Cadet Miles Ramey with President of the Massachusetts Senate, Therese Murray
Why would an Emergency Management major want to do a co-op in the Massachusetts Senate President’s office? Apparently, Emergency Management is about a lot more than controlling and/or containing explosions, fire, flood, wild winds and hazardous waste!
“This was something I wanted to do,” said Cadet 2/C Myles Ramey. Ramey, a 2009 graduate of Plymouth North High School, (Plymouth, MA), is currently a member of the MMA class of 2013, majoring in Emergency Management. “I learned a lot about a number of subjects, including education reform, disease control, poverty, homelessness and many business topics. While these topics do not deal with large-scale disasters, they do deal with the side effects of potential catastrophe. It was an excellent opportunity to see how our government works and to get some first hand experience inside the system. Also, it didn’t take the full seven weeks for me to learn how difficult it is to get things done in such a large and imperfect governmental system” he concluded.
Something Ramey didn’t want to do was attend Mass Maritime. When he was younger, his family kept a boat at the nearby Onset Bay Marina, adjacent to the Academy. His parents often remarked what a fine school it was and a good choice for Myles. He didn’t agree. But, by the end of his sophomore year in high school he knew a liberal arts college would bore him senseless. He finally attended an Academy open house and was surprised at the large variety of majors available. “When we got to the Emergency Management part of the tour, I knew instantly that it was the career I wanted! I am still pleased with my decision and would do it all again,” he remembered.
After graduating, Ramey plans to pursue a commission with the United States Navy and work as an Intelligence Officer. Until then he continues as a tutor in the Academy’s Writing Resource Center and as an Eagle Scout, working at Camp Squanto in Miles Standish State Park where he is their blacksmith.