Nancy Hann will lead the NOAA Maritime and Air Operations Office and the NOAA Corps

As Director of OMAO and the NOAA Corps, Rear Admiral Hann will be responsible for the NOAA fleet of 15 research and investigation vessels, nine aircraft, and the wireless systems operations program. crew, as well as guide the approximately 330 uniformed officers and 1,000 civilians assigned to WAMOs and the NOAA corps.

“Rear Admiral Hann is a highly skilled and capable leader with an impressive track record of achievement,” said Richard Spinrad, Ph.D., administrator of NOAA. “It will play a critical role in ensuring the readiness and efficient operation of the NOAA fleet, which is a critical part of the country’s environmental observation infrastructure.”

Hann has served in numerous operational and managerial roles during his career with NOAA, most recently as Deputy Director of Operations of OMAO and Deputy Director of the Corps of NOAA. Hann served aboard NOAA aircraft as a pilot and flight meteorologist, and supported various science missions and several unmanned aircraft missions as a pilot and project manager. Hann also served aboard the NOAA vessels Miller Freeman and Townsend Cromwell, supporting fisheries surveys and oceanographic research in the Pacific.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to serve and look forward to working with our highly skilled and dedicated workforce to support NOAA’s science, service and stewardship missions,” said Hann . “I also want to thank my predecessor, Rear Admiral Michael Silah, for his leadership and service to the nation. “

His previous experience includes the position of Associate Director at the Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory, NOAA Liaison with US Pacific Command, General Manager of NOAA Marine Operations Center-Atlantic, Chief of Staff of the ‘OMAO and the commander of the NOAA Aircraft Operations Center. She is a certified diver with numerous scientific and working dives.

Rear Admiral Hann holds an MA in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, an MA in Aviation Science and Space Studies from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and a Bachelor of Science and Marine Biology from the University of San Diego.

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