Michael S. Devany

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Michael S. Devany
VADM Devany 2014.jpg
Vice Admiral Michael S. Devany, NOAA
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch  United States Navy
NOAA Commissioned Corps.png NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps
Years of service 1986 - 1990 (Navy)[1]
1990 - present (NOAA Corps)
Rank US-O9 insignia.svg Vice Admiral
Commands held Deputy Under Secretary for Operations, NOAA
Director, NOAA Commissioned Corps
Director, NOAA Marine and Aviation Operations Centers
Awards NOAA Corps Meritorious Service Medal
NOAA Commendation Medal (2)
NOAA Achievement Medal (4)
Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal

Vice Admiral Michael S. Devany, NOAA is the current Deputy Under Secretary for Operations at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. He previously served as director of the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps from August 13, 2012 to January 1, 2014, succeeding RADM Jonathan W. Bailey. As Deputy Under Secretary for Operations at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, he is NOAA’s chief operating officer. VADM Devany is responsible for the day-to-day management of NOAA’s national and international operations for oceanic and atmospheric services, research, and coastal and marine stewardship. He is a key advisor to the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere/NOAA Administrator on NOAA program and policy issues. Devany is the first NOAA Corps officer to achieve the rank of vice admiral since VADM Henry A. Karo in 1965, and the second NOAA Corps officer overall. He assumed his current office on January 2, 2014.


VADM Devany is an officer in the NOAA Corps, one of the nation’s seven uniformed services. He is a graduate of the NOAA Leadership Competencies Development Program and the Harvard Senior Managers in Government program.

As Director, MAOC, RDML Devany was responsible for the safe, efficient and effective operation of the NOAA ship and aircraft fleet. He oversaw NOAA’s multi-purpose oceanographic, fisheries, and hydrographic survey vessels and aircraft that operate across the globe in support of the program requirements of NOAA.

VADM Devany has been an officer of the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps since January 1990, when he transferred from the U.S. Navy. While in the Navy, Devany served as a Surface Warfare Officer aboard the destroyer USS John Young (DD-973) in the Pacific and the Persian Gulf. VADM Devany received a bachelor's degree from the University of Washington in Biology, a masters degree from the University of South Florida in Environmental Health, and a graduate certificate from City University in Project Management. He was promoted to lieutenant in April 1994, lieutenant commander in September 1999, commander in September 2004 and to captain in May 2008.[2][3][4][5]

VADM Devany has served aboard six NOAA ships; Chapman, Discoverer, Miller Freeman, and Hi’ialakai in various capacities, and as Commanding Officer of NOAA Ships Oscar Elton Sette and John N. Cobb. These vessels were involved in fisheries and oceanographic research operations in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Gulf of Mexico. Ashore, VADM Devany has served in a variety of staff, scientific, and management positions in the NOAA line offices National Marine Fisheries Service, Oceans and Atmospheric Research, Office of Marine and Aviation Operations, and National Ocean Service. He has spent a majority of his career working in assignments that directly interfaced with state and other federal agencies, using his project management and consensus building skills to achieve program objectives. VADM Devany has spent the last several years in senior Fleet operational positions, most recently as Commanding Officer, Marine Operations Center – Atlantic. He was promoted to rear admiral (lower half) in June 2011 and appointed Director, Marine and Aviation Operations Centers (MAOC), the operational arm of NOAA’s Office of Marine and Aviation Operations (OMAO).[6] He was promoted to rear admiral in February 2012 and assumed command of the NOAA Commissioned Corps in August.

VADM Devany has been recognized for his outstanding performance of duties, receiving multiple NOAA Special Achievement Awards and the NOAA Corps Commendation Medals. Additionally, while serving in the U.S. Navy he received the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal for service in the Persian Gulf. VADM Devany is a NOAA Diver, and holds a USCG 1,600 gross ton Master, Oceans license.

VADM Devany is from Washington State, and he and his wife Tracy Bishop currently reside in Virginia with their three boys: Brendan, Kieran and Colin.

Dates of rank[edit]

Ensign Lieutenant (junior grade) Lieutenant Lieutenant Commander Commander Captain
O-1 O-2 O-3 O-4 O-5 O-6
US NOAA O1 insignia.svg US NOAA O2 insignia.svg US NOAA O3 insignia.svg US NOAA O4 insignia.svg US NOAA O5 insignia.svg US NOAA O6 insignia.svg
1990 1992 April 1994 September 1999 September 2004 May 2008
Rear Admiral (lower half) Rear Admiral Vice Admiral
O-7 O-8 O-9
US NOAA O7 insignia.svg US NOAA O8 insignia.svg US NOAA O9 insignia.svg
July 15, 2011[7] August 15, 2012[8] January 2, 2014[9]

Awards and decorations[edit]

Surface Warfare Officer Insignia.png Navy Surface Warfare Officer badge
Noaa deck officer.png NOAA Deck Officer
Noaa small-craft-command.jpg NOAA Command at Sea
Noaa diver.png NOAA Diver

NOAA Corps Meritorious Service Medal[10]
Gold star
NOAA Commendation Medal with 1 gold award star
Gold star
Gold star
Gold star
NOAA Achievement Medal with 3 award stars
Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal
NOAA Unit Citation ribbon.png NOAA Units Citation Award
Navy "E" Ribbon
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon with 3 bronze service stars
NOAA Corps Atlantic Sea Svc.JPG NOAA Corps Atlantic Service Ribbon
Bronze star
NOAA Corps Pacific Service Ribbon with 1 service star
NOAA Corps International Svc R.JPG NOAA Corps International Service Ribbon
USN Expert Pistol Shot Ribbon.png Navy Expert Pistol Shot Medal

External links[edit]

Military offices
Preceded by
Jonathan W. Bailey
Director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Corps
August 13, 2012 - 2014
Succeeded by
David A. Score
Preceded by
Philip M. Kenul
Director, Office of Marine and Aviation Operations
2011 - 2012
Succeeded by
David A. Score

This article incorporates material taken from the public domain website of the NOAA Corps.