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12/13/04

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GREG MANDT TO OVERSEE NOAA’S NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE
OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

NOAA's National Weather Service has named Greg Mandt director of its Office of Science and Technology, effective today. NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, is an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Mandt, previously director of the NWS Office of Climate, Water, and Weather Services, replaces Jack Hayes, who has been selected to become the deputy director of NOAA's Ocean Service. In his new capacity, Mandt will help shape how NWS incorporates new science and technology into the Weather Service's weather, water and climate operations.

“Under Greg's leadership, OCWWS has strengthened National Weather Service relations with our partners and customers,” said Brig. Gen. David L. Johnson, U.S. Air Force (Ret.), director of NOAA's National Weather Service. “The NWS today has a much better understanding of the needs of partners and customers, and we have a Service Improvement Plan to guide us toward satisfying those needs. His perspective on customer service will serve him well in his important new role with OST.”

“Greg has a proven track record of transferring research and development into operations,” Johnson added. “He will apply this wealth of expertise to his new position as our director charged with infusing new science and technology into the Weather Service.”

Following a 14-year Air Force career, Mandt joined NOAA in 1992, serving in program manager and lead engineer roles for the Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite Program at NOAA's National Environmental Satellite and Data Information Services. In 1996, he joined the NWS as chief of the Science Branch, Office of Meteorology, then taking the leadership position at OCWWS during a NWS headquarters reorganization in 2000.

Mandt holds a bachelor of science degree in engineering mechanics from the United States Air Force Academy, and master of science degrees in systems engineering and electrical engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology.

Johnson also announced current Central Region Director Dennis McCarthy will become the acting director of OCWWS. “Dennis has succeeded as both a meteorologist-in-charge and as a regional director and is a well-respected member of the NWS Corporate Board and weather community,” Johnson said. "He will bring an important field perspective to NWS headquarters in his acting role as OCWWS director."

McCarthy celebrated his 30th year with the NWS in 2004; he joined the NWS Forecast Office in Portland, Maine, in 1974, first as a meteorologist intern and later as a journeyman forecaster. Advancing through several positions in the 1970s and 1980s, he became meteorologist-in-charge of the NWS Forecast Office in Norman, Okla., in 1990, and director of the NWS Central Region in 2000.

McCarthy graduated from the University of Missouri - St. Louis in 1968 with a bachelor of arts degree in mathematics and holds an master of science degree in meteorology from the University of Wisconsin. He also served in the U.S. Air Force as a Weather Officer during the early 1970s.

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