Samuel Crawford Mills, son of Larry and Jennifer Mills of Scottsdale, recently graduated from the United States Merchant Marine Academy, USMMA, at Kings Point, New York.
Mills earned a bachelor of science degree and a commission in the United States Armed Forces.
He also earned a Merchant Marine officer license, qualifying him to serve as an officer on any ship in the U.S. flag merchant marine. Mills is also a graduate of Scottsdale Christian Academy.
The United States Merchant Marine Academy is one of five U.S. federal service academies, educating and graduating 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; Mills was nominated by Congressman David Schweikert.
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.
As part of his four-year education, Mills spent one year training as a cadet aboard ocean-going vessels. Mills reported to Fort Rucker, Alabama for flight school and is fulfilling his service commitment as an active duty United States Army Aviator, second lieutenant.
Senator Mark Kelly, a 1986 alumnus of the academy, gave the commencement address and told graduates that, “[their] graduation comes at a particularly important inflection point in United States history; seapower matters now more than ever and a big part of that is all of [them],” according to the release.
Learn more at www.WeAreTheUSMMA.com and for more information about the academy, visit https://www.usmma.edu.