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  • 05 Jun 2017 3:32 PM | Anonymous

    CAPT Jackie Twomey KP89 will take command in Port Arthur TX  on 20Jun. She will be the USCG Captain of the Port.

  • 14 Apr 2017 1:17 PM | Anonymous

    We are excited to introduce you to the Midshipmen selected to attend the 2017 Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in Houston, May 1-4.  The Midshipmen are being sponsored by the USMMA Houston Alumni Chapter.

    Congratulations to these outstanding Kings Pointers on earning the opportunity!  Please be sure to say hello at the next Alumni Happy Hour on May 3rd (details below)!

    M/N Robert Powell

    RJ Powell is studying Marine Transportation at USMMA.  He is the President of both the Propeller Club and the Maritime Law and Business Society.  He has his Tankerman PIC, and completed the Basic Dynamic Positioning course.  RJ hopes work on tankers upon graduation in June of 2017, but I would enjoy any kind of sailing job.

    M/N Joshua Woodburn

    Josh is studying Marine Engineering & Shipyard Management at USMMA and has played football under Coach Mike Toop (Class of 1977) for the past four years. During sea year, sailed for American Presidential Lines, American Overseas Marine, Military Sealift Command and worked an internship at Detyens Shipyard in Charleston, South Carolina. Upon graduation, he intends to utilize his unlimited horsepower license to positively contribute to a reputable maritime company in the fields of either engineering or project management. 

  • 11 Jul 2016 8:16 PM | Anonymous

    After 45 years of dedication and service to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and its Regimental Band, Director of Music Captain Ken R. Force, USMS, is retiring. Please join the Alumni Association and Foundation (AAF) as we thank Captain Force for helping the band become as distinguished as it is today.

    Captain Force began working at the Academy in 1971. He became an honorary alumnus in 2002. Prior to the Academy, he was the Band Director of the Port Chester High School Band in Port Chester, New York—a position he held for five years. He now serves as President of the Board of Directors for the Goldman Memorial Band and as a Board of Director for the Gramercy Brass Band, both active in New York City.

    • The Farewell Party will be held on Friday, July 22 in Yocum Sailing Center at Kings Point. Dinner will follow cocktail hour, which begins at 6 p.m. Celebrate with us for $50/person, checks payable to the AAF, in honor of Captain Ken Force, restricted to the Regimental Band. Click here to register.
    • If you cannot join us and would like to support this event and Captain Force, please add a testimonial for a book we will present to Ken Force. Testimonials are $50 each and can be no more than 300 words. Testimonials with photos are $100 each and can be no more than 300 words. Click here to be a part of the book we will present to Ken Force. 

    Thank you for your support. If you have any questions on this event, please contact Lisa Donitz at or 516-773-5658.


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  • 21 Jun 2016 10:08 AM | Anonymous

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    On Sunday, 6/19, the Academy posted the following answers and FAQ on their website (see link). The AAF will continue to ask for answers to all questions asked.

    Information on Sea Year Stand Down
    Sea Year is and will remain a core element of the Academy’s academic program, and we are taking action to improve the Midshipman training and experience.

    Sea Year is a unique situation for the young men and women of the USMMA, and while the Academy leadership has focused on prevention and response training, and creating a leadership development program to address campus climate issues, there is a need to ensure the safety and mutual respect for all Midshipman on vessels during Sea Year. Thus the USMMA is standing down from having Midshipmen serve on vessels as part of Sea Year training until adequate measures are instituted that ensure they can work and train in an environment that is both safe and respectful. There is no specific incident prompting this action. Effective learning can only take place when men and women feel safe and secure in a supportive environment.

    MARAD is convening a Call-to-Action with the maritime industry to address these issues and begin to develop a comprehensive plan to address these problems throughout the maritime industry. With full engagement from maritime stakeholders we hope to resume Sea Year this summer. We are making every effort to ensure an on-time graduation for any affected students. Sea Year was disrupted for some Midshipman during the 2013 government shutdown, and those affected were able to graduate.

    Midshipmen go out to Sea Year in waves and the first group of 33 from the Class of 2019 were scheduled to depart by June 25. These students will remain on campus until the resumption of Sea Year activities. Midshipmen currently at sea will disembark when they reach their next port, and return to their homes to complete their sea year project. The Academy will bear the travel costs.

    Frequently asked Questions:

    Q: What will the midshipmen currently at sea do?

    A: On a case-by-case basis we will start bringing Midshipmen currently assigned to vessels back to their homes to work on their Sea Projects, or to their internship. Returning midshipmen will disembark when they reach their next port. The Academy will bear the travel costs.

    Q: Does this affect midshipmen serving internships?

    A: Internships are not affected by the stand down.

    Q: How are midshipmen going to complete their Sea Projects?

    A: Students departing vessels will report to their homes to complete work on their Sea Projects or proceed to their internships. There are currently 33 Midshipmen scheduled to report to sea by June 25. These students will remain on campus until the resumption of Sea Year activities.

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  • 25 Apr 2016 2:46 AM | Anonymous

    2016 Midshipmen sponsored by the Houston Chapter Alumni to attend this year's OTC Conference:

    MIDN Andrew Black

    San Diego, CA

    Major: Marine Engineering and Shipyard Management

    After graduation would like to sail as 3rd Assistant Engineer within the oil and gas industry.  Currently the Regimental Career Services Liaison Officer and also held a position as the Company Logistics Officer during first rotation. 

    MIDN Augustus Sawatzki

    Washington, DC

    Major: Logistics and Intermodal Transportation

    During Cadet time, sailed aboard a Bermudan Flagged LNG Carrier.  Has developed a personal interest in Flag of Convenience operations, international maritime regulations, and global maritime education programs.  After graduation, plans to seek shipboard employment in the maritime energy sector, particularly the transport of LNG and LPG.  Actively involved as an EMS provider in Nassau County, NY. 

    MIDN Christopher McLellan

    Major: Engineering Systems, Minor Offshore Engineering

    Interested in the current standing of the offshore industry and the development of technology to advance the industry.

    Currently a Regimental Shipboard Liaison Officer, and Platoon Commander Petty Officer for Fourth Company.

    Please be sure to say HI at the Chapter's OTC happy hour!

  • 09 Nov 2015 4:30 PM | Anonymous


    Mrs. Claudia Shultz and the Shultz Family invite classmates, friends, shipmates, and all Kings Pointers to attend a memorial service for Captain Steven Wink Shultz ’84. 

    The service will be held on:

    Saturday, November 14, 2015 at 11:00 a.m.
    St. Andrew Roman Catholic Church
    2628 Del Prado Blvd. S
    Cape Coral, FL 33904

    A private reception will follow (invitation only). Please RSVP to Brenda Gellinger at by November 12, 2015.

    Condolences can be sent to:
    Claudia Shultz
    1202 SE 16th St
    Cape Coral, FL 33990

  • 05 Oct 2015 7:41 PM | Anonymous

    The USMMA Alumni Association and Foundation (AAF) is very sad to report that longtime USMMA Athletics Director Sue Petersen Lubow passed away on the afternoon of Monday, October 5, 2015. She worked at the Academy for 36 years, with 25 years as Athletic Director. She stepped down from that position in March 2014 and was later diagnosed with pancreatic cancer that May.

    Athletics Department Release - Click Here

    Her heroic battle against the deadly disease was remarkable and she continued to work as a Professor of Physical Education at the Academy to the very end. Sue was inducted in to the USMMA Athletic Hall of Fame as an honorary member on 8/10/14 in recognition of all that she has done for USMMA athletics.

    “It is a very sad day for the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy”, says Jim Tobin ’77, President of the AAF. “Sue touched the lives of so many midshipmen, graduates, coaches, faculty, staff, and Kings Point family members during her tenure. She was a true pioneer in every sense of the word and her legacy will be felt at the Academy for decades to come. She will be missed.”

    The Athletics Department released this statement on Monday evening. Additional information will be provided as becomes known. 

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  • 04 May 2015 4:38 PM | Anonymous


    Please help us welcome MIDN Anthony Gonzalez, 1/C and MIDN Michael Biehn, 1/C!  These midshipmen were sponsored by the USMMA Alumni Houston Chapter to attend the 2015 OTC in Houston.

    'THANK YOU' to everyone who paid their 2015 annual dues and helped make this opportunity possible!


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