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Rear Admiral Michael J. Silah

Rear Admiral Michael J. Silah

Rear Admiral Michael J. Silah

Director, NOAA Office of Marine and Aviation Operations and Director, NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps

Office of Marine and Aviation Operations
  • OMAO
Office: 301-713-7600

Rear Admiral (RADM) Michael J. Silah serves as the Director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Commissioned Officer Corps (NOAA Corps) and NOAA’s Office of Marine and Aviation Operations (OMAO), the operational arm of NOAA.

As Director of the NOAA Corps and OMAO, Rear Admiral Silah is responsible for the operation of NOAA’s fleet of research ships and aircraft as well as commissioned NOAA officers and civilian personnel.

He was commissioned into the United States Navy in 1992 and served in Patrol Squadron Nine (VP-9) as the squadron’s safety officer, completing three deployments to Southeast Asia and the Persian Gulf. He also served in Naval Force Aircraft Test Squadron (FORCE) before transferring to the NOAA Corps in 2002.

Rear Admiral Silah previously served as Commanding Officer of NOAA’s Aircraft Operations Center (AOC). Under his command, AOC improved execution to over 90 percent and flew over 6,000 flight hours in support of NOAA missions. His team was recognized with Department of Commerce Silver and Bronze awards, a NOAA Unit Citation, and the Safety Management System Level 3 award--the highest possible distinction. He also led AOC during the relocation from MacDill AFB in Tampa to a new facility in Lakeland, Florida.

Earlier assignments include: Chief of Staff of National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP), Chief of Staff of OMAO, and aide-de-camp to the NOAA Administrator. Rear Admiral Silah has flown over 3,000 flight hours in the P-3, including over 1,500 hours as pilot-in-command, over 500 hours of Navy flight test, and nearly 150 hurricane penetrations.

Rear Admiral Silah holds a degree in economics from Duke and an MPA from Harvard. His awards include the Department of Commerce Gold Medal, NOAA Corps Meritorious Service Medal, NOAA Corps Commendation Medals, and NOAA Corps Achievement Medals. He is an active member in the prestigious Explorers Club, a group dedicated to promoting scientific exploration.

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