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Moakley salutes at ceremony LT Anna-Liza Villard-Howe salutes Captain Jack Moakley (second from right) after being relieved of command at a traditional change of command ceremony for the Research Vessel Gloria Michelle in 2014. Photo Credit: NOAA Fisheries/Anne O'Brien, NEFSC

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May 19, 2017
Contact: Shelley Dawicki

NOAA Corps 100th Anniversary

Captain Jack Moakley, NOAA Corps (retired)

Shortly after graduating from Northeastern University in 1976 with a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering, Jack Moakley joined the NOAA Corps. He was already a certified SCUBA diver, and during his 28 years as an Active Duty NOAA Corps officer his various assignments took him from the sea to Washington, D.C. His last sea tour was as Commanding Officer of the now decommissioned NOAA Ship Albatross IV, a ship that provided support to the NEFSC for over 40 years. He also holds the U.S. Coast Guard license of Master of Steam and Motor Vessels of Any Gross Tonnage upon Oceans.

  Moakley attended Suffolk University, receiving an MBA in 1981. After graduating at the top of his class and receiving his law degree from Howard University in 1989, he worked in the Office of NOAA General Council as part of the multiagency team developing regulations to implement the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 and also authored Chapter 7 of the NOAA Corps Regulations. He is licensed to practice law in Massachusetts and Virginia.

Since joining NOAA Fisheries as a civilian after his NOAA Corps retirement in 2004, Moakley has served as Chief of the NEFSC's Operations, Management and Operations Division, the organizational unit which manages budget, personnel, labor relations, acquisition, communications, safety and facilities. In 2016 he was named Associate Director of the NEFSC.

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