Message from the Director

Good afternoon, fellow NOAA Corps officers,

I hope everyone was able to enjoy the recent Memorial Day holiday and reflect on the service and sacrifice of those women and men who fought bravely in defense of our country. Many of us, I know, have a rich history of family service and quite often that includes a relative that has been lost in the line of duty. It is important, as active duty officers ourselves, that we honor their memory and celebrate their service as they gave all for their country.

I'd also like to provide an update on promotions. CPC has forwarded 4 'packages' to the Secretary of Commerce to:

  • Effect the promotion of 38 officers to the ranks of lieutenant through captain on 01 July.
  • Effect the temporary appointment to ensign for 11 BOTC candidates on 11 July.
  • Effect an inter-service transfer for a current naval officer to commission in the NOAA Corps on 11 July.
  • Effect the promotion of 9 officers to the rank of lieutenant (junior grade) on 15 July.

Once the Secretary has signed the documents, CPC will announce the names of the officers promoted. With such a large push, the NOAA Corps is moving in the right direction to promote officers as vacancies arise in the grades. Grade distribution is limited by law and planned and managed by the Officer Corps Management Plan (OCMP). Vacancies occur when officers promote, retire, separate, or resign their commission. A copy of the 2021 OCMP can be found on the CPC homepage. Promotions are a time for celebration as officers are recognized for both their documented performance and for their future potential as leaders in our organization. This is a happy time, indeed!

Finally, I'd like to remind everyone of CPC's NOAA Corps All-hands meeting set for this coming Tuesday, 08 June 2021, at 13:30 EDT. Here is the link for the LiveStream and you should see the event invite on your Google calendar:

Stay healthy,

Directors signature
CDR Douglas MacIntyre, NOAA
Director, Commissioned Personnel Center

On the Horizon

18 Jun 2021 Change of Command Ceremony - NOAA Ship Pisces
Early Aug 2021 Officer Assignment Board

Approved Resignations, Separations and Retirements

LTJG Tyler Fifield 30 Jun 2021
LTJG Jackson Vanfleet-Brown 30 Jun 2021
RDML Shepard Smith 01 Jul 2021
LT Calandria DeCastro 01 Jul 2021
LT Philip Manougian 01 Jul 2021
LT Michael Silagi 01 Aug 2021
LTJG Sarah Donohoe 31 Aug 2021
LT Danial Palance 20 Sep 2021

Change of Command Ceremony for NOAA Ship Pisces

The Change of Command Ceremony for NOAA Ship Pisces, where CDR Chad Meckley will be relieving outgoing Commanding Officer CDR Patrick Murphy, will be held Friday, June 18, 2021 at 11:00 AM EDT at NOAA's Marine Operations Center - Atlantic in Norfolk, VA. While not every ceremony will have a virtual component, this one has live stream link so you can be there virtually if you would like:

This is a timed honored tradition and CPC is happy to support and congratulate CDR Patrick Murphy for a successful sea tour!

NOAA Pride (LGBTQ+) Awareness Program

NOAA is proud to join the Nation in recognizing Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer+ (LGBTQ+) Pride Month to commemorate the many contributions of LGBTQ+ employees. Observances are held throughout the month of June to increase the awareness of LGBTQ+ history and contributions of individuals who are a part of this vibrant community. The National theme for this year is: “You are Included.”

NOAA’s Office of Inclusion and Civil Rights (OICR) is partnering with NOAA Pride, NOAA’s newly established LGBTQ+ Employee Resource Group, to host the 2021 NOAA Pride Program. This year’s program will be conducted via webinar. The details are as follows:

Date: Tuesday, June 15
Time: 1:30 - 2:30 EST
Speaker: Dr. Lauren Esposito

To participate, please register now at:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

This year’s speaker is Dr. Lauren Esposito, co-founder of, an initiative to raise the visibility of the LGBTQ+ community and allies within STEM. She is also the Curator and Schlinger Chair of Arachnology at the California Academy of Sciences. In addition, Dr. Esposito is the Co-founder/Director of a science, education, and conservation non-profit called Islands & Seas, and the founder of 500 Queer Scientists, a visibility campaign for LGBTQ+ people working in STEM careers.

This event is open to all NOAA employees. All employees should obtain supervisory approval prior to attending. An interpreter will be provided.

POC: Michelle Moore, EEO/Diversity Specialist
Office of Inclusion and Civil Rights
(202) 308-7224 (gov’t. cell)

If you need reasonable accommodation (RA), please submit your RA request via email to Ms. Moore using the email address previously provided.

From the Assignments Desk: #1003 - Safety Officer, Aircraft Operations Center

OMAO’s Aircraft Operations Center (AOC) is looking for a motivated, organized post-OPS tour officer to be the next Safety Officer and Aviation Life Support Equipment (ALSE) Manager in Lakeland, FL. AOC is home to NOAA’s fleet of research aircraft which support a variety of missions across the agency.

The billet includes two primary roles. As a Safety Officer, the officer plays a vital role supporting AOC’s Safety Management System (SMS). Duties include managing safety documents such as Operational Risk Assessments, Hazard Reports, and policies, as well as planning the annual Safety Seminar. The officer also serves as the Chair of the Aviation Safety Council. The ALSE Manager is responsible for procuring, inspecting, and maintaining equipment that is critical to the safety of personnel aboard NOAA’s aircraft. The officer will, on occasion, represent AOC in inter-agency and international aviation safety organizations.

This billet provides self-driven officers with the opportunity to gain a greater understanding of AOC’s missions and operations, develop a thorough understanding of SMS and how it is utilized to maintain a forward-looking and proactive safety culture, and provide essential life-saving equipment to personnel who fly in some of the world’s most demanding flight regimes, including over open oceans, mountains, coastal wetlands, and arctic pack ice.

Officers interested in the billet should contact LCDR Jamie Park ( and CDR Rebecca Waddington ( for more information.