NOAA Association of Commissioned Officers 

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NOAA Association of Commissioned Officers (ACO)


We are saddened to report that LT Matthew Forrest passed away unexpectedly on December 5, 2021, while serving as Executive Officer of the NOAA Ship Nancy Foster. 

As we all grieve along with Matt's family, NOFA and the ACO understand that many of our members are looking for ways to demonstrate financial support. To that effect, NOFA and the ACO have established a fund to help offset some of the family's funeral and/or memorial costs. Although details have yet to be worked out, remaining funds collected may go to support one or more causes for which Matt himself was very passionate, potentially including archival of the NOAA Corps's rich history.

The ACO is a nationally recognized member-based organization that supports and advocates for the NOAA Commissioned Corps active and retired officers.  The ACO also supports morale and community service events throughout the year.  Check out our Calendar section to view upcoming events, and our Photo Gallery to see photos from past events.

The ACO has several regional sections that service members around the country.  Information about each section can be found on our All Section Info page.

The NOAA Officers Family Association (NOFA) is a national organization the represents NOAA Corps active an retired officers and their families.