USMMA faculty, staff earn Maritime Administration awards
Congratulations to the faculty and staff here at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY. Their achievements this year--honored last week at the annual Maritime Administration awards ceremony--are a testament to the continued improvements being carried out every day at the Academy.
I want to particularly recognize two individuals who earned the 2013 Maritime Administration Excellence in Customer Service Award.
Peter DeJesus was recognized for exhibiting extraordinary daily commitment and dedication to providing the highest level of security for the faculty, staff, and midshipmen of the USMMA. Keeping everyone as safe as possible on a college campus is no easy task, and we all appreciate Peter's effectiveness.
John McCormick was recognized for extraordinary commitment and dedication to providing the highest level of maintenance and repair services. John's efforts to keep Kings Point shipshape are exactly what a community like ours needs, especially since revitalizing our facilities is such a big part of our strategic plan. His work goes hand-in-glove with the major repairs taking place across campus, from replacing Mallory Pier to refurbishing Delano Hall, whose galley had not been updated in more than 60 years.
Four groups from the Academy were acknowledged with team awards:
- Maxiflex Planning team
- T/V Kings Pointer Vessel Conversion team
- Government Shutdown team
- "Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers" Curriculum team
Also last week, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx honored three individuals from USMMA during the Secretary's 46th Annual Awards Ceremony:
- Rick Sager of the Department of Health Services was awarded a Silver Medal for Meritorious Achievement;
- Carol Finegan in the Office of Professional Development and Career Services was recognized with an Excellence Award; and
- Osvaldo Jorge in Office of the Chief Financial Officer was recognized with an Excellence Award.
The dedication of the entire USMMA faculty and staff is felt far beyond the walls of the Academy, and I hope you'll join me in thanking them for their service.
RADM James. A. Helis is Superintendent of the U.S Merchant Marine Academy.