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I am pleased, on behalf of the Ocean Sciences Section and of the oceanographic community, to present the AGU Ocean Sciences Award for outstanding and longstanding service to the ocean sciences community to J. Michael Hall, director of the Office of Climatic and Atmospheric Research at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Mike's career has been almost exclusively devoted to positions where he served the community in developing programs and technology at the frontiers of the field. From chief scientist at the NOAA Data Buoy Office in Bay St. Louis (Miss.) to executive scientist for the GARP (Global Atmospheric Research Program) Committee to chief scientist for the Office of Ocean Engineering at NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) to program manager for Ocean Climate Technology to director of the U.S. TOGA (Tropical Ocean-Global Atmosphere) Office, Mike has shown a selfless dedication to ocean sciences and an ability to deal with the bureacracy that is outstanding. We are looking to great new things from him in his new position.