In July 2018 Bloomer native Lowell Webb retired from the U.S. Naval Oceanographic Office at the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi after serving the U.S. Navy for 60 years.
His service combined 24 years of active duty as a naval officer in the U.S. Navy and an additional 36 years as a civilian Oceanographer for a total of 60 years of government service. In a presentation at the Naval Oceanographic Office, the Director of Oceanography said Lowell had broken the record with his length of service.
He is a graduate of Bloomer High School, the U.S. Naval Academy with a B.S. in Engineering and the U.S. Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, Calif., with an M.S. in Physics as applied to the air ocean environment.
His U.S. Navy active duty career included serving as the engineering officer aboard the destroyer USS John W Weeks, commanding a Swift Boat Squadron in Vietnam, serving as the meteorologist aboard the amphibious ship USS Boxer and later the aircraft carrier USS John F Kennedy, as well as in several commands within the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command in Norfolk, Va., Washington D.C. and Mississippi.
He went on to work as a civilian oceanographer with the U.S. Navy Oceanographic Office located at the John C Stennis Space Center in south Mississippi. His oceanographic research work detailed him to various U.S. Navy Oceanographic research vessels throughout the world’s oceans including the Atlantic, Pacific, the North Sea, the South China Sea and more.
The Oceanographic Office is tasked with providing oceanographic services and products to all elements of the Department of Defense, but particularly providing the Navy and other military services the best available knowledge of the maritime environment to aid in safe navigation and effective mission accomplishment.
Lt Commander Webb is married to the former Sandra DiStefano of Baltimore Md., they have two daughters and a son, seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren. They reside in Picayune Miss. He is a member of Bloomer American Legion Post 295.