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    Captain Ralph J. (Jeff) LaDouce
U.S. Navy (Retired)

Director, Pacific Region
National Weather Service
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

 

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Jeff LaDouce was commissioned as an Ensign, U.S. Navy upon graduation from the Naval Academy in June 1968. Following completion of flight training in September 1969, he was designated a Naval Aviator and helicopter pilot. He joined Helicopter Combat Support Squadron Four in Lakehurst, NJ, where he completed two deployments to Gaeta, Italy flying helicopters off the Sixth Fleet Flag ships, USS LITTLE ROCK and USS SPRINGFIELD. He later served as Officer-in-Charge of the helicopter detachment supporting the Commander of Amphibious Forces, Atlantic in Norfolk, VA.

Captain LaDouce attended the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA, receiving a M.S. in Meteorology in March of 1975. After two tours in Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron (Light) Three Seven, based at Barbers Point, HI, and a tour instructing meteorology at the Naval Academy, he joined the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command Headquarters Staff, Stennis Space Center, MS in May of 1983 as the requirements officer. Following his initial tour on the Headquarters Staff he was assigned as the Executive Officer of the Naval Oceanography Command Center/Joint Typhoon Warning Center, Guam from 1986-1989 and ship and aircraft operations officer at the Naval Oceanographic Office, Stennis Space Center, MS (1989-1991).

After a brief return tour on the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Headquarters Staff as the Assistant Chief of Staff for Navy Emerging Systems, establishing requirements and programs to support of the Navy’s newest weapons systems and sensors, he was assigned as the Staff Oceanographer /Meteorologist for the Commanders of the U.S. Pacific Command and U.S. Pacific Fleet. In July 1994 Captain LaDouce, assumed Command of the Naval Pacific Meteorology and Oceanography Center, Pearl Harbor, HI, responsible for the U.S. Navy’s meteorology and oceanography support from the western U.S. to the east coast of Africa. He returned to the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Headquarters Staff serving as the Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations and Assistant Chief of Staff for Plans and Programs.

Following retirement from the Navy in May of 1998, Captain LaDouce joined Lockheed Martin Corporation as the operations manager supporting NASA’s commercial remote sensing program located at Stennis Space Center, MS. He took over as the Director, National Weather Service, Pacific Region on May 6, 2002 .


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