ANNOUNCEMENTS, NEWS, AND UPCOMING EVENTS (Updated 9 July 2017)

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • 2017-2018 Corps of Cadets Leadership

    • Corps Commander - Cole Farine

    • Deputy Corps Commander - Patrick Bohdan

    • 1st Battalion Commander - Allen Vorholt

      • Company A-1 Commander - Drake Lunney

      • Company B-1 Commander - Paden Matlock

      • Company C-1 Commander - Mackenzie Jones

      • Company D-1 Commander - Gabriel Vazquez

      • Company E-1 Commander - Michael Barnaba

      • Company V-1 Commander - TBA

    • 2nd Battalion Commander - Devin LeBlanc

      • Company A-2 Commander - Madeline Salmon

      • Company B-2 Commander - Diego Smith

      • Company C-2 Commander - David Main

      • Company D-2 Commander - Jack Clark

      • Company E-2 Commander - Gregory Grimm

      • Company V-2 Commander - TBA

NEWS

  •  Corps of Cadets Color Guard Participates in Commissioning of USS GABRIELLE GIFFORDS (LCS-10)

    • The Office of the Superintendent of the Texas A&M Maritime Academy and the Office of the Commandant of the Corps of Cadets would like to recognize the Corps of Cadets Color Guard for their service and participation in the commissioning of the USS GABRIELLE GIFFORDS (LCS-10) on Saturday, 10 June 2017 at Pier 21, Galveston, Texas.  The Color Guard was specifically requested by the Navy League and the Command of the USS GABRIELLE GIFFORDS.  Cadets participating in the Color Guard included Matthew Miller, Liana Salas, Nicholas Thornton, Alexander Mack, and Robert Frausto. Reference the article below from Naval Surface Forces Public Affairs (www.navy.mil) which also includes a link to a video of the ceremony (http://www.navy.mil/viewVideoDVIDS.asp?id=60&story_id=100981).

      • GALVESTON, Texas (NNS) -- USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10), the Navy's newest littoral combat ship, was brought to life by her crew before a crowd of nearly 2,500 guests at Pier 21 at the Port of Galveston, June 10.

        Adm. William Moran, Vice Chief of Naval Operations, delivered the ceremony's principal address before officially commissioning the ship into service. 

        "As we man the rails today, blood gets pumped, the ship comes alive, and the heart begins to beat," said Moran. "It's the blood that is infused by the spirit, the attitude, and the courage of its namesake. We are so proud to be part of Gabrielle Giffords' legacy to the United States."

        Following the commissioning, Dr. Jill Biden, the ship's sponsor and wife of former Vice President Joe Biden, gave the time-honored Navy tradition of ordering the crew to "man our ship and bring her to life!"

        The crowd sounded its approval as the crew ran aboard the ship to man their assigned stations and complete the ceremony of bringing the ship into active service to end a story that began more than five years ago.

        In 2012 the Secretary of the Navy announced the future ship's name, and USS Gabrielle Giffords became the 16th ship to be named for a woman and only the 13th ship to be named for a living person since 1850.

        The ship is commanded by Cmdr. Keith Woodley, a native of St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, who leads the core crew of 50 officers and enlisted personnel. 

        During the ceremony Woodley praised the crew for their dedication and hard work in getting the ship ready for service.

        "This is not just a new ship. This is a new class of ship and that makes it even more challenging for the crew," said Woodley. "They have risen to that challenge and performed exceptionally well in getting this ship ready for service."

        Most other Navy surface combatant ships have a crew of 300 or more Sailors, but littoral combat ships like Gabrielle Giffords have more automated systems and much smaller crews than their counterparts. Gabrielle Giffords' crew is just 73 at the ship's commissioning.

        "It's not easy being an LCS Sailor," said Gunner's Mate 1st Class Mark Dobrinin. "We have to wear so many hats and be trained on systems and duties outside of our normal job specialty due to the small crew size. Every enlisted Sailor here volunteered for the program and we're excited to serve on USS Gabrielle Giffords."

        The 3,200-ton Gabrielle Giffords was built by Austal USA in Mobile, Alabama. The ship is 421 feet in length and has a beam of 103 feet and a navigational draft of 15 feet. The ship uses two gas turbine and two diesel engines to power four steerable waterjets to speeds in excess of 40 knots.

        Littoral combat ships are fast, agile, mission-focused platforms designed to operate in near-shore environments, while capable of open-ocean tasking, and win against 21st-century coastal threats such as submarines, mines, and swarming small craft. 

        A fast, maneuverable, and networked surface combatant, Gabrielle Giffords is capable of operating independently or with an associated strike group. It is designed to defeat growing littoral threats and provide access and dominance in coastal waters.

        USS Gabrielle Giffords will depart Galveston and begin her transit to her homeport at Naval Base San Diego.

        For more news, visit www.navy.milwww.facebook.com/usnavy, or www.twitter.com/usnavy.

        For more news from Naval Surface Forces, visit www.navy.mil/local/cnsp/.

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • 20-26 August - 2017 O-Week

    • 2017 O-Week is scheduled for Sunday, 20 August through Saturday, 26 August. Click HERE for more information.

  • 30 September - Corps March-In

    • Corps of Cadets March-In (Kyle Field; South Carolina)

      • Cadets electing to ride Corps chartered buses to and from College Station should stand-by for more information after Fall 2017 begins

  • 13-14 October - Corps March-In

    • Family Weekend (Click HERE for more information)

    • Corps of Cadets Sunset Parade begins at 1750

      • Formation details to be announced at a later date

  • 11 November - Corps Military Review

    • Corps of Cadets Military Review (OR Simpson Drill Field; New Mexico)

      • Cadets electing to ride Corps chartered buses to and from College Station should stand-by for more information after Fall 2017 begins

  • 10-12 April - 2017-2018 Klenczar Cup Culmination (Tentative)

    • Details to be announced

  • 26 April - 2017-2018 Corps of Cadets Dine out (Tentative)

    • Details to be announced

    • Location to be determined

  • 28 April - 2017-2018 Corps of Cadets Awards Ceremony; Change of Command Ceremony; Final Review

    • The 2018 Corps of Cadets Awards Ceremony will take place at the gym the morning of Saturday, 28 April (details to be announced)

    • The Change of Command Ceremony and Final Review will take place at Texas A&M Maritime Academy Hall the afternoon of Saturday, 28 April 2018 (details to be announced)

  • 11 May - NROTC Spring Commissioning Ceremony (Tentative)

    • Details to be announced

    • Location to be announced

PICTURES OF EVENTS/ACTIVITIES

  • Click HERE to view pictures of Corps events/activities

PARENTS RESOURCES

QUESTIONS/SCHEDULE TOUR

  • If you have any questions or would like to schedule a tour, please email corpsinfo@tamug.edu.

    • Please note, tours are offered during normal business hours (Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm) when the University is open.  Tours are not available when the University is closed. For security reasons, the T/S GENERAL RUDDER is not part of the Corps Tour.

      • Tours must be scheduled at least five (5) University business days in advance.

    • The tour does not include visiting with department majors (i.e., Marine Transportation, Marine Engineering, etc.). To schedule a visit with an academic department, please contact the department directly. Degree and department information can be found at http://www.tamug.edu/academics/#degree_programs