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During Operation Desert Storm, Allen Metcalfe (pictured center), flew 28 combat missions in an F-14 Tomcat (displayed) while serving as a Radar Intercept Officer for Fighter Squadron 103 aboard the USS Saratoga.
At the Massachusetts Maritime Academy’s (MMA) 22nd annual “Maritime Person of the Year” on Thursday, 21 September 2017, the NY Able Services team joined MMA Alumnus and current MMA students for a photo op in front of an F-14 Tomcat. The event was hosted at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, a World War II-era aircraft carrier that has been turned into an interactive museum on the Hudson River in New York City. Over 300 industry leaders attended including the Honorable Elaine Chao, Secretary of Transportation.
Christopher J. Wiernicki, Chairman, President and CEO of the American Bureau of Shipping, was recognized for his distinguished career and service to the maritime industry as this year’s recipient of the Maritime Person of the Year Award. Wiernicki was presented with the Captain Emery Rice Medal, which is awarded annually to a civilian or military leader from around the globe. The award is named after a 1895 Mass Maritime graduate and World War I hero, Captain Emery Rice. Captain Rice was recognized twice by Theodore Roosevelt for his maritime skill and bravery as a shining example of American courage and fighting spirit.
Funds generated from this event provide different types of financial assistance for students attending the MMA, including the Captain Emery Rice Scholarship; an eight-semester scholarship covering tuition, room and board for the recipient.
Able Services supports the Massachusetts Maritime Academy and other state maritime academies because of their bachelor degree programs in engineering and facility management. Additionally, the maritime academies have great leadership development programs. We currently have fourteen MMA graduates throughout our different business units, including our CEO, Paul Saccone.
Pictured with some of Mass Maritime’s finest are Paul Saccone (MMA ’86), John Staub, Michael Roach (MMA ’13), Allen Metcalfe (MMA ’85), Paul Magda and Lexi Weinberg. The group is standing in front of the F-14 Tomcat display on the flight deck of the Intrepid. This is the type of aircraft that Allen Metcalfe flew 28 combat missions in during Operation Desert Storm while serving as a Radar Intercept Officer for Fighter Squadron 103 aboard USS Saratoga.
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