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  • 16 Jan 2018 10:10 AM | Arianna Ebers (Administrator)

    Arrangements for Melvin J. Tublin ’49 are as follows. A burial will be held at 1100 on January 18, 2018 at the Calverton National Cemetery in Calverton, NY. A service celebrating his life will be held at the Merchant Marine Academy Chapel at 1030 on January 19, 2018, with a lunch reception to follow at the Yocum Sailing Center. If you will be attending the memorial service, please RSVP to Lisa Donitz at lisa.donitz@alumni.usmma.edu.

    * * *

    Melvin J. Tublin, 90, died on Saturday, January 13, 2018, at his home in Brooklyn, New York. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Eileen (Wells) Tublin; his daughter, Sharon Tublin; his daughter, Pamela Tublin Cook and her husband, Jeffrey Cook; two grandchildren, Grant Cook and Lexie Cook; his sister, Rita (Tublin) Blinderman; his brother, Seymour Tublin; and many close family and friends. He was predeceased by his sister, Millie (Tublin) Horowitz. 

    Born on September 23, 1927 and raised in Brooklyn, Mr. Tublin was the third of four children of Benjamin and Rose (Low) Tublin. He graduated from the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York in 1949. While at the Merchant Marine Academy, he was a Cadet on merchant ships in the Pacific, South America, and the Mediterranean. After graduation, he was a seagoing ships officer on the S.S. Robin Kettering in South and East Africa. He received his law degree from Georgetown Law School in 1953, and combined his passion for law and the seas in the field of admiralty law. Roughly 60 years ago, he started the law firm Poles, Tublin, Patestides & Stratakis (now known as Poles, Tublin, Stratakis & Gonzalez LLP) as primarily an admiralty practice while also providing real estate, general commercial, and litigation services. The firm purchased and owned a building in the heart of New York's financial district, and has had a sister office and meaningful association with a law office in Piraeus, Greece since 1975 to help serve its international maritime clientele. He and John Poles, Michael Patestides and Chris Stratakis have all stayed at the firm throughout their long careers and remained good friends throughout his life. 

    Over the years, Mr. Tublin remained significantly involved with the Merchant Marine Academy. He was the past President of the Alumni Association (1957-1961), a member of its Board of Directors, and served as an Adjunct Professor. He received the Meritorious Alumni Service Award in 1964, Outstanding Professional Achievement Award in 1984, Kings Pointer of the Year in 1986, and the Distinguished Service Award in 1997. He served on the congressman’s selection committee for Kings Point appointees and was appointed to the Academic Advisory Board. He was also an organizer and financial supporter of the Kings Point Sailing Program. Recently, in November 2017, Mr. Tublin was inducted into the Merchant Marine Academy Hall of Distinguished Graduates. Mr. Tublin was a Captain in the United States Navy Reserves, serving for over 30 years.

    Mr. Tublin was an avid fisherman, sailor, gardener, and storyteller in his free time. He enriched the lives of his friends and family with his sincere passion for education, public service, and all of his other pursuits. 

    In lieu of flowers, please consider a tax-deductible donation to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Alumni Foundation, Inc. in memory of Melvin J. Tublin. Checks may be made payable to “USMMA Alumni Association & Foundation, Inc.” (tax ID # 11-6037948) and mailed to 300 Steamboat Road, Kings Point, NY 11024.

  • 22 Nov 2017 12:36 PM | Arianna Ebers (Administrator)

    Dear Fellow Kings Point Alumni, 

    My name is Gustave (Gus) Jockers and I’m a proud member of the class of 1971.  It was the last engineering class in our history to graduate using only a slide rule.  Portable calculators were not available until September of the year I graduated – a few months too late!  It was not my intention to write a book about my four years at Kings Point – it was a chapter of a different book I’m writing.  I was urged by my college roommate, close friend, and confidant, Tom, to focus my attention on the US Merchant Marine Academy four-year period and tell some stories about those experiences. 

    A huge number of books about the other U.S. service academies both fiction and nonfiction have been written, but very few about the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.  This is a first-hand account that covers the entire four-year experience from the first gathering at Barney Square to the day we threw our hats in the air on Tomb Memorial Field in June 1971.  Acta Non Verba became a mantra for many of us throughout our personal and professional lives.

    I came of age in the 1960s and lived through the assassination of some of the most influential people of our time, grew up in the exact location where the Woodstock event of 1969 took place, and I watched as our brightest people worked with a national purpose to land men on the moon and bring them back to Earth safely. 

    A personal note:  This book is PG rated all the way – yes, a few expletives, but nothing we haven’t heard even from our children.  I wanted to target future candidates and current midshipmen now in attendance so they could hear how much things have changed over the past nearly 50 years.  The class of 2021 recently went through their acceptance day ceremony and they are our “legacy” class.  We all wish them Godspeed and a strong tailwind! 

    The book is currently available in both paperback and eBook on Amazon at the following link or search for my name or for My Life at Kings Point.  I would appreciate you passing the word to the membership of your AAF Chapter at your convenience.  Enjoy!


    My Life at Kings Point: The Longest Days and The Shortest Years

    Independently published




    Fond regards and Happy Holidays to my fellow alumni,


    Class of 1971

    Gus Jockers



  • 20 Nov 2017 11:24 AM | Arianna Ebers (Administrator)

    Please see the following message that was distributed to the faculty, staff, and the Regiment from Academy Superintendent James Helis regarding USMMA's accreditation status.

    Capt. James F. Tobin '77

    * * * * *

    I am pleased to announce that the Middle States Commission on Higher Education has granted the US Merchant Marine Academy full reaccreditation effective 16 November 2017. I thank all of the staff, faculty, and Midshipmen who worked so hard to achieve this milestone.

    In accordance with Middle States’ transition to an eight year reaccreditation cycle, the Academy’s next full reaccreditation review will be in 2024.

    All documents associated with the Academy’s reaccreditation, including the Academy’s September 2017 monitoring report, the October 2017 report of the Middle States visiting team, and Middle States’ official notice of reaccreditation will be posted on the Academy’s website by 21 November 2017.

    Happy Thanksgiving!


    James A. Helis, Ph.D.
    Rear Admiral, U.S. Maritime Service
    Superintendent, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy
    300 Steamboat Road
    Kings Point, NY 11024
    (516) 726-5812

  • 01 Nov 2017 3:49 PM | Arianna Ebers (Administrator)

    Houston Strong!
    The USMMA Houston Alumni Chapter's update for our LOCAL community.

    USMMA Houston Alumni Chapter

    Support our local Chapter by signing up as a Member.  

    Receive discounted tickets to our events and special access to content!


    The local USMMA Houston Alumni community NEEDS YOUR HELP!

    We are still seeking Alumni and Parent volunteers for:

    Midshipmen Internship Opportunities-

    Can your company host a Midshipman for a 2 week unpaid internship?

    Local Recruiting Representatives-

    Can you attend a local high school college night and represent USMMA?

    Midshipmen Berthing Availability-

    Do you have a spare bedroom for a visiting Midshipman?

    Please contact Christine, Kim, or Robert accordingly if you can help us assist the Midshipmen!

    Christine Orioki, Houston Internship Director, cjaszlics@gmail.com

    Kimberly Fondren, Houston Recruiting Director, kfondren@gmail.com

    Robert Baldwin, Chapter Midshipmen Berthing Liaison, robertbaldwin53@gmail.com


    2 NOV 

    Chapter Luncheon with

    Jim Tobin '77, AAF President

    11 NOV

    Watch Party USMMA vs USCGA Football

    16 DEC

    USMMA at Wreaths Across America

    More information atwww.KPHouston.com


    We are excited to have 

    Christopher Stafford '10 volunteer as 

    Houston Chapter Communications Officer.  

    Please contact Chris at christopher.stafford.2010@gmail.com if you are interested in helping out with an event.

    The Houston Alumni Chapter provides the following support annually:

    1. Pays for all Midshipmen attendance at the Christmas Joint Service Military Academy Ball in Texas.

    2. Sponsor 2 USMMA Midshipmen attendance and registration at the annual Offshore Technology Conference in May. 

    3. Sponsor and Co-Host annual Plebe Send Off Luncheon to welcome new incoming class of Midshipmen and send them off well prepared for Indoctrination.  

    4. Sponsor Midshipmen for internships at local maritime companies, provide midshipman berthing and represent USMMA at regional college fair nights and military academy info nights.  


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  • 05 Jun 2017 3:32 PM | Arianna Ebers (Administrator)

    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 | Arianna Ebers (Administrator)

    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 | Arianna Ebers (Administrator)

    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 lisa.donitz@alumni.usmma.edu or 516-773-5658.


    USMMA Alumni Association and Foundation, Inc.

    14 Bond Street, #1000, Great Neck, NY 11021

    Phone: 516-482-5274 | Fax: 516-482-5308

    www.usmmaaf.com | usmmaaf@alumni.usmma.edu


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  • 21 Jun 2016 10:08 AM | Arianna Ebers (Administrator)

    View this email in a web page

    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.

    USMMA Alumni Association and Foundation, Inc.

    14 Bond Street, #1000, Great Neck, NY 11021

    Phone: 516-482-5274 | Fax: 516-482-5308

    www.usmmaaf.com | usmmaaf@alumni.usmma.edu


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  • 25 Apr 2016 2:46 AM | Arianna Ebers (Administrator)

    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 | Arianna Ebers (Administrator)


    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 bggellinger@gmail.com by November 12, 2015.

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

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