Message from the Director

Fellow NOAA Corps officers,

It gives me great pleasure to announce that the following officers were promoted October 1, 2019, to the grade shown below:


  • James L. Brinkley
  • Fionna J. Matheson
  • David M. Gothan


  • Brian E. Elliot
  • Lindsey L. Norman
  • Justin E. Ellis
  • Bart O. Buesseler


  • Marybeth Head
  • Terril P. Efird
  • Lydia A. Ames
  • Jeffrey J. Douglas
  • Keith D. Hanson


  • Lyle I. Robbins
  • Nicolas S. DeProspero
  • Hayley A. Betker
  • Patrick E. Pope
  • Nicholas J. Azzopardi

Congratulations on your well-deserved promotions! Bravo Zulu!

CAPT Devin Brakob, NOAA
Director, Commissioned Personnel Center

On the Horizon

07-25 Oct 2019 REFTRA 87
10 Oct 2019 BOTC 134 Billet Night
19 Nov 2019 BOTC 134 Graduation

Approved Resignations, Separations and Retirements

LT Bennett Singletary 27 Oct 2019
LT David McVay 31 Oct 2019
CAPT Barry Choy 01 Nov 2019
CAPT Michael Ellis 01 Nov 2019
CDR John Crofts 20 Nov 2019
CAPT Kristie Twining 01 Dec 2019
LT Jacob Blaauboer 15 Jan 2020
LTJG Alisha Friel 20 Jan 2020
LCDR Russell Haner 01 Feb 2020
CAPT Keith Roberts 01 Mar 2020
LCDR Jonathan Taylor 01 Mar 2020

New Promotion Training now Live on the CLC

As of October 1, 2019, the new promotion training curriculum is now live on the Commerce Learning Center. To find and complete your training, please follow the newly updated instructions, located here on the CPC website. For any questions or concerns, please reach out to the Leadership Coordinator at CPC at or (301) 713-7736.

End of Rating Period (O-5 and O-6)

October 31, 2019 marks the end of the annual rating period for all officers in the grades of O-5 and O-6. All officers who have not or will not receive an OER for other approved reasons within 6 months are required to complete and submit their accomplishments to their supervisors by October 10, 2019 (21 days before the end of the rating period per OES standards). OERs are important not only for promotion purposes, but also as a means to provide valuable feedback for performance improvement. Please work with your rating chains to complete these reports.

From the Assignments Desk: Billet # 0503 - Chief, Officer Career Management Division

CPC is seeking a commander interested in helping to guide the careers and futures of NOAA Corps officers. The responsibilities of the Chief, Officer Career Management Division include recruiting, training, assignments, and evaluations. This billet provides the chance to guide officers of all ranks through all of the processes that can make a highly successful career.

The OCMD Chief supervises the NOAA Corps Officer Training Center (NCOTC) personnel, the Recruiting Branch, the Assignment Coordinator, and two more staff including one civilian employee. You will manage a budget for travel, training, and supplies for all the branches you lead. The incumbent reviews NOAA Corps policies and procedures as well as providing informational guidance to Officer Personnel Boards, Assignment Boards, and Advisory Boards. This is an opportunity to lead others while leading the organization using all of the knowledge you have gained throughout your career.

The billet will be open summer of 2020. Please update your assignment preferences to indicate your interest. Also, contact the Assignment Coordinator at For specific questions, contact CDR Jeffrey Taylor at 301-713-7748 or