Message from the Director

Good afternoon, fellow NOAA Corps officers,

Spring is in the air and I hope everyone is able to take a moment to stop and (hopefully literally) smell the roses. This age-old bit of advice certainly has its roots in mindfulness and is just as relevant now as it was 10, 20, or even a 100 years ago. CPC is certainly in high gear with the publication of the FY22 OCMP, selection boards convening next week, and planning for BOTC 140 this summer, so I hope my own team takes this advice as well. The work being done here, out to sea, in the air, and in the office is nothing short of astounding and I want to thank everyone for their support and dedication to NOAA and the Nation. I recently saw some really impressive photos of NOAA's P-3 "Miss Piggy" conducting a fly-by of NOAA Ship Rainier and it's nearly impossible to not feel a sense of pride and honor when seeing both NOAA logos present in such a moment - Bravo Zulu to the crews of both platforms!

"Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it."
- Ferris Bueller

Stay healthy,

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CAPT Douglas MacIntyre, NOAA
Director, Commissioned Personnel Center

On the Horizon

13 May 2022 ACO Award Nomination Deadline

Approved Resignations, Separations and Retirements

LTJG Samantha Flounders 22 Apr 2022
LT Kelsey Jeffers 01 May 2022
LT Anna-Elizabeth Villard-Howe 01 May 2022
ENS Christine Sealing 01 May 2022
LCDR Lindsey Norman 18 May 2022
LTJG Anna Hallingstad 01 Jun 2022
LCDR Rebecca Shaw 14 Jul 2022
LT Alyssa Thompson 31 Aug 2022

BOTC 139

BOTC 139 Billet Night

BOTC 139 has been busy in the classroom following their return from USCGC Eagle. The class wrapped up Rules of the Road, Navigation 2, and Radar. Despite all of the PCS logistics in the works, the students are still focused on upcoming academics to include Fast Rescue Boat and Shiphandling. In addition to underway training aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Academy's 65' training vessels, BOTC 139 will be receiving underway and hydrographic training from Navigation Response Team New London. BOTC 139 and their USCG OCS 2-22 shipmates will be graduating on May 13th.

BOTC 139 Assignments:
ENS Tarah AniyaNOAA Ship Okeanos ExplorerNewport, RI
ENS Zachary Boelter NOAA Ship Rainier Newport, OR
ENS John Brostowski NOAA Ship Thomas Jefferson Norfolk, VA
ENS Louis Castillo NOAA Ship Rainier Newport, OR
ENS Jacob Cooper NOAA Ship Rainier Newport, OR
ENS Anna Gordon NOAA Ship Fairweather Ketchikan, AK
ENS Ashley Howell NOAA Ship Fairweather Ketchikan, AK
ENS James Logan NOAA Ship Nancy Foster Charleston, SC
ENS Adam Martinez NOAA Ship Fairweather Ketchikan, AK
ENS Megan O'Neill NOAA Ship Bell M. ShimadaNewport, OR
ENS Andrew Reeves AOC-Flight School Vero Beach, FL
ENS Garett Smith NOAA Ship Gordon Gunter Pascagoula, MS
ENS Robert Sobelsohn NOAA Ship Fairweather Ketchikan, AK


Members of REFTRA 92 form the chain during Basic Safety Training
Photo: CDR Christopher Skapin

REFTRA 92 arrived in Newport, RI for their three week training at the United States Maritime Resource Center on April 4th. The class is composed of 17 officers returning to sea: 2 COs, 4 XOs, and 11 OPSs. In addition to Bridge Resource Management and firefighting, REFTRA 92 has had numerous other NOAA specific presentations.

NJAC Webinar Series

Thank you to all who attended the latest edition of the NJAC Webinar Series on April 06, focused on VA Benefits. For those unable to join, or for those wishing to review the information, a recording of this and other past webinars can be found within the Junior Officer Folder. The Junior Officer Folder is a repository for a ton of useful information and resources collected and curated by junior officers.