NJAC Webinar on NOAA/OMAO Budget 101
NJAC Webinar Series
The NOAA Corps Junior Officer Advisory Committee (NJAC) is continuing its successful webinar series that was started in 2020. Each quarter the NJAC will be hosting a webinar focused on issues directly related to junior officers or other topical subjects. Topics in the past have ranged from awards and promotion processes to aviation applications to NOAA Corps medical standards. If you have any questions about this upcoming webinar or have suggestions for future webinars please direct all comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Federal Budget 101
Budget Resolutions, Reconciliations, and more are being discussed in the news right now. Are you interested in learning more about the Federal Budget process and the interplay between OMAO/NOAA and Congress? Or how NOAA's different line offices are funded? Where does the money for OMAO's new ships and aircrafts come from? This webinar will cover background information on how Congress decides where and how to spend Federal funds, as well as how they approve or change existing budget requests. In addition, it will provide NOAA specifics on how line office priorities shape our budget requests and result in the final product you see each new fiscal year. Questions are being solicited in advance to tailor the presentation to specific topics.
Mark Your Calendars
What: NJAC Webinar Series - NOAA/OMAO Budget 101
When: Thursday, August 19 @ 1330-1430 ET (1030-1130 PT)
Who: Targeted to all NOAA Corps Officers or OMAO Employees interested in learning more about Budget at the Federal/NOAA/OMAO levels
Phone: +1 (877) 422-8614 | Meeting extension: 6224861#
Augmentation Opportunity: NOAA Ship Oscar Elton Sette
Augmenting opportunity available for the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Hawaiian Monk Seal and Marine Turtle Field Camp Recovery in the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. Shelter in place dates are August 26-September 1 in Honolulu, HI. The ship will return to the island of Oahu on September 30th. Qualified OOD is required. T-AGOS experience is preferred, but not required. Interested officers should contact LCDR Jared Halonen at email@example.com.
Mental Health Referrals
The past 18 months has taken its toll on all of us, and we want to ensure that all of our officers have open access to mental health resources as they need them. If you or an officer under your command has identified as having mental health concerns please know that there are resources available.
The primary resource is for all of NOAA, officers included, is:
CDR Kenneth J. “KJ” Green, Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Director, Behavioral Health & Wellness.
Please call or email him by way of the following.
cell: 571-241-0349 (call or text)
CDR Green provides connections to care, and brief therapeutic interventions when necessary for crisis. Please know that he does not communicate directly with the readiness team in Medical Affairs without your knowledge, and only in very rare situations does he need to communicate concerns up the chain.
Another option is to communicate with LCDR MacGregor in Medical Affairs, who will also connect you to care, and to CDR Green, if appropriate and determine whether or not individual readiness needs to be adjusted accordingly.
LCDR Helen MacGregor, Nurse Practitioner in Medical Affairs.
cell: 202-657-8416 (call or text)
Medical Affairs and Behavioral Health have the same priority, you and your safety, but Medical Affairs applies a slightly broader consideration of the safety of the mission, your future safety, and any adjustments needed to your duty status. We want to be open, and transparent about this distinction.
Additional resources are:
* NOAA EAP: 1-800-222-0364
* National Crisis Text Line: 741-741
* National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:
* Insurance-covered BH services (call CDR Green or LCDR MacGregor for connections)
* Self-pay BH services
Please also see the updated COVID resource link from the Office of Health Services for Mental Health resources specifically.
Command Advisory Board: CO and XO Assignments
The CAB is scheduled on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 to make recommendations for Commanding Officer and Executive Officer assignments. Any officer within 2 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 LCDR Joe Carrier at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 301-713-7694.
From the Assignments Desk: Billet #3446 – American Samoa/Antarctica Station Chief
The OAR Global Monitoring Laboratory (GML) is seeking an officer to fill the American Samoa/South Pole Billet with a January 2023 start date. GML operates four remote Atmospheric Baseline Observatories strategically positioned around the globe. The long-term datasets collected at these observatories track atmospheric constituents that drive climate change, stratospheric ozone depletion, and baseline air quality.
The officer selected for this billet trains in Colorado for several months before spending one year in American Samoa running NOAA's atmospheric monitoring instruments, managing the observatory facilities, and completing administrative tasking necessary to operate the station. Officers then spend one year at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station in Antarctica running a similar suite of instruments at NOAA’s South Pole Observatory, coordinating shipping logistics, and assisting with other station duties.
This billet provides independent, self-starting, adventurous individuals with the opportunity to live in the tropical South Pacific, experience six months of light and six months of darkness in Antarctica, and earn the Chief of Party Pin, International Service Ribbon, and Antarctic Service Medal – all within one billet.
Interested officers should update their billet preferences and send their biographies and resumes to Christy Smith at email@example.com by September 15, 2021. Interviews will be held in late September and early October 2021. Recommendations will be made to the Assignment Board in November 2021.
From the Assignments Desk: Billet #0507 – Executive Officer, NCOTC
Are you looking for a rewarding, highly visible, fast paced land assignment shaping the future of the NOAA Corps? If so, you should consider the Executive Officer assignment at NOAA Corps Officer Training Center (NCOTC) located at USCG Academy in New London, CT.
CPC Billet #0507 – Executive Officer, NOAA Corps Officer Training Center; New London, CT is an O-3 billet with CPC at the U. S. Coast Guard Academy. This billet puts you at the forefront of the NOAA Corps officer training and development program. You will be responsible for instilling the NOAA Corps core values of HONOR, RESPECT and COMMITMENT into the new accessions of the NOAA Corps as a platoon officer. You will direct, coach and mentor both NOAA Corps and Coast Guard officer candidates. You will be working alongside Coast Guard Officer Candidate School staff officers in an integrated training environment. The opportunity to train new BOTC and CG OCS students in the barracks, classroom and during underway periods will also be charged to you. You will work closely with the Commanding Officer, NCOTC with regards to budgeting, purchasing, scheduling, curriculum development and alternative training opportunities. This is a challenging and highly visible billet and you will be acting as ambassador for the NOAA Corps at the Coast Guard’s service academy. Opportunities also exist to gain USCG Instructor and Master Training Specialist qualifications as well as underway qualifications on USCGA T-boats and USCGC Eagle.
The XO, NCOTC billet is a tremendous opportunity for a high performing NOAA Corps officer. If you are interested in learning more about this assignment please contact the XO, NCOTC, LT Michael Ball at 508-633-9137 or firstname.lastname@example.org.