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Nation’s Smallest Service to Get New Leader

October 22, 1990

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Rear Admiral Sigmund R. Petersen will become head of the NOAA Corps, the nation’s smallest uniformed service, on Tuesday.

Petersen, a native of Haugesund, Norway, who emigrated to this country with his parents in 1948, succeeds Rear Admiral Francis D. Moran.

The NOAA Corps, a part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, includes about 400 officers who operate 23 research vessels and several hurricane hunting aircraft and who conduct atmospheric and oceanic research.

The corps was founded in 1917 as the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey, taking its current name in 1970. During wartime the corps comes under military command.

Petersen joined the corps in 1961 after graduation from Washington State University. Most recently he served as director of NOAA’s Pacific Marine Center in Seattle.