Thomas Cuff is the twelfth technical director of the Naval Oceanographic Office (NAVOCEANO).
Prior to this position, Mr. Cuff served as the Naval Oceanography program's Pacific Theater program manager, collocated with commander, Task Force 73, in Singapore. There, he was responsible to the Commander, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command (COMNAVMETOCCOM), for the planning and execution of cooperative programs in operational hydrography, oceanography and meteorology in the western Pacific and Indian Ocean regions. These duties reflected a headquarters reassignment of the position he held as director of NAVOCEANO's Far East Regional Office in Singapore from 2002 through 2007.
Some of the key activities Mr. Cuff led while in Singapore include the establishment of a multi-year cooperative survey program in the Philippines, resumption of bilateral activities with Indonesia, the reinvigoration of activities with allies in the Western Pacific and Indian Ocean theaters and groundbreaking military survey ship visits to Vietnam and India. Following the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami in December 2004, Mr. Cuff planned and directed hydrographic surveys along the northern Sumatra coast, conducted by NAVOCEANO, in support of humanitarian relief.
From 1994 until 2002, Mr. Cuff worked on the staff of the chief of naval operations in the office of the Oceanographer of the Navy, as deputy technical director (July 1999 to January 2002). In this capacity he helped ensure the technical elements of the Navy's operational ocean and weather programs addressed operational Navy needs. Additionally, he served as a key liaison to the various national military and civilian weather and ocean agencies.
Mr. Cuff also served on the Oceanographer of the Navy's staff as the deputy director for international and ineragency policy. Mr. Cuff was the acting technical director of NAVOCEANO from May through August 2001.
A 1984 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Oceanography. Mr. Cuff served on active duty aboard a U.S. Navy destroyer as a surface warfare officer, conducted hydrographic survey operations with the Indonesian Navy, forecasted weather and oceanography for fleet units at the Naval Oceanography Command Center/Joint Typhoon Warning Center, Guam, and was a department head and Crisis Action Team lead at the Naval Polar Oceanography Center, Suitland, Md.
Mr. Cuff also holds a Master of Science in meteorology from the University of Maryland (1994). He holds memberships in the Oceanography Society and the American Meteorology Society.
Personal awards include Navy Superior Civilian Service Awards (three awards), Navy Commendation Medal (two awards) and the Navy Achievement Medal (two awards).