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Marisol Chalas ‘96 was profiled recently in the Telemundo series "For They We Come Far." The series presented Chalas, a woman of Dominican origin who has achieved one of the most difficult positions in the military, that of a combat pilot in Blackhawk helicopters. (in Spanish)

The Business Network for Offshore Wind virtual International Partnering Forum for offshore wind saw presentations from Governor Charlie Baker and Massachusetts Clean Energy Commission (MassCEC) CEO Steve Pike, both of whom are very familiar with MMA. As a sponsor of the event, MassCEC debuted a virtual tour of port sites along the Massachusetts South Coast, including a stop at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, which, with MassCEC grant support has established first-in-the-nation Global Wind Organization (GWO) Sea Survival training for offshore wind. MMA is featured at the 8:47 mark in the video.

James McPherson, Federal Disaster Recovery Coordinator for FEMA - Region 1 announced two new local hires within the Long-Term Recovery Task Force. Melissa Cochrane '20 and Madison Ovadek '20, both Emergency Management majors, have been hired to support the Task Force as Emergency Management Specialists. Walpole, MA native Cochrane recently completed an internship in Digital Communications for FEMA External Affairs. She has been a member of the Army National Guard for more than two years and will support the Housing and Health & Social Services Recovery Support Function Work Groups. Ovadek hails from Portsmouth, NH and has interned in law enforcement. Both will be involved in coordinating programs and solution-based teams that are being formed to support the six states and ten tribes that make up New England Region through the Joint Field Office in Dover, NH.

George Cornelius ’11 Chief Engineer on the WW II Liberty Ship SS JOHN W BROWN recently had the folks from the Maryland Fleet Week on board for a virtual tour to promote the Project Liberty Ship dedicated to the preservation of the ship.

S. Attleboro native Lieutenant Jeremy E. Silva '12 (EM) assumed the duties of Command Center Chief at Sector Southeastern New England in June 2020, responsible for the management of all Coast Guard communications and case prosecution across the service’s 11 core mission areas, primarily focusing on search & rescue operations in Rhode Island, Cape Cod and the surrounding waters. After graduating from basic training at Training Center, Cape May, NJ he was assigned to Station Portsmouth Harbor in New Castle, NH. In 2014, LT Silva accepted a direct commission and transferred to Sector Buffalo, NY where he served as a Command Duty Officer and the Incident Management Division Chief where he was responsible for all Coast Guard search & rescue and pollution response operations in the Eastern Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway. LT Silva then transferred to the Leadership Development Center at the Coast Guard Academy from 2017-2020 where he served as a Platoon Officer and Instructor for Officer Candidate School training and preparing over 1,000 Officer Candidates.

WCVB Boston (Channel 5) recently aired an episode of its long running show Chronicle during which they paid a visit to Taylor's Point to chat with MMA President Francis McDonald '85, along with Regimental Commander Dominic Vaccari '21 (Dartmouth, MA) and Executive Officer Madison Coughlin '21 (Marion, MA). You'll find MMA at the 2:04 mark (right after the adorable seal pups!)