Admiral Score was commissioned as an officer in the NOAA Commissioned Officers Corps in 1990. He served aboard six NOAA vessels, among them NOAAS Ferrell, NOAAS Miller Freeman, and NOAAS Nancy Foster. During his sea service Score served from the Caribbean Sea to the Bering Sea. Score is an accomplished diver and dive master, having supervised more than 2,000 dives. Score also served in a variety of management and operational roles at Channel Islands, Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary, and Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. He served as the superintendent of Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.In 1999, Score was the NOAA Association of Commissioned Officers’ Junior Officer of the Year.
Admiral Score served as Deputy Director prior to his appointment as Director, NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps and NOAA Office of Marine and Aviation Operations beginning January 2, 2014. Prior to that assignment, he oversaw all NOAA ship fleet operations as the Director of the Office of Marine and Aviation Operations Operations Center. Score has also commanded the NOAA Marine Operations Center-Atlantic in Norfolk, Virginia and NOAAS Gordon Gunter.Admiral David A. Score