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TS Kenedy Engine Room Tour    

June 28, 2018

Take a tour of the T/S Kennedy's engine room with Col. Michael Fossum and the TAMMA cadets!

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June 27 Reports    

June 27, 2018

The Noon Position Report and the Plan of the Day for June 27 are now available.




June 26 Noon Position Report    

June 26, 2018

The Noon Position Report for June 26 is now available.




Update From Col. Fossum    

June 25, 2018


Working on interviews with staff and crew, but nothing out of the ordinary today.

I'm excited to watch the last batch of cadets finish with their C-Nav projects. Very interesting stuff!

Will check back soon with more!

Col. Michael Fossum '80
Chief Operating Officer
Texas A&M University at Galveston




A&M Galveston Seeks Bigger Ship For Mariners In Training    

June 25, 2018


Photo: Mark Mulligan, Houston Chronicle

TAMUG Chief Operating Officer Col. Mike Fossum spoke with the Houston Chronicle about the need for a training vessel large enough to accommodate all of its students, an upgrade that would put the Galveston campus on par with the nation’s six other federally supported schools for aspiring mariners.

Its current training vessel, the 224-foot General Rudder, holds just 50 students. But the academy needed room for 275 cadets this summer.

Read the full article here.




June 25 Noon Report    

June 25, 2018

The Noon Position Report for June 25 is now available.




Update From Col. Fossum    

June 24, 2018

Everyone enjoyed a quiet Sunday with reduced work details.

The engineers were excited to work on a leak in a condenser, and made sure to give me a hard time for showing up after all the hard work was done.

I did get to try my hand at knocking carbon from the burner injectors. Intense heat!

The Junior/Senior Deck Cadets are working hard on their C-Nav projects. Quite a few have already finished! Rest assured thought that Capt. Roth and the others, along with quite a few seniors, are working with everyone else to make sure they get theirs done.

The last I heard, we will be going by the Texas Clipper on Tuesday morning. After that, we’ll take an eastern loop up toward Corpus.

Tentatively planning on stopping for some time to demonstrate anchor operations before docking.

Spirits are high and everyone is having a great time! Look forward to sending another update!

Col. Michael Fossum '80
Chief Operatin Officer
Texas A&M University at Galveston




Update From Col. Fossum    

June 23, 2018


Another great day today!

I washed dishes in the scullery last night and helped clean the bilge under the condenser in the engine room today (fun, dirty, tight access crawling through scorching hot pipes). The cadets were greatly amused at all the above.

We are currently heading straight to location of the Texas Clipper and if everything works out we should have some great photos!

Will check back in soon!

Col. Michael Fossum '80
Chief Operating Officer
Texas A&M University at Galveston




June 15 Reports    

June 15, 2018

The Noon Position Report and the Plan of the Day for June 15 are now available.



June 13 Plan of the Day    

June 11, 2018

The Plan of the Day for June 13 is now available.



June 11 Reports    

June 11, 2018

The Noon Position Report and the Plan of the Day for June 11 are now available.



Cadets Visit NASA Space Kennedy Center    

June 8, 2018


TAMMA Cadets pose with Col. Mike Fossum at NASA's Space Kennedy Center.

The TS Kennedy stopped in Port Canaveral, giving our cadets some time to visit N.A.S.A. Space Kennedy Center!

The cadets saw the Space Shuttle Atlantis, which flew its final mission, STS-135, in July 2011.

Col. Fossum, who was aboard the International Space Station when the Atlantis docked, shared stories of his 7th spacewalk, which included working in the payload of the Atlantis (pictured).

Just one stop of many in our cadets' summer term, and we look forward to sharing many more!




COO Col. Mike Fossum Talks New Ship for TAMMA    

June 7, 2018


Photo: STUART VILLANUEVA/The Daily News

Chief Operating Officer Col. Mike Fossum spoke with the Galveston Daily News about the need for a new training ship for the Texas A&M Maritime Academy.

Texas A&M University at Galveston university recently launched a campaign to get a full-sized ship back on campus.

The school already has gotten a resolution of support from Galveston County Commissioners, and U.S. Rep. Randy Weber helped arrange a meeting between school administrators and the maritime administration.

“The Maritime Academy needs a ship that adequately fits the needs of our cadets,” Weber said. “Unfortunately, the current vessel simply does not. We are working closely with the U.S. Maritime Administration to get our Ags a proper vessel.”

Read the full article here.




Sea Aggies Sign On Board the USTS Kennedy    

May 26, 2018


After 12 years of being scattered around the world on ships of all sizes, today the Cadets of the Texas A&M Maritime Academy signed the manifest and became one crew onboard the USTS Kennedy.

The cadets will spend the next several days preparing the ship for sea. Food and supplies will be loaded, medical gear brought on board and all systems tested. The ship will be washed and cleaned from stem to stern and top to bottom. Most important of all, the entire ship will practice safety drills and become familiar with what to do in the unlikely event of an emergency at sea. Prior to sailing on May 30th the U.S. Coast Guard will inspect the vessel and ensure the cadets and crew know what to do if the General Alarm sounds.

This is no pleasure cruise, but rather valuable experiential learning of navigation and engineering evolutions. Cadets learn right alongside licensed officers and instructors and exercise leadership skills that prepare our cadets for their future in the maritime industry both afloat and ashore.

We are grateful and thankful for the hospitality and generosity of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Captain Campbell and his officers, and the Maritime Administration for making this Summer Sea Term possible.

We all can’t wait to set sail, and bring the Aggies back to the sea!

V/R RADM Michael Rodriguez
Superintendent Texas A&M Maritime Academy




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