WASHINGTON — U.S. President Barack Obama on July 30 nominated retired Coast Guard Vice Adm. Manson K. Brown to take over as NOAA’s assistant secretary for environmental observation and prediction.

If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Brown would be responsible for providing policy direction for NOAA’s satellite, space weather, water, and ocean observations and forecast programs.

Brown retired from the Coast Guard in May as the highest-ranking black officer in the service’s history.

As assistant secretary, Brown would report to NOAA Administrator Kathryn Sullivan, who received Senate confirmation in March following a yearlong stint as both NOAA’s acting administrator and associate administrator for environmental observation and prediction.


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