Merritt Island’s Matthew Mizell Graduates from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy
By Space Coast Daily // July 22, 2022
EDGEWOOD JR./SR. HIGH GRADUATE earned a Merchant Marine officer license in the U.S. flag merchant marine
KINGS POINT, NEW YORK – Matthew Barrett Mizell of Merritt Island recently graduated from the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, NY. Mizell earned a Bachelor of Science degree and a commission in the U. S. armed forces.
He also earned a Merchant Marine officer license in the U.S. flag merchant marine, qualifying him to serve as an officer on any ship in the U.S. flag merchant marine.
As part of his four year education, Mizell spent one year training as a cadet aboard ocean going vessels.
The Academy is one of five U.S. federal service academies. It educates and graduates licensed Merchant Marine officers to serve the nation during peace and war.
In addition to the rigorous academic and physical requirements for admission, applicants must be nominated by their Congressman or Senator. Mizell was nominated by Congressman Bill Posey.
All USMMA graduates incur an obligation to serve the United States. The U.S. Flag Merchant Marine – manned exclusively by American mariners – is essential for securing the country’s commerce in peacetime and delivering warfighters, weapons, and military supplies in times of conflict.
The majority of “Kings Pointers” serve for eight years as Navy reservists in the Strategic Sealift Officer Program while working aboard U.S. flag vessels; others will serve on active duty in our nation’s armed forces.
By virtue of their elite training and real-world experience, graduates are ready to go on day one in service of American military strength and economic power.
Dedicated during World War II, the United States Merchant Marine Academy has since served the nation in both peace and war. Learn more at WeAreTheUSMMA.com For more information about the Academy, visit CLICK HERE.