b'NOAA Celebrating Golden AnniversaryThroughout 2020NOAA Ship THOMAS JEFFERSON in New York Harbor abreast of the Statue of Liberty. Photo by Personnel of the NOAA Ship THOMAS JEFFERSONNOAA is kicking off a year-longOur nations oldest science agencies came together,as one, with a vision to protect and enrich life by better celebration to mark its upcomingunderstanding our ocean and atmosphere, said Cheryl 50th anniversary.Oliver, director of the NOAA Heritage program, which honors the legacy of NOAA through special events and exhibits Since its inception on October 3, 1970, NOAA has becomeacross the country. Today, people depend on NOAA science one of the worlds premier science agencies that protectsand services every day, in our homes, on the coasts we love, life and property, leads stewardship of the ocean and Greatin our daily commerce, in the seafood we eat and in our Lakes, and drives the blue economya mission that spanspersonal safety.from the surface of the sun to the floor of the ocean. Day in and day out, NOAA serves the nation in many ways Over the past five decades, NOAA has grown into aincluding:premier science agency essential to our Nation, said Neil Leading in environmental science and technology,Jacobs, acting NOAA administrator. We are proud of thathelping the world adapt to our changing planet.legacy and of the people who champion it every day. NOAA is innovating, pushing forward withOur skilled and diverse workforce and partnerships makenew research, cutting-edge technologies anNOAA a strong and unique agency, and they have set theground-breaking scientific discoveries that willstage for continued innovation and discovery for decadesto come.help us better understand our planet.Although NOAA was formally established decades ago, Building a Weather-Ready Nation. NOAA is at theits roots originated a century earlier with the Survey offorefront of weather science, making earlier and more the Coast in 1807 and the Weather Bureau and U.S. Fishaccurate forecasts, equipping emergency responders Commission in the 1870s.so communities are informed and prepared for natural14 Military Appreciation Resource Magazine Aberdeen Proving Ground'