Message from the Director

Good afternoon, fellow NOAA Corps officers,

I hope this Cyberflash finds you all well. We have a few updates in this edition and each of them are, in their own way, critical to the health of the NOAA Corps and to us as NOAA Corps officers as we manage our personal and professional lives. So as to not reinvent the wheel, most of the verbiage has been taken from previous Cyberflashes and I thank previous CPC Director's for their eloquence in crafting those notes.

As a reminder, next Tuesday, at 1200 EST, CPC will be hosting an all-hands meeting where we will be providing a forum to discuss important issues that are centric to NOAA Corps officers. I appreciate everyone who provided questions to CPC and I hope to be able to provide the best answers possible during our 90 minute session. A calendar invite is forthcoming however here are the details:

Google Meet - Join to participate or ask questions (Limited to 250 people)
Dial-In - (929) 445-3579?, PIN: 977 653 562#
Live Stream - Join for View Only (Open for all)

I appreciate everyone's support and attention to detail while completing their EOYPs and wish all officers in the upcoming promotion zones good luck. I look forward to 'seeing' all of you Tuesday.

Stay healthy,

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CDR Douglas MacIntyre, NOAA
Director, Commissioned Personnel Center

On the Horizon

25 Mar 2021 OCS 2-21/BOTC 137 Billet Night

Approved Resignations, Separations and Retirements

CDR Sean Cimilluca 01 Mar 2021
LTJG Tyler Fifield 22 Mar 2021
RADM Michael Silah 01 Apr 2021
CDR Paul Kunicki 01 May 2021
RDML Shepard Smith 01 Jun 2021
LTJG Sarah Donohoe 25 Jun 2021

2020 - End of Year Package (EOYP)

The 2020 End of Year Package (EOYP) is still live in your OPF and allows CPC to ensure we have the most up to date information. There is such a myriad of systems and processes that are required to be kept current and the updates are required before it closes on March 29, 2021. Your home address is required in several locations to ensure you can be reached in an emergency, your tax information is sent to the right location, and your housing allowance is at the correct level. Ensure your payslips are correct in terms of days of leave used, what kind of retirement system you are in, and current allotments which are just a few items to review at least once every year. Review your assignment history, training history, and augmentation history which are also necessary as this data is used by numerous personnel boards and working groups to make HR decisions for the NOAA Corps. NOAA Corps officers must be aware of their medical and dental status as well as approaching expiration dates, especially those individuals in the upcoming promotion zones. NOAA Corps Medical Affairs is actively working with officers during the COVID-19 pandemic and has provided additional guidance on medical readiness as it pertains to promotion status. If in doubt, please contact them directly at

FY2021 Officer Corps Management Plan (OCMP)

The FY2021 OCMP lays out the plan for the rest of the fiscal year and into the next regarding accessions, attritions, and promotions. For those of you in a promotion zone, it is especially significant that you pay close attention to the EOYP so all of the necessary documentation the selection board will review to evaluate officers is in your Officer Personnel Folder (OPF) and is up to date. If you have any questions about your OPF in terms of the upcoming promotion boards you should reach out to the Chief, Officer Career Management Division, CDR Ryan Wattam, at

Helpful Tip - Assignment Preferences

Given the timing of the End of Year Packages, here’s a helpful tip on how to adjust the range of assignments for any one of your first three preferences in your OPF. By default, once you’re in the “Update Preference” section of your OPF, selecting one of the top three preferences will populate with a list of available assignments that are one (1) grade below and two (2) grades above your current rank. Additionally, the billets displayed are available either six (6) months before or six (6) months after your current PCS date. You can change the displayed billets by forcing a change to the date that your current assignment ends. This is not permanent and will not affect any part of your OPF however it is a useful tool if you are looking for specific billets outside the six (6) month window of your current PCS date. To do this, scroll to the very bottom of the page and click in the blank box next to “refresh.” Select a new date and then click “refresh.” The results will be an updated list of assignments available during the revised time frame, again six (6) months before or six (6) months after the new date you specified. While this is helpful under special circumstances, it’s important to have your preferences as close to the date of your planned rotation as possible as assignment boards are focused on interested, available, and qualified officers who line up with each billet. CPC highly encourages everyone to keep their preferences up to date at all times. When an assignment unexpectedly becomes available, a board will start looking for officers who are interested in the billet and then go down the list of who is qualified and available to meet the needs of the service. The system does not support assignment preferences that are more than one (1) grade below or two (2) grades above your current rank.

If you have any questions or need more details, please contact the Chief, Officer Assignments Branch, LCDR Joe Carrier, at