Askren Baldwin has worked for NOAA for over 20
years, beginning with the National Ocean Service Photogrammetry
Branch in 1972 as a secretary.
In 1990, after two breaks in service to work in private industry
and for the birth of her son, she joined the Office of Marine
and Aviation Operations (OMAO), formerly the Office of NOAA
Corps Operations, as secretary to the Deputy Director and
then the Director.
After more than 25 years as a secretary, a few years each
as a research assistant, a bookkeeper and a tax preparer,
Carol is currently a program support assistant for OMAO. As
a program support assistant, she works on OMAO's Web site,
displays and brochures. She is also known to strongly (& often)
encourage OMAO employees to submit pictures from the ships
and aircraft for both her use and NOAA's Photo Library Collection.
Carol's interest in photography began in the late '60's with
her father's Argus camera and the Time-Life book series on
photography. After a long break from taking pictures beyond
those of her son, Matthew, her interest in photography picked
up again last year with the purchase of a digital camera,
a new direction in her job working with graphics, and the
need for some background images.
Although the main subject for her pictures today is her flowers
and occasionally the sky, Carol took a lot of scenery and
driftwood pictures of her favorite part of the country last
summer - the Pacific Northwest. Carol was born in Seattle
and, after her family moved to Maryland, she goes back to
the Northwest as often as she can.