National ACO Scholarships

The Executive Committee of National ACO Scholarships, Inc. has issued its annual call to high school seniors and college undergraduates for applications for scholarship awards for the 2010/2011 academic year.  The two-page application form is available on the Resources page, under the heading “National ACO Scholarships, Inc.”  Application forms may also be obtained by contacting Secretary/Treasurer Captain Dave Peterson, NOAA (Ret), by phone (301-921-6357) or email (kmpdhp -at- comcast -dot- net).  Complete application packages should be sent to the corporation’s post office address (shown on the form) and should be postmarked no later than Friday, April 30, 2010.

President Signs Legislation for Military Spouses

On Veterans Day, the President signed into law S.475, The Military Spouses Residency Relief Act. The law amends the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act to provide certain protections for military spouses with regard to residency, voting and taxation. Spouses will have the option to adopt the state in which they reside or the service member’s state of residence.  Here is the Statement by the President on S.475.



The Smith family with Admiral and Mrs. Bailey

CDR Shep Smith’s family of Norfolk, Virginia has been selected as the NOAA Corps Military Family of the Year and will be honored at the 40th Anniversary of the National Military Family Association on October 28th in Washington, DC. Congratulations to Shep, Tara, Morgan and Ben!

NOFA Directory

Please update your address and email contact information in the member area of the NOFA website. A printable version of the NOFA directory will be available for the upcoming holiday season on November 1, 2009. Please update your information as soon as possible.

ACO News

The 2010 ACO Board for the Washington, DC Chapter: President: CDR Ricardo Ramos Vice-President: CDR Greg Bass (ret.) Secretary: LTJG Laura Gallant Treasurer: LCDR Jon Neuhaus Executive Committee: CAPT Mark Ablondi CDR Mike Weaver CDR Brian Parker CDR Jim Crocker LCDR Peter Siegel LCDR Bill Mowitt LT Eric Johnson LTJG Matt Glazewski

National ACO Scholarship Awards 2009

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2009 National ACO Scholarships! Each award winner will receive $1000 in support of his/her coming academic year.
  • Ms. Casey Bulmer
  • Ms. Alyssa McKay
  • Mr. Daniel Moakley

2009 Atlantic Hurricane Outlook Event

NOAA 2009 Atlantic Hurricane Outlook Event RDML Kenul, RADM Bailey, Dr. Lubchenco, and Secretary Locke at the NOAA 2009 Atlantic Hurricane Outlook Announcement Event, May 21, 2009 at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. (Photo: CAPT Wade Blake)

Are you the next Military Family of the Year?

imageAttention NOAA Corps families! This year the National Military Family Association celebrates our 40th Anniversary, but we are really celebrating you! Your family could be named our Military Family of the Year and the winner of $1,000 and a trip to Washington, DC. This is your time to tell your personal story or recognize a special family that you know. Take a look at your family’s achievements or those of a military family you know and submit this simple nomination today. Families that are eligible for this award are any active duty, Reserve Component, or retired family of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, or Commissioned Corps of NOAA or PHS, as well as families of fallen service members. Nominate a deserving family today.

2009 Operation Purple Leadership Camp

Teenage children of NOAA Corps Officers are eligible to participate in the 2009 Operation Purple Leadership Camp. These camps are open to all military children, ages 13-17 years old, with active duty or reserve component parents in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard, as well as the Commissioned Corps of the Public Health Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.  Unlike the traditional Operation Purple summer camp program, selection for the Leadership Camp is not based on the parent’s deployment status.  Applicants may apply for both Operation Purple Summer Camp and Operation Purple Leadership Camp although acceptance to one or both is not guaranteed. Click here for details.