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Admiral De Bow was the Director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Commissioned Corps (NOAA Corps) and NOAA's Office of Marine and Aviation Operations. In this position he was responsible for 23 research ships and 11 research aircraft. RADM De Bow's active duty career focused on NOAA's mission to ensure safe navigation. He served aboard three NOAA hydrographic survey and mapping ships that acquired data to update the nation's nautical charts. His last sea tour was as commanding officer of the NOAA Ship RUDE; under his direction, RUDE located the wreckage of TWA Flight 800 after the jet's disastrous crash in 1996. During his career he conducted hydrographic surveys throughout most of the coastal waters of the United States. RADM De Bow also served as a member of the Mississippi River Commission from 2004-2007. 

RADM De Bow holds a B.S. degree in Commerce and Engineering from Drexel University and a M.S. in Hydrographic Sciences from the Naval Postgraduate School. He was a Senior Executive Fellow at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, and attended the Leadership for a Democratic Society curriculum at the Federal Executive Institute in Charlottesville, VA

RADM De Bow retired from active duty on October 1, 2007 after 29 years of service and became the Director of the Center of Excellence for Research on Offshore Renewable Energy at the University of Rhode Island, Graduate School of Oceanography. He presently is the President and Chief Operating Officer of I.M. Systems Group, in full charge of day-to-day leadership and management of a rapidly growing service provider to the U.S. federal sector and international governments by supplying end to end environmental and IT solutions. IMSG employs over 350 scientists and technical specialists with expertise in environmental monitoring and modeling, coastal resource management, marine environmental conservation, education and public outreach, program management, IT services, and administration support.  

Positions Held at MOAA:

  • Second Vice Chairman; Chairman, Investment Committee; Chairman, Communications Committee