Message from the Director

Fellow NOAA Corps officers,

One of CPC functions is to process documentation from officer submissions and the operational centers regarding qualifications and designations in order to document them in the officer's Officer Personnel Folder. The safe and effective staffing of our platforms is critical to NOAA' mission and the Nation. The commitment exhibited when qualifying to operate our ships and aircraft is commendable and deserves recognition. Since the last Cyberflash announcement of these achievements, according to the CPC database, the following officers have earned the qualification/designation/achievement of Commanding Officer of a NOAA ship, Senior Watch Officer, Small Craft Command, Officer of the Deck Underway, NOAA Diver, or Aircraft Commander for the first time.

Please join me in congratulating these officers! Bravo Zulu!

Commanding Officer:

  • CDR Samuel Greenaway (Rainier)
  • CDR Tony Perry (Oscar Elton Sette)


  • LCDR Kelli-Ann Bliss
  • LT Rosemary Abbitt
  • LT Michael Ball
  • LT Stephen Moulton


  • ENS Emily Bell
  • ENS Andie Cuiffo
  • ENS Jaime Hendrix
  • ENS Taylor Krabiel
  • ENS Nicolas Osborn

Aircraft Commander:

  • LT Joshua Rannenberg

Small Craft Command:

  • LTJG Lyle Robbins

NOAA Diver:

  • ENS Kaitlyn Brogan
  • ENS Andie Cuiffo
  • ENS Iris Ekmanis
  • ENS Trevor Grams
  • ENS Jaime Hendrix
  • ENS Collin McMillan
  • ENS Ryan Musick
  • ENS Nicolas Osborn
  • ENS Nathaniel Park
  • ENS Adam Rand
  • ENS Jane Saunders

Directors signature
CAPT Devin Brakob, NOAA
Director, Commissioned Personnel Center

On the Horizon

16 Mar- 03 Apr 2020 REFTRA 88
24 Mar 2020 CO/XO Command Advisory Board

Approved Resignations, Separations and Retirements

CAPT Keith Roberts 01 Mar 2020
CDR Jonathan Neuhaus 01 Mar 2020
LCDR Jonathan Taylor 01 Mar 2020
LT Matthew Bissell 15 Mar 2020
CDR Ryan Kidder 01 Apr 2020
LT David Reymore 13 May 2020
LCDR Kevin Doremus 17 Jun 2020
CDR Justin Kibbey 01 Jul 2020
LTJG Tyler Fifield 17 Aug 2020

Training Opportunities Spreadsheet now Live

The Officer Career Management Division has heard from many officers both seeking and recommending training. Currently, a lack of communication among officers appears to be a barrier to discovering new training opportunities.

To help with this, OCMD has developed a Google form and corresponding spreadsheet to help facilitate knowledge-sharing among officers regarding training. This can be found on the CPC Training Page, and is available for input. It functions similarly to the augmentation requests form - simply fill out the form and submit, and the information will show up on the spreadsheet. This spreadsheet can be viewed be all officers, and we highly encourage all who have taken a notable training course in the last few years to contribute a line or two.

This spreadsheet will act as a referral system to prospective trainees from training courses or schools. Honest feedback and comprehensive review will help other officers in deciding if the training is worth the time (or money!).

This is a beta version, and so feedback is requested and encouraged. Please direct all comments or concerns to Please note that officers are responsible for securing funding for training.

Command Advisory Board: CO and XO Assignments

The CAB is scheduled on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, to make recommendations for Commanding Officer and Executive Officer 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 or by phone at 301-713-7694.

From the Assignments Desk: Billet 7212 Navigation Manager, Alaska

The Office of Coast Survey's Navigation Services Division is seeking a highly motivated O-3/O-4 officer to serve as the Alaska Navigation Manager in Anchorage, Alaska. The billet supports the efforts of the Customer Affairs Branch to identify navigational challenges facing the marine transportation system.

The individual must be driven and able to work independently on a variety of regional issues pertaining to maritime navigation safety, including supporting NOAA's arctic policy. Stakeholders are wide ranging and include recreational boaters, fisherman, professional mariners, native subsistence hunters, academics, and private industry. The position requires strong communication skills with the knowledge and background to promote NOAA's charting mission to a diverse and geographically dispersed partner base. Broad knowledge of NOAA's missions is encouraged, as the individual will be expected to collaborate extensively with other NOAA line offices and federal partners.

Interested officers rotating on or about February of 2021 should contact CAPT Chris van Westendorp ( or LCDR Bart Buesseler, the incumbent officer (, along with the Assignment Coordinator for more information.