MSC's Mewbourne Meets the Regiment

1/c cadet Mara Footit speaking with RADM Mewbourne

RADM Dee Mewbourne, currently in charge of Military Sealift Command was the program’s latest visitor. As a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, he was designated a naval flight officer, later earning an MBA from Colorado State University. Mewbourne’s command assignments include: Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 139 aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), USS Nashville (LPD 13), USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), USS Enterprise (CVN 65), USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), Naval Service Training Command

(NSTC), Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 3 and CSG-11. The Admiral has completed an impressive number of flight assignments in the air and on the ground as an accomplished flight instructor.

One of the cadets lucky enough to be seated at the Admiral’s table, 1/C Jacob Dubois a Graduate of St. Johns High School and from Shrewsbury, MA, was bowled over by …“one of the most valuable experiences I’ve ever had… One of my favorite quotes from the Admiral was his insight on the leadership trait perception. He said ‘if you are a cat in a house of dogs-you better see yourself as a lion’. When these words are spoken by a past commander of three aircraft carriers, … well … they assume a different level of attention and respect! No one could have better leadership training than what we got at lunch,” Dubois, stated.

1/C Mara Footit a 2012 graduate of Cathedral High School and from Wilbraham, MA, also seated at the Admiral’s table, was enthralled by the Commander’s advice on dealing with stress, career and otherwise. “ADMR Mewbourne touched upon the most important aspects of being a leader. During his afternoon presentation with the greater MMA community, he spoke from his heart and personal experience. He was able to address the highest levels of stress and leadership. He had lived them,” Footit recalled. Every seat, and special vacancy was filled by a cadet eager to hear and learn from the successes of the man who came to lunch.

The Distinguished Lecture Series invites selected individuals who represent the best of what the Academy aspires its cadets to become and who have achieved the highest levels of success as professionals representing any one of the Academies seven major courses of study. During the visit, the lecturer will participate in a full day of activities including a presentation, informal discussions and a campus tour. The lecture will be open to all cadets, faculty, staff, alumni and the local community. The intention is to have the lecturer share their industry experiences, knowledge, and viewpoints with the Academy community. And sometimes they stay for lunch.