cunningham.

Officer Candidates were briefed on NOAA Corps core values and the importance of OCS. They were fitted with fresh sets of ODUs and completed all required administrative training prior to being turned over to the OCS Staff. These new Officer Candidates will learn to work as an efficient team and will be developed into future leaders. The NCOTC staff will guide them through the highly intensive, fully integrated, 17 week OCS led by U.S. Coast Guard personnel and NOAA Corps officers.


It is with great pleasure that CPC announces the promotions of the following officers to the rank of Lieutenant (junior grade) effective July 24, 2019:

LTJG Vanessa C. Oquendo
LTJG Patrick T. Lawler
LTJG Hunter L. Brendel
LTJG Ololade N. Ajilore

Congratulations on your well-deserved advancement!

ENS Junge Arriving!

Earlier this month, ENS Linda Junge reported aboard and assumed the duties of Leadership Coordinator and Staff Officer within CPC's Officer Career Management Division. She comes to CPC from her Junior Officer assignment aboard NOAA Ship Fairweather where she earned her Officer of the Deck qualification and was designated as a Hydrographer in Charge. Welcome aboard ENS Junge!

New Promotion Training on the Way!

Promotion training has changed! Currently, many of the promotion training curriculums available on the CLC website are out of date. New editions have been released in the last year, and we successfully delayed implementation of these new courses until the current promotion cycle ended. We are now replacing these courses; please hold off on your promotion training for the summer! We expect the new catalog of courses to be up and running in the next month. There will be another announcement when the promotion training courses are ready for completion. These new editions will further advance the Officer Career Management Division (OCMD)'s mission of providing the best opportunities for officer's learning and growth. We thank you for your patience at this time.

The OCMD Mission Statement: We believe people are the only true asset. We exist to recruit, train, and cultivate the most mission-ready workforce possible in order to safely and efficiently achieve the goals of NOAA and the Nation.

If you have any questions, ideas or concerns please reach out to the OCMD at