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New Systems Operations Chief for NWS Southern Region

NWS Southern Region Systems Operations Division Chief John Duxbury (Photo: Ron Trumbla, SRH)

(Sept. 14, 2006) -- National Weather Service (NWS) Southern Region Observations and Facilities Branch Chief John Duxbury has been selected as the new Chief of the Southern Region's Systems Operations Division (SOD). He replaces Ken Graham who transferred to NWS Headquarters in August. In his new position, Duxbury is responsible for the operation, installation and maintenance of all operational observing and weather information systems in the Southern Region, as well as local and wide area administration networks and electronic mail.

Prior to joining the National Weather Service in 1993, he worked for three years at a private engineering design company; and, he served for six years as the Senior Facilities Engineer for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Central Administrative Support Center (CASC) in Kansas City. At CASC, he was instrumental in helping to establish engineering support for National Marine Fisheries Service and other Department of Commerce line offices -- in the late 1980's. One of his notable engineering design projects was the docking facility for the NOAA Ship Oregon II in Pascagoula, Miss.

From 1991 to 1993, Duxbury worked for the Special Engineering Program Office (SEPO) in support of the NWS Facilities Modernization Program. His work included the design and construction of more than 20 Weather Forecast Offices (WFO) throughout the country. He also performed on-site damage assessments for NOAA, following Hurricane Hugo (1989) in Charleston, S.C. and Hurricane Andrew (1992) in Miami, Fla.

Beginning in 1993, his accomplishments as the Southern Region Facilities Program Manager included the preparation and relocation of 30 modernized Southern Region WFOs throughout 10 states as well as the construction and relocation of the Tropical Prediction Center (National Hurricane Center). In 1998, he was promoted to the Chief of SOD's Observations and Facilities Branch. In 2005, he received a NOAA Administrator's Award for his work in the development and national implementation of the Interactive Voice - Remote Observation Collection System (IV-ROCS) to electronically collect cooperative observer data in real time.

"Clearly, John Duxbury offers a profound range of National Weather Service system experience as well as a strong background in program management, computer system development and data acquisition programs," said Bill Proenza, director of the National Weather Service Southern Region. "His leadership and experience will complement the many diverse demands made of our critically important Systems Operations Division - by the Southern Region and the entire National Weather Service."

Duxbury and his wife Susan have two children, 16-year-old Kristina and 14-year-old Christopher. Spare time activities include golf and jogging. Duxbury is also working on a revolutionary weather observation invention.

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