CAPT Todd Bridgeman will be the featured speaker at the Hatfield Marine Science Center’s Science on Tap on Wednesday, May 10 at 6pm. CAPT Bridgeman, Director of NOAA’s Marine Operations, will present a talk on the history of the NOAA Commissioned Corps. As Director, MO, he leads an organization of 600 people responsible for the safe and effective support, maintenance, and operation of the Agency’s fleet of sixteen ocean survey vessels.
HMSC’s Science on Tap is at Rogue Ale’s South Beach waterfront location, Brewer’s on the Bay, in the downstairs Board Room. Doors open at 5:15pm, and the presentation will begin at 6pm. The family-friendly event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and early arrival is recommended. Food and beverage will be available for purchase from the regular menu.
In 2017, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Corps is celebrating a century of service as a commissioned officer corps.
The Corps traces its roots back to 1807 when President Thomas Jefferson established the Survey of the Coast, the Nation’s first scientific agency. On May 22, 1917, an act of Congress established the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey as a commissioned service. This distinction allowed officers to be transferred to the armed services in times of war. Today, NOAA Corps officers command NOAA’s fleet of research and survey vessels and fly NOAA’s shoreline mapping and environmental observation aircraft, including the “hurricane hunter.” Officers ashore serve in positions throughout NOAA, supporting a wide variety of missions including disaster response, pollution monitoring, satellite and weather operations, and natural resource management.