NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Officer Corps, known informally as the NOAA Corps, is one of eight federal uniformed services of the United States, and operates under the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), a scientific agency overseen by the Department of Commerce. The NOAA Corps is made up of scientifically and technically trained officers. The NOAA Corps and the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps are the only U.S. uniformed services that consist only of commissioned officers, with no enlisted or warrant officer ranks. The NOAA Corps' primary mission is to monitor oceanic conditions, support major waterways, and monitor atmospheric conditions.

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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Officer Corps
Emblem of the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps
Founded22 May 1917 (1917-05-22)[1]
(105 years, 8 months)
Country United States
TypeUniformed service
Size321 officers[2]
15 ships[3]
10 aircraft[4]
Part of NOAA
Garrison/HQSilver Spring, Maryland, U.S.
Nickname(s)"NOAA Corps"
Motto(s)"Science, service, stewardship."[5]
Colors   [6]
WebsiteNOAA Corps
Director, NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps[9] RADM Nancy Hann
Deputy Director, NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps[10] RDML Chad M. Cary
Director, Office of Coast Survey RDML Benjamin Evans
VADM H. Arnold Karo
RADM Evelyn J. Fields
VADM Michael S. Devany
Aircraft flown
ReconnaissanceWP-3D, G-IV, AC-695A, DHC-6, 350CER, DHC-6-300

The NOAA Corps traces its origins to the establishment of the United States Coast and Geodetic Survey Corps on May 22, 1917, which the service recognizes as its official birthday.[11][12] The Coast and Geodetic Survey Corps became the Environmental Science Services Administration Corps (ESSA Corps) in 1965, which in turn became the NOAA Corps in 1970.[12][13]