In 1933, Congress set aside May 22 as an annual observance in honor of the United States Merchant Marine. Each year the Academy puts its own spin on National Maritime Day and pays tribute to all mariners past, present and future and showcases the regiment of cadets at the annual Change of Command ceremony. This year MMA celebrated National Maritime Day on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 (a week earlier than the official holiday) in order to avoid a conflict with the Coast Guard licensing exams.
While it is always a thrilling spectacle to see the entire Regiment of Cadets march, the sight is even more moving on the observance of Maritime Day. This day with flags flying, the MMA campus was dressed to impress as more than one thousand MMA cadets marched into Clean Harbors Athletic Stadium to honor their own.
The 2013 mariner of the year recipient, Major Ryan Lynch ‘01, was on hand to accept his award and address the Corps of Cadets. Major Lynch graduated from Massachusetts Maritime Academy with a degree in Marine Engineering, his 3rd Assistant Engineers License, and a commission as an officer in the United States Marine Corps. As a Naval Aviator he was assigned to fly the CH-53E Super Stallion from July 2004 through June 2009, he deployed to Djibouti, Africa, provided hurricane relief after Katrina in New Orleans, traveled to Argentina in support of the Summit of Americas, and supported the war effort in Kandahar, Afghanistan. In June 2009, Major Lynch was transferred to the Presidential Helicopter Squadron (HMX-1) in Quantico, Virginia. Major Lynch performed duties as Operations Flight Officer, Standardization Pilot, Presidential Command Pilot, and Marine One Pilot. Major Lynch was promoted to his current rank on May 1st 2012 and his next assignment will be to the Marine Corps Command and Staff College in Quantico, VA. Major Lynch's decorations include three Air Medals for valor in combat, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, along with numerous unit and campaign awards.
The days ceremonies concluded with the annual Regimental Change of Command during which the leadership baton was passed from the Class of 2013 to the Class of 2014. Congratulations to the Class of 2013 for their steady course while at the helm and we look forward to a bright future for the Class of 2014.
2013-2014 Regimental Staff
Regimental Commander: Taylor Inkley - Yarmouth, MA
Regimental Executive Officer: Matthew Lincoff – Wakefield, MA
Regimental Operations Officer: Crystal Sherman - Charlton, MA
Regimental Adjutant: Katja Juergens - Boylston, MA
Regimental Training & Retention Officer: Joseph Gomes - Wareham, MA
Cadet Chief Mate: Kyle Camara - Somerset, MA
Cadet Chief Engineer: Elliot Lewis – Bennington, VT
IMBU Operations Officer: Diana Kurek – Stamford, CT
MSEP Operations Officer: Amanda Tine – Chelmsford, MA
EMGT Operations Officer: Robert Krupa – Acushnet, MA
FENG Operations Officer: Eric Brown – Hopedale, MA
Student Government President: Brendan Burke – Attleboro, MA
First Class President: Michael Rezendes – Sandwich, MA
Student Trustee: Ryan Frost – Tiverton, RI 2013-2014 Company Staffs First Company
CC Daniel Dunn – South Weymouth, MA
XO Hillary Doucette - Manchester, MA
CC Steven Migridichian – Shrewsbury, MA
XO Brian Mason - Plymouth, MA
CC Daniel Riley - Hanover, MA
XO Tyler Evaul – Marston Mills, MA
CC Michael Romano – Burlington, MA
XO Michael Cook - Scituate, MA
CC Brian Dale – Plymouth, MA
XO Stephen Machaby - Rockland, MA
CC Michael Dooley - Lexington, MA
XO Matthew Lester – Monroe Township, NJ
CC Brendan Heath - Southampton, MA
XO Ian Memmi – Hershey, PA