Pursuant to the Lint Center’s mission of aiding the next generation of national security workers in their academic growth, the Lint Center for National Security Studies would like to congratulate the graduated and graduating cadets and midshipmen of the United States Service Academies.
Below is a short description about each of the Service Academies and their respective graduation services, free and open to the public (in inclement weather services are restricted to ticketholders):
The United States Military Academy
The US Military Academy at West Point is the oldest of the service academies, having been established in 1802, and West Point itself is also known as the oldest continuously occupied military post in America. West Point graduates have been at the forefront of every military event since the Revolutionary War, with such notable graduates as generals Grant, Lee, Sherman, Jackson and Eisenhower, MacArthur, Bradley, Arnold, Clark, Patton, Stilwell, and Wainwright.
West Point graduation services were held last weekend. The speaker at the Academy’s commencement was Vice President, Joseph Biden.
The US Naval Academy
The US Naval Academy provides officers for both the Navy and the Marines and was established in 1850. The Naval Academy has established itself as one of the premier service academies to produce later high profile and notable graduates, including, among many others: 1 President of the US, 16 Ambassadors, 2 Cabinet Members, and 2 Nobel Prize recipients. Of note, Annapolis has graduated 46 Rhodes Scholars.
Annapolis has hosted its graduation services. The commencement speaker for the class of 2012 was Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta.
The US Merchant Marine Academy
The US Merchant Marine Academy was dedicated in 1943, however, the underpinnings of federal involvement in maritime training dates back to the administration of President Ulysses S. Grant. As a maritime nation, the US operates on the backs of the transportation of goods by the US merchant marine vessels, of which are comprised of Academy midshipmen. Further, during times of war, the US merchant marine delivers vital supplies to overseas forces and allies. Of note, the Merchant Marine Academy was the first to enroll female students, nearly two years ahead of the other service academies.
The US Merchant Marine Academy graduation services will be held on Monday, June 18, 2012. The graduation speaker for the Merchant Marine midshipmen will be retired US Navy captain, former Academy graduate, and astronaut Captain Mark Kelly. To learn more about the event, visit: United States Merchant Marine Academy - External Affairs.
The USAF Academy
Airpower leaders in the military, even before the Air Force was a separate service, advocated for a separate school for the country’s future Airmen, and later, in 1948, a board was appointed to study the existing military academies to see if an Air Force Academy fit into the national security and defense plans.The first US Air Force Academy class then entered into interim facilities in 1955. Interesting to note, to honor the Academy on its 50th anniversary, a 37-cent commemorative stamp portraying the USAF Academy Chapel was issued and the Academy was officially declared a historic landmark.
The Air Force Academy has already held their commencement ceremony, and President Obama served as the Academy graduation speaker.
The US Coast Guard Academy
The US Coast Guard Academy was founded in 1876, as one of the first service academies in the US. The first Coast Guard Academy was called the “Revenue Cutter School of Instruction” and was held aboard the schooner, Dobbin. Academy classes were held off-land for nearly 15 years. Notably, the US Coast Guard is known as the oldest life-saving service in the world, and the Academy boasts two graduates as NASA astronauts.
The US Coast Guard has also already held their commencement ceremonies with Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano giving the commencement address for the Coast Guard cadets.
Thank you for your service to the national security and defense, graduates! To read more about the service academies please visit:
- United States Merchant Marine Academy
- United States Air Force Academy - Home
- United States Coast Guard Academy::About
- United States Naval Academy | About USNA