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Richard W. Spinrad, assistant administrator of NOAA’s Ocean Service has named John ‘Jack’ Hayes, director of NOAA’s National Weather Service’s Office of Science and Technology, as the new deputy assistant administrator for NOS. Hayes officially joins the ocean service on December 12, succeeding Jamie S. Hawkins who retired in September after 26 years of service at NOAA, including three as deputy assistant administrator. NOAA is an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

“I’m delighted to announce that Jack will be joining the ocean service team, said Spinrad. “He brings an exceptional wealth of management and information technology experience from his career in the U.S. Air Force, the private sector and at NOAA. His skills at building partnerships both internally within NOAA as well as with outside agencies and private firms are hallmarks of his leadership, and will be a strong asset as we continue to make NOAA into the global leader for integrated management of the ocean.”

“Jack has done outstanding executive level work in NOAA’s National Weather Service infusing technology and science into operational products and services,” said Brig. Gen. David L Johnson, U.S. Air Force (Ret.), director of NOAA’s National Weather Service. “We will miss his hands-on leadership. However, we also look forward to working together with him in his new capacity as deputy assistant administrator of NOAA’s Ocean Service, advancing the goals of the entire NOAA team.”

A native of Toledo, Ohio, Hayes holds both a masters and doctorate degree in meteorology from the United States Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif. and is a 1970 undergraduate of Bowling Green University where he majored in mathematics.

Hayes spent 28 years in the Air Force’s weather community, capping his career as commander of the U.S. Air Force Weather Agency, where he served and led an 1,100-person operational and scientific workforce responsible for weather forecast products supporting U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army operations worldwide.

From 1998 to 2000, Hayes served as general manager of the $500 million Automated Weather Interactive Processing System program for Litton PRC. He led the development, deployment and implementation of the critical backbone system used for weather forecasts and warnings by NOAA Weather forecast offices nationwide.

Hayes joined NOAA’s National Weather Service in 2000 as director of the Office of Science and Technology where he has been directing a 140-person workforce responsible for science and technology infusion supporting NWS operations. During his tenure he has overseen several needed improvements, including an operational air quality forecast capability, a new regional weather forecast model, and upgrades to several NWS observing and forecasting systems.

In addition to his weather service duties, Hayes led NOAA’s Weather and Water Mission Goal Team from 2002 to 2004. In this position he lead a cross-NOAA team in producing five-year program plans covering NOAA’s weather and hydrological products and services.

Hayes’ accomplishments have earned him several honors including in 2003 the “Federal 100 Award” in recognition of being among the top 100 leaders in government and industry “who have made a difference” in federal information technology. A member of the American Meteorological Society since 1975, he was named an AMS Fellow in 1997.

Hayes lives in Reston, Va. with his wife Sharon. They have three grown children: Laurel and Jennifer, both residing in northern Virginia and Marc, a resident of Columbus, Ohio.

NOAA's Ocean Service is dedicated to exploring, understanding, conserving and restoring the nation's coasts and oceans. It balances environmental protection with economic prosperity in fulfilling its mission of promoting safe navigation, supporting coastal communities, sustaining coastal habitats and mitigating coastal hazards.

NOAA is dedicated to enhancing economic security and national safety through the prediction and research of weather and climate-related events and providing environmental stewardship of our nation's coastal and marine resources.

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