New OMAO DLODO
The new OMAO DLODO is Lt. Cmdr. Carl Rhodes.
Lt. Cmdr. Carl Rhodes recently became the new Office of Marine and Aviation Operations (OMAO) Deputy Line Office Diving Officer (DLODO) effective July 12, 2018. He will serve as a voting member of the NOAA Diving Control and Safety Board (NDCSB) along with the LODOs and DLODOs for OMAO, National Marine Fisheries Service, National Ocean Service, and the NOAA Diving Program Manager.
Lt. Cmdr. Rhodes is currently the Chief of Operations at the Marine Operations Center Pacific (MOC-P). He became a NOAA Diver in 2011, but was previously certified as a NAUI recreational diver in 1999. He has been an avid diver ever since, diving at locations all over the United States and around the world. He is currently also diving as a volunteer at the Oregon Coast Aquarium along with many of his MOC-P NOAA diving colleagues. In addition, he was also previously certified as a Diving Medical Technician through the National Board of Diving and Hyperbaric Medical Technology (NBDHMT).
Prior to his assignment at MOC-P, he has served at sea twice on the NOAA Ship Oscar Dyson as Navigation Officer, Operations Officer, and Acting Executive Officer. He was also the Officer in Charge of the NOAA Research Vessel Gloria Michelle at the NMFS Woods Hole Laboratory. His on shore assignments included Deputy Chief of the Northeast Fisheries Science Center’s Ecosystems Survey Branch, and OMAO Northeast Marine Facilities Manager. He holds a master’s degree in Facilities Management from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy and bachelor’s degrees in Marine Science and Small Vessel Operations from the Maine Maritime Academy.
In addition to the DLODO position, Lt. Cmdr. Rhodes has also taken over the unit diving supervision for most of the units assigned to the MOC-P. Accordingly, also effective July 12, he became Unit Diving Supervisor (UDS) for the following units:
- MOC-P, Newport, OR
- NOAA Ship Bell M. Shimada
- NOAA Ship Fairweather
- NOAA Ship Oscar Dyson
- NOAA Ship Rainier
The NDCSB is happy to welcome LCDR Rhodes to the Board and looks forward to his many contributions.